‘I definitely have a knack for weird things’: MIT students may have set new record for longest throw of hot dog into bun

The previous record was 105 feet and 4 inches.

It’s a Guinness World Record that many may not know exists, or that may seem completely silly.

But there is in fact a world record for the longest distance someone has thrown a hot dog and caught it in a bun, and the newest record holders could be a couple of MIT students, according to The Boston Globe.

Amber VanHemel, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the newspaper in a recent interview that she knew she had to squash the record after seeing a YouTube video of it over the summer.

“I definitely have a knack for weird things,” she told the Globe. “The more random the better.”

With former softball teammate Phoebe Li, an MIT undergraduate student, enlisted to help, VanHemel visited her local Market Basket to pick up the right-sized hot dog and the two practiced.

Saturday was the day for the record books. VanHemel donned a GoPro on her head and she and Li took to Briggs Field. It took about 20 throws, but VanHemel caught the winning wiener in a bun from about 120 feet, multiple hot dog lengths longer than the current 105-foot-4-inch record, the Globe reported.

For the new record to become official, VanHemel said the evidence has to be sent off to Guinness and the verification can take between 12 and 16 weeks, according to the Globe. Until then, VanHemel and Li are left to bask in the celebration of potentially beating a record that most people probably wouldn’t care to beat anyway.

As for the top dog? The two took a bite afterward, and VanHemel told the Globe it was cold, and that she doesn’t really like hot dogs.



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