One thousand and one Chinese volunteers set a new Guinness world record on Saturday (July 14) when they successfully created the largest-ever human mattress domino rally, China's state media reported.
Volunteers, mostly domino lovers, first carefully arranged and leaned against 1,001 mattresses in an empty section of a shopping mall in China's financial hub of Shanghai, being careful not to fall back and ruin the rally before it even started, CCTV reported.
"First of all, we need good teamwork. All the participants, from the first to the last, must act like one person, and that is dominoes. Then it must be accurate. The mattresses must be evenly arranged. It's one of the characteristics of dominoes," one volunteer said.
Eventually the first mattress toppled, and it was ten minutes before the last one came down to finish the rally.
Cheng Dong, an authenticator from the Guinness World Records watched the event and then presented the team with an award certifying their record breaking status.
"For an event like this involving 1,000 people to succeed first time is not just about luck. All other conditions must be correct. First of all, all the participants must fully understand the rules," he said.
"Second, our volunteers were all very brave. No one dodged when the two-meter-high mattress fell onto them. So the challenge was very successful," he added.
Currently on the Guinness World Records website, the holders for the Largest Human Mattress Dominoes record is La Quinta Inns and Suites in the United States. 850 American volunteers participated in the event in New Orleans in February this year.