University of Central Oklahoma students break record with “thumb war” chain

University of Central Oklahoma students unofficially broke the Guinness World Record with 872 people making a continuous chain of thumb war. The old record was 846 people. The record will be verified in two weeks.
by Diana Baldwin Published: August 22, 2012
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Students and staff members at the University of Central Oklahoma unofficially broke the Guinness World Record this week with 872 people making a continuous chain of “thumb war.”

The unofficial tally tops the previous record of 846 set by the University of Missouri at Rolla.

“We are excited,” said Kay Robinson, director of campus activities. “It was a lot of fun.”

Participants' hands had to stay locked together continuously for five minutes while being photographed and recorded on video. There were 21 witnesses to verify their actions.

Guinness World Records will confirm UCO's record in two weeks, Robinson said.

Last August, UCO broke the world record for the largest game of “Duck Duck Goose” with 1,636 participants. That record was broken two months later with 2,135 people playing in Rogersville, Mo.

The competition was part of Stampede Week, a beginning-of-school celebration.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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