Iran General NewsCrowd foils ostrich record attempt

Crowd foils ostrich record attempt


ImageThe Guardian: Maybe it looked too delicious to resist or perhaps the hours of waiting had simply provoked appetites beyond control.

The Guardian

Robert Tait

ImageMaybe it looked too delicious to resist or perhaps the hours of waiting had simply provoked appetites beyond control.

Whatever the reason, Iran's eccentric bid to set a world record for making the biggest-ever ostrich sandwich ended when the evidence was eaten by the hungry watching crowds.

Organisers were trying to enter the Guinness World Records by producing a 1,500-metre-long (4,921ft) sandwich containing one tonne of ostrich meat.

More than 1,000 cooks laboured from early morning in Tehran's Mellat park to assemble the monster sandwich. But as soon as their task was completed, popular enthusiasm overwhelmed the need for attention to detail as crowds began devouring the snack before its measurements could be verified.

Chaotic scenes ensued as the sandwich was gobbled up, leaving Guinness representatives who were present unsure if a new standard had been set.

With local and international media on hand, organisers hope footage will be accepted as proof that the previous record of 1,378 metres, set in Italy in May, has been broken. "We still think the sandwich will be recorded because of all the evidence we will send them," organiser Parvin Shariati said.

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