Why do people risk their lives for the sake of dubious achievements
• Why do people risk their lives for the sake of dubious achievements
Guinness World Records Judge Eva Knorr told of Esquire, why people risk their lives for the sake of dubious achievements, and what rules to follow to become a champion in cooking hot dogs and sawing palaces of soap.
I recently recorded the record one Briton - he wanted to become a champion in the number of sit-ups on a whoopee cushion in 30 seconds. I stand with a stopwatch and watch closely everything going on: a grown man running from one chair to another, trying very hard, his face very serious, incredible concentration and background - that's the sound. I look at it is, then watch and think: "Is that all awake?"
Guinness judge, I have been working for two years. In 2012, I was in the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in London, when the phone rang: "Hello, this is" Guinness World Records ", we would like to invite you for an interview." I could not believe his ears - like all my childhood I loved to leaf through the book, but I never could imagine that they can have an office with a telephone. I rather imagine that this is some mysterious group of people sitting on a cloud and watching with interest what is happening on Earth. At the interview I was asked how I would have organized the championship standing on one leg. And how many people would you have admitted, and would limit the maximum time of standing, and would disqualify the incident or give another chance - these were the questions.
Office, I was certainly not a cloud, but it was still amazing. In front of my desktop in London, for example, a portrait of the biggest ass in the world - a life-size. And on the first working day of colleagues have put in front of me a bowl of flour and said, "Pretend as if you build figures out of flour." I do not understand nothing - sitting with wild eyes at this anguish fumbling. They were videotaped and then posted the video in the network - to maintain the image of what is in the "Guinness" all a little crazy. Record of "Guinness" are engaged in three divisions: the rules of the works department to establish records of records fixation department where I work and I, and the editorial department, which selects the most significant achievement for the annual book. Around the world, it spreads out about 20 judges, Russian records gets to me - because I was the only one who knows the Russian language. I learned it by chance: the school needed to select an additional item I wanted Italian, but at that time it was not a teacher, so I had to take Russian.
set records three types of customers. The first type - the individuals who want to afford something to prove as the Briton with a pillow. Second - corporations that organize team-building sessions to their employees. Recently, I was called to Germany, where one day flew employees insurance agency in Singapore to build the world's largest float on the water. The third type - a small business that wants to know the world of him. Two years ago I recorded the like Spanish food store employee cuts the ham for 24 hours - and last year the store has already opened three branches.
Records can be set free and for money. In the first case you need to send us a video with the achievement and an eyewitness account, and for 12 weeks, without leaving the office, I returned a verdict - you put a record or not. There is another option for those who do not like to wait, and to those who are important to the official representative of the Guinness attended personally. Pay 4500 euro, and I can leave you at least the next day. Each judge is leaving the field to 10-15 times per year, and the number of online applications for the records in the thousands.
Bribes to me no one has ever offered, even applicants from Russia. Sometimes, however, I myself want a little within the jurisdiction. I remember, in the UK the seller of hot dogs wanted to put the record in the number of hot dogs cooked over a minute. To go down in history, he had to make ten. And he really prepared all ten, but one hot dog I had to disqualify - very much it was untidy. The seller started to argue, but I said: "Agree, you would have never sold a hot dog to his guest." He agreed, even though he was very upset. And I, frankly, too upset - he was very nice and so expect to win. Every sentence we make on the basis of a clear guideline that writes on inventing rules of the department. From the last example, they composed a guideline for the application, "I want to make the biggest origami swan." Here's what happened: "Rule one - Swan should be made from a single sheet of paper. Rule number two - the swan must be folded before a witness. Rule Three - Swan should resemble a swan. "
Until recently, we had an application from Russian women living somewhere on the border with Kazakhstan, - they wanted to put the record for the smallest palace, cut from a piece of soap. But they had to give up - we have not provided "Smallest records." Each new record implies that someone wants to beat him. And if we start to send very tiny palaces, we can not determine the winner.
From the Russian general comes a lot of applications related to art. Last year I recorded a record of the men of the Leningrad region - he drew in the snow the largest multi-colored hearts. Before that it was the largest image a drop of water made up of people in blue shirts - from Vladivostok. Even earlier - the biggest mosaic of wine corks, 154 square meters: two Russian living in Paris, made an image of two hundred and eighty thousand traffic jams. This mosaic, by the way, we have chosen the main achievement in 2014.
Of other national laws, I noticed that in Germany comes the most requests for records associated with the machines. In America, very like to put the group records - for example, recently sent out the largest gathering of people dressed in costumes dogs. almost all applications from Russia come online, but soon I will be the first trip to Moscow - there in the barber shop will set a record for the number of twisted curls for 60 minutes. But in Ukraine, I was in August last year. Usually hotspots we are not allowed, but it was in Chernigov, and therefore allowed. There put the record "The largest area that can be filled with fertilizers for 24 hours" - a French agricultural company wanted to set a record, but at home they do not have space, so went to the Ukraine. As for the individuals, who set records - the reasons are very different and often very respectful. I remember one woman from Mexico, the record holder for the number of areas of tattoos and body piercings. Many laugh at her, but in a conversation with me, she admitted that she did all these tattoos, to feel strong. As a child, she was constantly bullied, and changing appearance, she wanted to distance himself from his past.
was another circus artist from Austria, juggler axes. He wanted to break the record for the number of shoals of the ball from one shoulder to the other. It would seem a trifle, but, breaking the record, he was terribly pleased. I only later found out: he had a serious injury, he did not get up from his bed six months, and decided that if he could set such a record, then return to work. And he could.
But the strongest impression on me an Englishman who wanted to break the record in diving bungee. At that time, the record was 50 meters, and he decided to take just 100. He was jumping with bungee first time in his life, and then he was 73 years old. The wife stayed at home because she was scared, but we were 20, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I admit I was very nervous before the jump, though retain complete peace of mind - our duties. A grandfather even did not blink: just picked up and jumped. We just fear not die while waiting for when it will come up. And he got out of the water and said: "The head is slightly turned, but the rest - have never felt better."
Crazy are not very much happens, but is full of pranksters. Most people offer to fix them the world's largest collection of guitar. Surprisingly, even how many people can come up with the same joke, and so stupid. Among my friends humorists too short. How to sit in the cafe, begins: "Eva, look, as I put the world's highest pinnacle of dominoes! Eva, look at my palace of chopsticks for sushi "I usually reply:" Do you guys see me working uniforms? No? So fuck off. "