The past two weeks have been a heated, troubling time for thousands of people around the world. You see, in 2009, 1,052 people gathered at Rutgers University to set the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed like Waldo, of "Where’s Waldo?" fame, in the same place at one time. On June 12, another group of Waldo enthusiasts decided they’d had enough of that record, as 2,563 people congregated in Fitzgerald Park in Cork, Ireland to break that record. Sadly, Ireland remains a broken nation, and this past weekend 3,657 people showed up to break that record in Dublin’s Merrion Square.
With that many drunken Irish people dressed as Waldo – or Wally as they call him across the pond – I’m guessing the wife swapping was at an all-time high. At least I’m hoping. As for the event itself…
According to The Daily Mail, the Street Performance World Championships organized this event in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of Waldos (or Wallys) in one location. A total of 3,657 people showed up at Merrion Square in Dublin over the weekend, all wearing the immediately recognizable dark-rimmed glasses and striped outfits.
The Guinness committee hasn't yet verified if it is a record, but the crowd seemed pretty sure they had pulled it off, singing Queen's "We Are The Champions" to denote their victory. They also sang "YMCA" by the Village People. (Via Syracuse.com)
Another account has the 3,657 number being broken by yet another Irish gathering of 3,782 Waldo’s/Wally’s, but that comes from an Internet news commenter so it might as well be from the homeless man I gave half my pizza crust to the other night.
Check out a video of a special musical performance, as well as a gallery of the the Street Performance World Championships if you can find them.
(Video via Buzzfeed)