Commiserations over thumb-wrestling record attempt confusion

Thumb war world record attempt at Concordia College Redlands Campus. Concordia College students, primary and secondary, succeed in breaking the Guiness Book of Records for thumbing wrestling. Students (from left) Timothy Smith, Brody Kahler, Connor Sharpe and Aidan Hukkinen Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Thumb war world record attempt at Concordia College Redlands Campus. Concordia College students, primary and secondary, succeed in breaking the Guiness Book of Records for thumbing wrestling. Students (from left) Timothy Smith, Brody Kahler, Connor Sharpe and Aidan Hukkinen Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

THERE is bad news for Concordia Lutheran College students who attempted to break the record for the world's longest thumb wrestling chain yesterday - the Japanese got there first.

A line of 541 students battled the dreaded Sweaty Hand Syndrome, linking hands on the school's tennis court and letting their digits wage war.

They were trying to beat the 2011 record of 310 tandem thumb wrestling matches set in London.

Unfortunately, it had already been trumped twice this year, first by an English primary school with 331 matches - still well below Concordia's attempt - and then by 957 thumb warriors in Japan.


The latter record was set on August 25 this year and has only very recently been verified by the Guinness Book of Records.

The logistical nightmare was not all in vain - though its name will not grace the record books, Concordia still raised more than $2750 for charity.

Grade 11 student Jenyu Shaw said their target was $3500, but the counting was ongoing.

"One of our teachers went to Cambodia to help out with a charity and he gave us the idea to do something for them,: he said.

The money will be donated to the Australian Lutheran World Service.

Students tossed around several ideas before deciding on thumb wrestling:

  1. Most party poppers exploded at once
  2. Highest number of mutual "fist-bumps"
  3. Longest Gangnam Style dance

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