In the news – making your markPosted by Sharon Creese on August 24, 2009
The British attempt to break the longest-standing land speed record continues in the Mojave Desert, USA this week, after a series of disappointing failures. The team’s steam car, Inspiration, is fondly known as ‘the fastest kettle in the world’, a nickname that raises some interesting mental images! It has already unofficially beaten the 127mph steam car record, set in 1906, but must now repeat the feat meeting strict FIA criteria. So far, technical problems have dogged their every step, but the team is not giving up.
The desire to be the best at something probably exists in all of us, at some level, but there are those who set out to prove it, and in some weird and wonderful ways. Going faster than anyone else isn’t really all that strange (although the image of doing it in a kettle certainly is!), but what about typing books backwards, or reading aloud in a shopping centre?
In November 2008, Italian Michele Santelia successfully completed his Most Books Typed Backwards record attempt, when he finished number 67. He had typed 3,503,013 words, in their original languages, from books including Macbeth, The Odyssey and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Meanwhile, in 2007, a team from Uruguay had set the record for the Longest Reading Aloud Marathon (as a team – 224 hours) entertaining passers-by at a shopping centre in Paysandú.Email this Post
For those arriving to this post from the blog’s tweet and as a brief departure from all things language related, a quick Google search found a kettle that can heat water to boiling in three seconds!