Malaysia’s Longest Pizza – Peter Lau
From the dangerous (most days spent inside a box with 6,069 scorpions) to the inexplicable (most faces captured on a phonecam) and the outright banal (first independent tire-testing facility), not a week goes by without a record-setting event somewhere in Malaysia. The country might just be the world record holder in holding records.
The efforts are chronicled in the Malaysia Book of Records, a compendium of 2,005 of the country’s bests, firsts, biggests, and longests. Many attempts are so outlandish – most time spent cooped up in a vehicle – that they’re regularly slotted into the “wacky news” segments on newscasts around the world. To Western eyes, the country seems like a nation of attention-hungry circus freaks. But in Malaysia, the desire to build the largest tea bag or gather the most twins at a single location is a form of national pride.
The Malaysia Book of Records was obviously inspired by the Guinness Book of Records. I remembered that when I was a kid, those records were meaningful or at the very least, not trivial. Like: the tallest, shortest, heaviest, smallest of anything etc. I was actually excited when the Penang Bridge was named the 3rd longest bridge in the world and the longest in Asia.
But now? Most clothes-peg on a face? Longest time playing chess under water? Shortest time to type an SMS message? The heaviest object to be pulled by the teeth?
I must say although I find these attempts to be banal and the corresponding TV shows boring, I do admire the zeal that ppl sometimes go to to get that 15-minutes of fame and a chance of immortality being listed in a Book of Records of some sort. Humans eh? Why do they do it? Because they can.
[tags]Malaysia, Malaysian, records[/tags]