January 31, 2008

Poor Prior Planning Produces Poor Smurfing

If you were going to try to get a few hundred people together to cover themselves in blue paint and dress up like smurfs for the purposes of breaking the world record of “most smurfs in one location” what would be the very first thing you would do?

Think about it; I’ll wait for you.

If you said “verify what the current record was with the Guinness Book of World Records” then you are absolutely right.

If you said “check on the internet for the current record and cross your fingers hoping it was correct” then I’m sorry, you fell into the same trap as these 395 Croats1 who were trying to beat what they thought was the American record.

The true record is 451, set last year.

1 I went with “Croats” rather than “Croations” because Wikipedia told me to.

Posted by James at January 31, 2008 9:13 AM
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Smurf. That really smurfs.

Posted by: Maggie at January 31, 2008 9:46 AM

From the article:

They became famous thanks to the hugely popular cartoon of the same name which delighted children - and adults - throughout the 1980s.

Anyone here recall being "delighted" by the smurfs?

Posted by: briwei at January 31, 2008 10:08 AM

I was not delighted by the Smurfs. I did, however, get a Smurf pencil-topper from a secret santa in high school, but I didn't have it for very long. A fellow D&D player declared it a "Smurf Of Throwing," and it was lost forever.

They actually "became famous" during the 60s in continental Europe. There was a comic strip. I don't know if any adults were delighted with that either.

Posted by: Julie at January 31, 2008 10:56 AM

All I recall doing is changing the channel whenever they came on. Who can take that cronk seriously? I couldn't even as a child.

Although Donnie Darko's treatise on Smurfs always makes me laugh when I hear it.

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 1, 2008 2:17 AM

Maybe I'm wrong, but I think smurfs came on TV long after I was in the target demographic. Either that or I was never in the target demographic.

Posted by: Maggie at February 1, 2008 7:07 AM

Okay, I just looked it up. 1981. If any of us watched the smurfs, it's because we were dropping acid. We were too old.

What were the cartoons when we were little? I can only remember the classics (e.g. Bugs Bunny), something called Simba the White Lion that my sister watched, and Speed Racer that my mother wouldn't let us watch because of its violent content. Was there anything else? What the heck were we watching on Saturday mornings?

Posted by: Maggie at February 1, 2008 7:10 AM

It's coming back to me... Scooby Doo, some monster show, SuperFriends... I suspect by "adults" they meant "parents," and probably because the choice was between some mutant turtles and smurfs, and of the two, the smurfs were more delightful. Just a guess.

Posted by: Maggie at February 1, 2008 7:43 AM

A cluster of 395 Croats but not 395 groat clusters.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 1, 2008 2:59 PM

Maris, can you post an English language version of this story? I want to read about the record!

Posted by: Patti M. at February 3, 2008 4:55 PM

I wonder if a group of disgruntled, blue-painted Giants fans could pass themselves off as smurfs...

Posted by: Julie at February 3, 2008 9:48 PM

yesterday wee beat a new record.we have 533 smurfs.
you can see on www.komin.com.hr

Posted by: ante at February 4, 2008 5:41 AM

yesterday wee beat a new record.we have 533 smurfs.
you can see on www.komin.com.hr

Posted by: ante at February 4, 2008 5:41 AM

Oooh, Julie posted that a little soon did we?

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 4, 2008 8:26 AM

Well, substitute "disbelieving, disillusioned Patriots fans." This may be an unpopular point of view, but I feel like the Giants really earned that victory! In that game, I mean. Wow.

Posted by: Maggie at February 4, 2008 8:30 AM

No, the Giants did earn it. My comment was poorly timed!!

Posted by: Julie at February 4, 2008 9:48 AM

I'm just glad it's over and I don't have to hear about the upcoming game for 2 more weeks (have I mentioned I hate football?) I was kind of hoping the Pats would lose in one of the early rounds of the playoffs to spare me the 24 hour "news" coverage of the football team. At least in baseball there are still games going on every day or two so there is something worth covering that isn't OOHHH Tom Brady might have hurt his ankle, or not, or did he or didn't he, and isn't he cute. Ugh.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 4, 2008 10:00 AM

Ok, back to Smurfs.

(Did I really just type that?)

Remember your ranking with goat diapering? You're achieving critical mass with smurfs...

Search string: smurfs croatia 533
Rank: No. 2

Posted by: Patti M. at February 4, 2008 10:35 AM

Congratulations to the new smurf champions and their improved planning.

A smurf or two could have helped the Partiots last night.

Posted by: James at February 4, 2008 10:39 AM

I think the smurfing smurfs really smurfed the smurf in that game last night.

Posted by: briwei at February 4, 2008 11:40 AM

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