Sunday, June 28, 2009
Anyone eating a World's Largest Thing this summer, festival-wise? There are giant Cherry Pies to be had in George, Washington, the W.L. Pecan Pie in Okmulgee, and countless other feats of food fare to be had out there... If you partake, please post a pic or two!
-EN, dir. WLT
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The enormous knafeh measures 75 meters long and two meters wide, and has an estimated weight of about 1,350 kg.
Knafeh is a sweet pastry, renowned throughout the Arab world, Turkey as well as in Israel. It is made primarily of noodles and honey-sweetened goat cheese.
The town of Nablus is considered to be the birth place of the knafeh, which it is believed to have first appeared at the beginning of the 15th century.
Nabulus's knafeh is famous thanks to the special Nabulsi cheese used in its preparation.
People from across the state came to Fort Valley on Saturday to participate in the festival and to have a bowl of "the world's largest peach cobbler."
Whether it actually is the largest is unclear.
"We just say it is," said Rich Bennett, the Georgia Peach Festival's president and the head cook.
But who would dispute the claim, with cooks mixing the ingredients in six large clean trash cans using rakes and boat paddles before spreading it out on a metal pan for almost eight hours of cooking.
People said they enjoyed their servings of peach cobbler, doled out in Styrofoam bowls and served hot.
"It's actually pretty good," said Jerome Owens of Macon. "Being a pot that big, it's actually pretty good."
Most agreed that considering the size it was not half bad.
"Well compared to my late wife's, it's not as good, but she didn't make it this big," said Jack Broshar from Atlanta.
The cobbler is cooked on a large metal pan under a wooden pavilion, which sits all year ready for the next year's cobbler.
There are some problems that come into play when cooking such a large concoction.
"It's very, very hard not to burn the bottom," Bennett said. And some of the bottom of the cobbler burned Saturday.
"This big, it's kind of hard to get a pie crust," he said.
Cooks started arriving at 4 a.m. and covered the pan at 6:02 a.m., according to Bennett. Dessert was served at 2 p.m.
Besides the giant peach cobbler, attendees could pick from a wide selection of foods and peach products available for purchase.
Michelle Yingling, who has worked at the festival for 21 years, said she expected to sell 5,000 peaches Saturday. This was the 23rd Georgia Peach Festival, Bennett said.
"The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the peach growers," Bennett said. "Peach County wouldn't exist without peach growers."
Saturday, June 20, 2009
From http://everything2.com/title/Newton%2527s%2520Cradle: The hand that rocks the (world's biggest) cradle
Wiki also tells us of the world's biggest set of balls. Up to twenty full-sized bowling balls lined up in the classic cradle arrangement, suspended from girders by aircraft grade steel cables. To be honest, they usually only run it with 16, as the building shakes a bit too much with all 20 in operation. This also leaves four spares in case of a disaster, but it still looks impressive, even on a web page.
"The problem," according to builder, Mark Broker, "was having the balls to build it."
After a number of trials, the team started working with AMF, a leading supplier of bowling balls, and AMF made them a set of 20 balls matched for weight (15lb each) and size and internal composition.
I can't find a video on the web, but the website (the Geek Group) is listed below, and the installation is at 2309 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The guys at Geek Group say,
"In the 2008 season we are working to secure a larger facility for the cradle and rebuild it to an even larger setup with higher-weighted balls and many more of them. We hope to not only set a world's record with this, but to break our own existing record."
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Lambs Farm Attempts to Beat a World Record at Woofstock 2009
Libertyville, IL - Lambs Farm's Participants and staff are baking a dog biscuit guaranteed to treat hundreds of hungry hounds. How big must this delicious treat be? In order to break the current world record, the biscuit should weigh nearly 400 pounds and measure 16 feet, and that is what Lambs Farm plans to do. The organization will unveil the world's largest dog biscuit on Saturday, June 20 at Woofstock - One Day of Puppy Love.
The agency has already applied to attempt the record-setting feat, and will submit its official results after the final weigh-in. The mammoth dog treat's recipe includes 300 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of peanut butter and 20 pounds of eggs. After the official weigh-in and photos, the biscuit will be cut up and samples will be available for all four-legged Woofstock attendees.
Lambs Farm's Woofstock is a full day dedicated to man's best friend. The free event will feature, in addition to the world's largest dog biscuit, a wide variety of vendors displaying specialty food items, toys, clothing and more; demonstrations from Cross Roads Search and Rescue, Robin's Dog Stars and Bark N Park; arts, crafts and games for both two-legged and four-legged attendees; a pet parade; and Lake County's premiere Couture Canine Fashion Show. A live band will also perform all day.
Woofstock will be held Saturday, June 20 at Lambs Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is presented by Suncast Corporation, and sponsored by Record-A-Hit Entertainment and Natural Balance. For more information on Woofstock, or to be a vendor or demonstrator, please visit www.lambsfarm.org, or contact Claudia Stevens at 847.990.3750 or email@example.com. Lambs Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering adults with developmental disabilities to lead personally fulfilling lives through a full range of vocational, residential, social and recreational programs. Based near Libertyville, Illinois at the intersection of Rt. 176 and I-94, Lambs Farm has assisted individuals to create their own pathways to meaningful experiences, at home and in the community, since 1961. For more information on Lambs Farm, please visit www.lambsfarm.org.
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ZAGREB (AFP) — A pair of jeans the size of six tennis courts, stitched together from thousands donated for charity, should be recognised by Guinness World Records as the biggest anywhere, organisers said on Sunday.