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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Twenty-one people set themselves on fire for world record   (cleveland.com) divider line 33
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2013-10-21 10:39:06 PM
Everyone write your state representatives; I'm confident the US congress could blow this record out of the water if they just pull together!
 
2013-10-21 10:44:52 PM
Bad news for Matchbox 20.
 
2013-10-21 10:46:50 PM
And if my ex-wife had her way, I'd be number twenty two.
 
2013-10-21 10:47:14 PM
Watching the Giants Vikings game right now.  I'd happily watch 21 people set themselves on fire instead.  Perhaps we could get everyone on the field to do it and break the record with 22
 
2013-10-21 10:48:43 PM
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"Exquisite!"
 
2013-10-21 10:48:54 PM
Give a man a fire, warm him for a day....
 
2013-10-21 10:51:28 PM
They were just making a last ditch effort to get out of this town.
 
2013-10-21 10:51:57 PM
If you lived in Cleveland, you'd set yourself on fire too.
 
2013-10-21 10:53:50 PM
"Mark Simone, a minister at the Federated United Church of Christ in Chagrin Falls, was set on fire with 20 other people for 32 seconds, setting a Guinness World Record along the Cuyahoga River....."

"It's all about bringing positives to Cleveland, and if we have to set ourselves on fire to do it, then so be it,'' Berwick said.

Burning near the Cuyahoga River.......bringing positives to Cleveland? You cant make this stuff up folks!
The only Burning River that is a positive for Cleveland is Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale.
 
2013-10-21 10:54:52 PM
Followup tag busy?

Event struck me as dumb the first time it was posted. But, now that it's over, my opinion has changed to it was really, really dumb.

/don't the Tibetan monks hold an ongoing record in this?
 
2013-10-21 10:55:20 PM
www.bergproperties.com
 
2013-10-21 10:58:43 PM
suck it, Tibet
 
2013-10-21 10:59:59 PM
Christians is there nothing they cannot fail at?
 
2013-10-21 11:03:35 PM
I just got the Guiness world record for most freckles on a right arm.

A couple of them look troublesome.
 
2013-10-21 11:04:41 PM
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The river that helped spur the Clean Water Act and the EPA.
 
2013-10-21 11:10:20 PM
Twenty-one down, about 7.1 billion to go.

/dnrtfa
 
2013-10-21 11:10:32 PM
With all the wackos out there, I'm kinda surprised the record is "only" 21 people.

You'd think some fraternity somewhere would have gotten 30 volunteers no problem.
 
2013-10-21 11:12:25 PM

dv-ous: With all the wackos out there, I'm kinda surprised the record is "only" 21 people.

You'd think some fraternity somewhere would have gotten 30 volunteers no problem.


Well, in the forties it was all the rage in poland..
 
2013-10-21 11:15:56 PM
healthcare.gov will do that to you. Thanks Barry the Liar. Thanks alot.
 
2013-10-21 11:21:01 PM
Wait... they put them out?
 
2013-10-21 11:22:21 PM
They give away world's records for the stupidest things these days.

I got my first copy of the Guinness Book of Word's Records in 1975 and yeah, I thought it was cool, but I was a kid and it didn't include so much stupid stuff back then - or at least it didn't as far as I can recall.  If I had dropped every cigarette butt I'd ever smoked on the floor of my living room they'd probably give me a world's record for that too, but it would be stupid...and gross.
 
2013-10-21 11:24:24 PM
That broke a Spanish-held record of 12.

I find it hard to believe the Spanish haven't beaten that at some point in the past...
 
2013-10-21 11:32:28 PM
along the Cuyahoga River

uhhhh....
 
2013-10-21 11:39:50 PM
This event sponsored by Doritos new Flaming Zombie Jalapeño and Guinness beer flavored chips. "These delicious chips as well as the chip eaters are blackened and tanned."
 
2013-10-21 11:43:37 PM
So, basically, about half as many people as in the average Fark flamewar.
 
2013-10-21 11:47:37 PM

gfid: They give away world's records for the stupidest things these days.

I got my first copy of the Guinness Book of Word's Records in 1975 and yeah, I thought it was cool, but I was a kid and it didn't include so much stupid stuff back then - or at least it didn't as far as I can recall.  If I had dropped every cigarette butt I'd ever smoked on the floor of my living room they'd probably give me a world's record for that too, but it would be stupid...and gross.


Yup. I still have my paperback copies of the 75 and 77 books. Stuff in there they no longer allow, as they are afraid people will imitate some of the records. The newer issues of Guinness I've seen look more like some crappy Ripley's Believe It or Not deal.
 
2013-10-22 12:19:59 AM
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2013-10-22 12:31:47 AM
I'm pretty sure there were more than 21 simultaneous burning peeps during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire...but ya Guinness wasn't there.
 
2013-10-22 12:44:33 AM
 
2013-10-22 12:56:21 AM
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Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on
Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But the Lord can't make you burn
Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on
 
2013-10-22 01:07:29 AM

MarkEC: "Mark Simone, a minister at the Federated United Church of Christ in Chagrin Falls, was set on fire with 20 other people for 32 seconds, setting a Guinness World Record along the Cuyahoga River....."

"It's all about bringing positives to Cleveland, and if we have to set ourselves on fire to do it, then so be it,'' Berwick said.

Burning near the Cuyahoga River.......bringing positives to Cleveland? You cant make this stuff up folks!
The only Burning River that is a positive for Cleveland is Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale.


I was wondering how long it would take for somebody to make the association with Ohio's notoriety with flaming rivers. I honestly thought it would be sooner.

Seems fitting to me.

Oh, and religious zealots at that.
 
2013-10-22 11:12:49 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: If you lived in Cleveland, you'd set yourself on fire too.


You'd think they'd pull more than 21 people.
 
2013-10-22 12:45:57 PM
This reminds me of a stunt my cousin and I used to pull back when we were younger. We would get a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a lighter, and a wet towel and wait by a road. When we heard a car coming we would dip our fingers in the alcohol and light them on fire just before the car came in sight, waving at the occupants with tongues of blue and yellow flames flickering off of our hands. The flame is relatively cool, so we had time to wave at the cars before smothering the flame with the towel. The looks we got were priceless.

/yeah, I know. It was dumb and we could have been burned.
//still worth it.
 
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