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Juniata Students Seek to Set World Record for Mattress Dominoes

(Posted October 5, 2009)

Written by: Molly Sollenberger

HUNTINGDON, Pa.-- Typically, students sprawled around on mattresses throughout the campus quad means burst pipes in dorm buildings or insufficient housing accommodations when in reality such a sight is going to be a world record attempt.

"I saw the clip (about a mattress dominoes record) and immediately found breaking that new record was feasible."
Leah Cullen, junior, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Students at Juniata College are up for the challenge to beat the Guinness Book of World Records record for the largest participation in human mattress dominoes at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, around the campus quad.

Participating students will stand in front of their assembled mattresses and fall back onto them as each mattress tumbles on top of one another, domino style.

The event is open for participation to Juniata students. The event is open to the public as onlookers. The JC Rotaract Club and the JC Gym Class Club are cosponsors of the event.
Students have permission to use mattresses from their rooms and will be responsible for their own mattresses, as a record will be kept of who is using them. For more information on the attempt e-mail Leah Cullen at jcmattresscominoes@gmail.com.

Three Huntingdon area officials have agreed to act as witnesses and stewards for the event: Mike Fleck, Pennsylvania representative; Foster Ulrich, mayor of Huntingdon; and Charles Streightiff, chief of police for Huntingdon.

The record standing now, recently set on Aug. 16, 2009 by channel 9 studios in Sydney, Australia, is at 80 people on 80 mattresses.

Leah Cullen, a student from Pittsburgh, Pa. and president of the JC gym class club, arrived at the idea through a tweet posted by a movie star about the mattress dominoes record being broken this past summer. She said, "I saw the clip and immediately found breaking that new record was feasible."
Guinness world record officials have approved the event and are awaiting documentary evidence of the record-breaking attempt.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.