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Record Breaking: How The Baltics Secured a Place in The Guinness Book

In celebratory preparations for Latvia's 90th year of independence, both the government and the people went on a record setting spree, trying to get as many Guinness Records as possible.
Record setting Latvians are nothing new, Bruno Å ulcs recently set the record for high altitude cycling. Spilva Food Company made the worlds largest rasols salad (consisting mostly of meat and sour cream) in 2002.

Since August, at least three new records have been set, with more expected to bebroken in the near future.
On a more celebratory record setting note, the various government ministries organizing the events have already set two world records. The first was for the event "Run! For Latvia" relay race which broke the Guinness World Record for "the most participants taking part in a 100 meter relay over 24 hours."

The second event, taking place in Riga's old town was the record for longest chain dance.  As many as 2,208 dancers from 99 dance groups broke the Guinness Record for the longest dance. The dancers danced for five minutes and 14 seconds with each dancer taking 768 steps.
Future records are also planned to celebrate Latvia's 90th anniversary year. Before the year comes to a close, the record events will still take place for longest children's drawing and longest woven cloth. Weavers, both professional and amateur, are taking part in weaving bits of cloth all over Latvia to eventually put together to form Latvia's birthday cloth. The Saulkrasti Council has vowed they would nominate the work for a Guinness record. About 1130 people have been weaving, with more to join soon.

However, the most internationally featured record was the famed Diet Coke and Mentos explosion that rocked Andrejsala in Riga. 1,911 simultaneous geysers were set off on June 19, 2008, by students of The School of Business Administration Turiba. The explosions were created by dropping mint Mentos candies into two liter bottles of Diet Coke and shaking them. The phenomenon, discovered by Steve Spangler in 2002, has spread throughout the world with students trying to create the world's largest explosions. Not only is Latvia the proud holder of this record, the event was showcased all over the internet.

Latvia isn't the only Baltic state with a record breaking past. Lithuania holds records not only being the first Soviet Republic to declare independence but also won fame when Antanas Kontrimas set the record for greatest weight lifted with a beard (63.2 kg) in 2007.
Estonia also has its fair share of records and holds probably one of the most interesting Baltic records for fastest wife carrying (253.5m in 56.9 seconds) held by Margo Uusari and Sandra Kullas in 2006.