Plans afoot to have a go at bizarre world records

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus tobi. lof­tus@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

PULL up your socks, Mur­gon. It’s time to break a world record.

Neil Rose wants to see the town earn its place in the his­tory books at a fam­ily fun day next month.

He’s cho­sen a rather un­ex­pected item for the record break­ing at­tempt: the hum­ble sock.

Mr Rose said he was at­tempt­ing to break and cre­ate sev­eral world records in­clud­ing the big­gest sock fight, fur­thest sock throw, long­est sock rope, high­est num­ber of socks caught by one per­son, num­ber of socks rolled in a minute and more.

“The one I’m go­ing for the most is the big­gest sock fight in the world,” he said.

“They all work hand in hand pretty much, all up we’ll be try­ing 10 record at­tempts.

“Out­side of those ones, we’ll also be try­ing things like most sock pup­pets.”

He said Mur­gon would well and truly make his­tory with the event.

“It’s the first time any­thing like this has been at­tempted in the world,” he said.

“There are some sock records that we’re try­ing to break, but we’re also creat­ing a few new ones.

“We will get world records on the day. I can tell you that now as we are creat­ing some.”

Mr Rose said he hoped peo­ple from the Guin­ness Book of World Records would be at the event to watch his­tory in the mak­ing.

“I’ve con­tacted Guin­ness, but am wait­ing for an an­swer back,” he said.

“It’s all go­ing to be recorded any­way and I’ve ac­tu­ally been told by Guin­ness a Jus­tice of the Peace and po­lice can be judges on the day if need be.”

Mr Rose said for the event to be suc­cess­ful, it re­quired socks to be do­nated.

“We have had socks do­nated al­ready,” he said.

“Peo­ple are do­nat­ing them at the school. We’re not go­ing for most do­nated socks, although that prob­a­bly would be one of the world records.

“I didn’t even think of that one, but it’s pos­si­ble.”

Mr Rose said any odd socks whose twin had been lost in the wash­ing ma­chine, or socks with holes in them, were the per­fect socks to be do­nated.

“There are a lot of kids’ socks that have been do­nated,” he said.

“Old foot­ball socks are good for the rope. It’s eas­ier to get rid of things peo­ple don’t want.

“We need peo­ple to do­nate as many socks as they can and as many peo­ple to come on De­cem­ber 2 as pos­si­ble. The more peo­ple the bet­ter.”

Any prof­its from the event will go to the South Bur­nett PCYC.

“I used to work for the PCYC and they don’t get a lot of help,” Mr Rose said.

“They pro­vide a good ser­vice and want to ex­pand fur­ther south in the Bur­nett.

“I’ve got a his­tory with them, I find it’s a good or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

The spe­cial fam­ily fun day where the world record at­tempts will be made will be held at the South Bur­nett PCYC in Mur­gon on De­cem­ber 2 from 11am to 4pm.

It will cost $ 2 ev­ery time to join in the record at­tempt, and $ 10 for un­lim­ited rides.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

SOCK IT TO ME: Neil Rose is try­ing to break a num­ber of sock world records.

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