Not sure when I first discovered that I can wiggle my ears, but for years it’s come in handy, especially when I run out of things to say in awkward social situations. “Look what I can do,” I’ll exclaim, pretending that I’m surprised by my own ability, as if I just discovered I could do it, and distracting myself and others from the pain of a conversation run dry.
Last year I became friends with Dan Rollman. Here’s a photo of Dan because he is a really enjoyable person to look at:
Dan makes handwritten T-shirts you can buy.
Dan and his friends also founded and run “Universal Records Data Base.” They call it “The definitive site for human achievement.” I call it “The Antidote to the Guinness Book of World Records.” It’s a user-generated world records, and perfectly timed for those of us who believe “communities of aspiration” are the new world order.
Imagine my shock when I found out Rachel Sklar set the world record for “Most Ear Wiggles in 30 Seconds.” She wiggled 61 times. Here’s Rachel setting the record:
Rachel and I have never met, but we have a bunch of good friends in common. My first response was, “I am going to destroy her.” Seems like other ear wigglers are after her too, but none in the :30 second category, so she still holds the record.
Watch out, Rachel. I’m coming after you. I’m scheduled to attempt to break your record at a public event in late August. More to come on that.
Back to URDB for a sec… I’ve met with Dan Rollman and his friends a few times, really want to figure out a show with them. In the meantime, maybe you’ve seen URDB on Jimmy Fallon (they’ve been on repeatedly). Maybe you saw them mentioned on our show It’s On With Alexa Chung.
Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for Dan and his buddies to get their own show on TV. You can follow them on Twitter here or visit their site and set your own world record this weekend.
URDB is this Friday’s Favorite Follow.
Here’s some more fun record-setting action…
This one’s from the Reflection Of Christ Youth Ministry Group!: “Largest Group of People to Mix Sprite & Alka Seltzer in Their Mouths at the Same Time”
Here’s the record you could most easily beat this weekend and have the most fun doing too: “Most People Drinking Beer WHile In A River”
And here’s the “Largest Toothpick Beard”