In the News - Record breakers

Over 1,000 people in the Chinese city of Shanghai were falling over themselves to break a rather unusual world record earlier this week.

In the news: Teaching resources - 18 July

‘Teamwork’ key to human domino mattress rally success


Over 1,000 people in the Chinese city of Shanghai were falling over themselves to break a rather unusual world record earlier this week.

The large group of volunteers set an official Guinness World Record for the largest ever human domino mattress rally.

It took just over ten minutes for all the 1,001 mattresses to be knocked over. It beat the previous record of 850 human domino mattresses, set earlier this year by a group in New Orleans.

One of the volunteers told the state television network that the secret to the record’s success lay in teamwork: “From the first to the last, we must act like one person, and that is dominoes.”




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