If you don't have the patience to grow your fingernails to insane lengths – or just don't like Irish beer – then forget the Guinness World Records and head on over to the home of "world records" for bored Facebook users, the Universal Record Database (URDB). I mean, we're talking nonsense like "Most Post-it Notes Attached To Face In One Minute" and "Most People Jumped Over While Wearing Roller Skates." Pretty soon – on March 30 and 31, in fact – Toyota will join these illustrious ranks with a live internet event that will attempt "to set as many Universal Record Database (URDB) world records as possible in and around" a vehicle. The goal: 200 records. The vehicle in question: the humble Prius.
Toyota's marketing for this event promises that only the, "craziest, most entertainingest, smartest and funnest" records will be attempted, and suggests the following.
- Largest mural created during a 3-hour Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle charge.
- Most pool noodles fit inside the cargo area of a Prius v.
- Farthest launch of a gumdrop using the windshield wiper of a Prius.
We think this smacks of drunk PR interns betting each other to see how far they can get a bad idea up the authority chaing. Still, Toyota wants to hear your own ideas for records, so maybe there is something fun to do here after all. Come next weekend, you can follow along over on Toyota's website. Until then, get a preview in the video pasted after the jump.
Live, Interactive Record-setting Spectacle to Take Place March 30 & 31
LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2011 -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that the Toyota Prius, the iconic hybrid that has been setting records for over a decade, has inspired an unprecedented, live and interactive event which attempts to set as many Universal Record Database (URDB) world records as possible in and around the vehicle. The event will take place on March 30 and 31, 2011 at www.toyotapriusprojects.com for two 10-hour record-setting webcasts.
Following the Prius family of vehicles announcement at this year's Detroit Auto Show, Prius Records sets forth to reach new heights with Prius while inspiring others in the community to do the same. Four Prius hybrids-including the Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the larger, more versatile Prius v-will be paired with a dedicated team of record-setting experts who will attempt what has never been done before. The public is also invited to tweet and engage in their own record-breaking ideas. The ultimate Prius Records goal: to set 200 records in two 10-hour days.
"Toyota Prius Records gives us the opportunity to engage our incredibly loyal Prius owners and enthusiasts in a highly unique way," said Bob Zeinstra, national manager, advertising and strategic planning for Toyota. "The live streaming, record-breaking approach leverages interactive technology and provides a great catalyst for community participation."
For the event, Toyota is partnering with URDB World Records, an organization with the philosophy, "everyone can be the world's best something." The www.URDB.org site has a record-setting approach that is inclusive, inventive and, most of all, fun. The URDB hosts will officiate each of the records as they are attempted live for the online audience.
The Toyota Prius challenge team is currently developing world record ideas that fuse creativity and ability with hilarity to bring forth pure record-setting entertainment. Some possible records may include:
* Largest mural created during a 3-hour Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle charge.
* Most pool noodles fit inside the cargo area of a Prius v.
* Farthest launch of a gumdrop using the windshield wiper of a Prius.
For a further taste, check out www.toyotapriusprojects.com/#/010.
The Prius community is challenged to tap into their unique passions and greatest talents to create, break and document world records with a Toyota Prius. Toyota Prius owners, enthusiasts and anyone with a record-breaking vision can participate in the live action by tweeting @Toyota using #PriusRecords, as well as posting their own challenge recommendations to www.toyotapriusprojects.com. Surprise guests will also be onsite at the Prius Records event to contribute their own record-setting ideas.