Friday, June 27, 2008

A Six-Minute View of The May 2007 Mass Dog Wedding

Wondering what the current Guinness World Record mass dog wedding was like? Here's one visitor's six-minute take on it:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tell Us Your Wackiest Record Nominee!

What's the zaniest Guinness World Record you've ever encountered? Clearly, a mass dog wedding is hardly the first unusual GWR category of all time.

In 100 words or less, describe the most bizarre, strange, silly or otherwise wacked-out GWR that you've come across. The most creative response wins two dining out booklets (total value: $24), as part of DTOP's Thursday Night Out program through the end of August.

Deadline: Noon on Monday, August 18, 2008. (All submissions should be made to and by submitting your story, you are giving permission for us to use it in any promotion, including this blog.)

For me, the most bizarre (and somewhat creepy) record was the dude from India who had the longest fingernails. Funny thing about GWR---they tell you what the record is, but not always "why?"

I mean, excuse the pun, but just what was that guy's point? He may well have inspired Lee Redmond of Utah. She hasn't trimmed her nails since 1979.

A video of Ms. Redmond:

Longest Finger Nails In The World - More amazing videos are a click away

Ms. Redmond on Ellen:

The overall GWR site:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Coverage in June 25, 2008 Wednesday Journal

Today's Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest devoted coverage to I Do, Doggone It! and even began embarking on the match-making process, with publisher Dan Haley and Lorraine Swanson, an editor of one of the WJ's sister papers, sharing some vitals on their pups.

You can see the story here:

Monday, June 23, 2008

I Do, Doggone It! Do You Too?

In Chicago, now that summer is here and autumn looms, there are three great anticipations that have already begun preoccupying the citizenry:

1. The prospect of the Chicago Cubs making it to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

2. The prospect of Barack Obama becoming president of the United States.

3. The prospect of partaking in I Do, Doggone It!, a mass dog wedding that is striving to become part of the Guinness World Records.

The level of zeal is not necessarily in that order, either.

After all, while there are massive numbers of Cub doomsdayers and Obama naysayers, there are only three types of critics who would even consider condemning the cumulative canine conjugal bliss that beckons:

1. Curmudgeonly newspaper columnists like John Kass of the Chicago Tribune who, come to think of it, is also a Cub doomsdayer and Obama naysayer. For a recent example of Kass's contempt for ruff-ruff romance, check out this column (headlined" You know your pets really want to get married, right?") from June 18, 2008:

I Do, Doggone It! organizers are eternally optimistic, and plan to extend a personal invitation to Mr. Kass to be a part of the special day.

2. Misguided cat lovers who are simply jealous of the dog's longstanding and insurmountable preeminence in domestic pet-dom.

3. Culturally conservative pet owners who may balk at the same-sex marriages that are sure to be prevalent during I Do, Doggone It!

To counteract the potentially disruptive effect of John Kass's presence, organizers will also invite San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the reigning political champion of same-sex marriage.

I Do, Doggone It! is being organized by Downtown Oak Park ( and will benefit the Animal Care League ( of Oak Park.

For more information, contact Matt Baron at 708-860-1380 or