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There seems to be a record-breaking feat for just about everything these days. Who knew there was a world record for making the tallest stack of M&Ms? Well, there is, and the record has been broken. British civil engineer Will Cutbill, 23, attempted the balance-defying challenge while trying to stave off the boredom of being cooped up during a COVID lockdown. He used all his architectural and design skills, with a dose of physics know-how, to stack a pile of the multi-colored button-shaped chocolates five M&Ms high. Many people might think that is a beatable record but Mr Cutbill challenged anybody to try and better his balancing accomplishment.



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Mr Cutbill spoke about why he set out to break the M&M stacking record. He said: "I've had a lifelong ambition to break a Guinness World Records title. I've always wanted one. I've bought the book every year and have always dreamed of one day reading my name in it." He said he got the idea while he was partaking of his favourite chocolaty confection during the lockdown. He was curious to know how many of the chocolates he could put on top of each other. He said: "It takes time, but if you stick at it, you will find a way to do it." He added: "This has inspired me. I want to let my creative juices flow and see what else I may be good at and then attack it with the same determination I did here."

Sources:

  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/06/28/man-breaks-guinness-world-record-tallest-stack-m-ms/5371006001/
  • https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2021/6/tallest-stack-of-mms-record-broken-by-brit-662361
  • https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/guinness-world-record-tallest-ever-20864812

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