Up until recently I never knew that the Guinness Book of World Records was sponsored by the makers of Guinness Beer, my favorite beer.
But if you think about it, it does make perfect sense that a beer company would do that. Since a lot of beer is drunk in bars where guys like to sit around and talk about world records.
There is a little art program on public television where “two fools in a van” drive around the country checking out folk art. It’s called “Rare Visions and Roadside Attractions.”
One of the neat things about the program is that they carry around the world’s biggest ball of videotape in the back of the van. It makes it kind of crowded according to the cameraman who has to sit back there with it.
Here in St. Louis we have some other things that are the world’s largest. The most famous one is the world’s largest arch, our very own stainless steel arch on the riverfront. We have the world’s largest brewery here in St. Louis as well as consuming more BBQ sauce per capita than any other city in the world.
We also have the world’s largest Vess soda bottle up on Grand Avenue and the world’s largest ketchup bottle over the river (one of the world’s largest, the Mississippi) in Collinsville, Illinois. It’s by the old Brook’s ketchup factory, or should I say catsup like it’s spelled on the bottle?
Now St. Louis has added another world’s largest to its collection. The world’s largest seesaw is now located at the iconic City Museum.
According to the Riverfront Times: “That would be the World’s Largest Seesaw. It measures 79 feet and two inches long, stands six feet and ten inches high at its fulcrum and can go as high as eleven-and-a-half feet in the air.” The seesaw was built by the same man who built the world’s largest pencil also at the City Museum.
The man’s name is Ashrita. Ashrita also hold the world’s record for holding world’s records. He has done 29,000 continuous jumping jacks as well as set 225 other world’s records.
I’m not sure if the City Museum will allow people to ride the world’s largest seesaw. Can you imagine some kid taking a header off of the thing? I’m sure the kid’s parents would have the world’s largest lawsuit going if something like that happened.