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Thumbing it

Gazette staff August 29th, 2012

The University of Central Oklahoma gave a whole new meaning to a thumbs-up last week with its unofficial record-breaking thumb-war chain.

More than 870 people turned out at Wantland Stadium to form a continuous chain, breaking the previous record of 846 that had been set by the University of Missouri at Rolla.

The chain remained intact for five minutes while the event was videotaped and photographed to send to Guinness World Records, which is expected to confirm the new record within just a few short weeks.

The latest feat appears to be part of UCO’s long-term goal to transform itself into your most obnoxious uncle. Last year, the Edmond university broke the world record for the largest game of Duck, Duck, Goose, although it was broken — well, dammit to hell! — only two months later by a bunch of rain-on-our-paraders in Rogersville, Mo.

What’s next, UCO? Simultaneous head-patting and belly-rubbing? Fart-lighting? The mind boggles at the possibilities.

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