Pondering over the world record attempt this weekend, and my supporting role in Rick Ryan’s world record Land’s End to John O’Groats traverse in a wheelchair, I realised that I had actually been involved in a world record long before I had become an adventurer. I was visiting a good friend in Budapest, when we had to walk back to her flat from the centre of town. This journey took us across a bridge over the Danube near the parliament building. The bridge was crowded with thousands of people and at each end were officials registering and counting people…
Another, admittedly accidental, World Record
In 2004, the Philippines attempted to break the previous mass-kissing record of 4,445 couples in Chile. A total of 5,347 pairs crowded Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard in Manila on the eve of Valentine’s Day. A year after the world record breaking event, the second Lovapalooza was held. The event encouraged wider participation of the four major cities including Manila, Angeles, Cebu, and Davao. However, it was also during this year when Hungary took the record of 5,875 couples kissing at the Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest on June 25, 2005.
That record has been broken numerous times since and currently stands at over 20,000 couples, but for a few months back in 2005, I was a participant in my first world record!