If there’s any evidence that there’s a Guinness Book World Record for everything, it’s this. This past Wednesday, hundreds of USF students gathered on the grass by the MLK plaza to break the Guinness World Record for the largest speed dating event.
Coordinated by the four cast members of the MTV reality show, The Buried Life, this event (which, we’re guessing, will air on a future episode of the show) had to include at least 250 people with a handful of strict guidelines.
A judge from Guinness Book of World Records, Phillip Robertson stated that students could only talk about things they wanted to do before they die when conversing at the event. Judges walked down the long stretches of tables monitoring conversation. If the topic strayed from what they wanted to do before they died, the participants would be eliminated.
If any student left before completing each of their 20 three-minute conversations, they wouldn’t be included in the record. By the end, 55 students had dropped out, which still put the total number at 288 – 38 more than the 250 mark they had to exceed.
Student’s wishes at the event ranged from winning a Grammy to opening up a hospital, visiting all 50 states, and riding a whale shark.
With a college as great as USF, we wonder how many other records they can form together and break. Largest macarena dance? Biggest hula hoop session? We’ll just have to wait and see.