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28 students ‘cram’ into VW Bug would break Guinness World Record

Tomorrow is the day that 28+ Medaille students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record. While other students are cramming for exams, these nimble men and women will be cramming themselves into one of the smaller cars on the road. The standing record was set in 2000 by folks in Kremser, Austria (25 people), though there was an unofficial (yet successful) attempt made by Penn State Abington students in 2001 (27 people). Taking no chances, the number of participants has been set at 28, and Guinness has signed off that this ‘good old college try’ is a legitimate attempt. That’s important, especially seeing that the Penn State record never counted. Buffalo’s Powder Keg Festival organizers took no chances when gearing up to set the Guinness Book’s World’s Largest Ice Maze (see record) – they even flew in a Guinness staff member to record the victory.

Apparently the VW Bug has been an unofficial mascot of the college and has been used in publicity campaigns previous to this record setting attempt. It was only a matter of time before someone had the brilliant idea to break the standing ‘cram’ record. That doesn’t mean that this is going to be easy. There’s a reason that the record has stood intact for over a decade. The rules are tough: participants must all be over 5′ tall, the doors must shut, no seats can be removed and all windows must be sealed. Participants then have just ten minutes to pull off the stunt… and then the car must start!

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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