National News

Guinness certifies new sunglass record

By The Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A laughter festival in western Michigan is claiming the record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.

Gilda's LaughFest says Tuesday that Guinness World Records has certified the March 16 event in Grand Rapids that saw 1,675 people take part for five minutes.

The previous record was 1,642 in 2012 in Chicago.

The event honours the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

Last year, 1,532 people at LaughFest put on false moustaches to set that Guinness.

Gilda's LaughFest says it also broke Guinness records in 2012 when 607 people wore chicken beaks and in 2011 when 925 rubber chickens were tossed in downtown Grand Rapids.

Organizers say Gilda's LaughFest has averaged 55,000 people per year since it started in 2011.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Virginia Smith takes mayoral seat by 315 votes
 
Tunisians hold landmark presidential election
 
NDP accused of trying to stifle conflicts
Who is this mystery woman?
 
The Carlines stop off in Fernie
 
Locals purchase Montane Terraces
Another donation for the Starlite campaign
 
Gitxsan should return to court
 
Veterans honoured by French government

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.