Human Mattress Domino World Record Broken In New Orleans (VIDEO)

03/01/2012 02:06 pm ET
  • David Moye Pop culture journalist, HuffPost Weird News

Setting a world record is not something to take lying down -- especially when the record is for "human mattress dominoes."

But 850 people in New Orleans were willing to be "pushovers" in order to break the current record, set last year in Belgium, according to Reuters reporter Ellie Park.

The rules set by Guinness World Records for breaking the record are fairly stringent according to Metro.co.uk: Each person needs to touch the person behind them and there needs to be a consecutive chain of toppling mattresses.

Once the official pushed the first domino, the carefully-placed mattresses all fell in turn until the last fell on a red carpet. However, participants had to remain lying down until the record was confirmed. After that, the participants were allowed to jump for joy on their mattresses.

The record attempt was set up by La Quinta Inn & Suites, who wrangled 850 employees -- one for each hotel owned by the company -- and the mattresses were donated by the Simmons Bedding Company and will reportedly be donated to charity, according to CBS News.

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