Wednesday, July 20, 2005

BOOK OF RECORDS


Long long ago... so long ago (but I remember roughly how long ago - in the early 90s) in the days of Doordarshan, one of my favourite shows used to be "The Spectacular World of Guinness Records" hosted by the enigmatic David Frost. It was the pioneer in television daredevilry, a strategy that would later be taken to the extreme by channels like AXN.

I remember, every week, I would stay glued to the television set, secretly hoping that one day, my name too would appear in the book. For a humble beginning, I set my eyes on the Limca Book of Records. I started to collect stamps, coins, toffee wrappers, used batteries, matchbox labels, bus tickets, soda bottle crowns, Big Fun stickers, Big Babol stickers, and tazos.

One day, a snake peeped out of my bottle crown collection (that ran into several thousands, stuffed into shoeboxes). Simultaneously, Dad and Mom threw crimson and purple fits, respectively. I think they were upset to see the snake. My dream was shattered.

I found the official website of the Guinness Book online. They have a massive collection here, and I'm sure it will take weeks to go through the whole set of records. Check it out, and I guarantee you'll have a great time!

If you'd like to help a little boy's dream come true, you still can - by leaving a record number of comments in this blog! (hehe)

14 comments:

lavsubbu said...

i don't want to disappoint you. So, here...is a comment ;-)

i remember how mad my mom was at me to discover a scorpion hiding in my Leaves-collection box. That put an end to my dream too :(

Manoj said...

Oh man...I have ophidophobia. I cant even look at the picture of snakes in a magazine. Its one of those fears which stayed with me from when I was young.

Talking about collecting stuff, I collected stamps...it was an obsession like many other school kids back then. But the real craze was with wwf cards...I was hopelessly obsessed with them, more or less like a drunkard. Every time I get a card, I would say to myself that "THIS IS THE LAST CARD YOU ARE GOING TO BUY...THATS IT" , but sadly it didnt stop till the day my mom gave everything to the waste paper vendor...and that too for free:-(

M.

janani said...

If you get into the Guinness for record number of comments, will you include the commentors' names also? :-)

Oh yes, here's a comment. :-)

Vani Viswanathan said...

a swarm of bees popped out of my collection of some rubbish (i don't even remember what!)
the post was funny :)
and janani has a point!

KARY said...

Here is a comment for you my boy. Good one. I liked this show a lot and had recorded VHS casettes too with me then but almost forgot this show after school. I will check the records online. Thanx for the post Vinesh.

monu said...

who i sthe little boy????
LOL

Vinesh said...

@Lavsubbu: Scorpion? Oh man!! Leaves collection! That must've been difficult to maintain! Thx for the comment..

@Manoj: I too was addicted to this WWF stickers & trump cards :-( There was this guy who put up shop RIGHT OUTSIDE my school! :-(

Vinesh said...

@Janani: I will surely provide the commentors' names, but I don't think they will print it. Imagine then, if they have to list names for the Guinness Record for Country with the Highest Population, LOL!:-D

@Vani: A swarm of bees? LOL. We're all forming a mini-sanctuary here! Snakes, bees, scorpions , LOL!

Vinesh said...

@Kary: Ur welcome! Great to see you here everyday :-)

@Monu: For the little boy, refer to the orange guy in the facing pic, LOL

maha said...

i used to collect chocolate wrappers like crazy.. until one day my mom said "en veetla either nee irukkanum, illa indha kuppa irukkanum". since i was a very little penniless girl, i chose the former:-)

யாத்திரீகன் said...

:-))) hey, enakum Guiness Records program-ku wait pani wait pani paartha niyabagam vandhuduchu...

but i guess my parents would be happy after reading these posts of snakes,scorpions ... that i didnt try any of these ;-) just kidding yaar.

Vinesh said...

@Maha: *laugh* I'm very happy with your choice ;-)

@Senthil: Those days of Doordarshan really make us nostalgic, don't they? :-)

Me too said...

Eeek!! Snakes, bees, scorpions-a? If even a spider or cockroach had popped its head, I would have quit this habit then and there(and made my mom a lot happy too!)

Anonymous said...

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