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Festival Of Science

Karate kids inside the giant bubble
Karate kids inside the giant bubble

Bubble blowing world record attempt

by Nicky Barnes
At the Inspire Discovery centre on Sunday 3, September 2006, an attempt was made to break the world record for the number of people in a soap bubble during the BA Festival Of Science - but was it a success?

Scientists from around the world have been in Norwich to present world firsts during the BA Festival, but the pressure was on for the team at the Inspire Discovery Centre with an attempt to enter the Guinness Book Of Records.

During Science In The City, a series of public events being held during the festival, the ambition was to achieve the highest number of people you can have in a soap bubble.

The current record for the number of people in a soap bubble stands at 19 and is held by Sam, Sam the Bubble Man.

Record attempt

All the participants taking part in the Norfolk record attempt were certified as being over five feet tall, as required by the Guinness Book of Records.

They were members of the Chil-Song Martial Arts club in Lakenham, accompanied by a few other volunteers who turned up on the day.

The attempt was the idea of James Pearcey, the director of the Inspire Discover Centre.

"I have a mini bubble blowing kit which one person can stand in," said James.

"While I was getting it ready for the school holiday events, I wondered whether I could get a big one built to have an attempt on the world record for the BA festival Of Science," he added.

A special copper bubble-blowing wand was created measuring eight feet in diameter. A secret bubble formula, containing glycerine to help the bubble stay bubbled, was then mixed for the event.

Potential record breakers

After a few attempts, James and the Inspire team got 25 people in the giant soap bubble.

The photographs and documentation will now be sent to the Guinness Book of Records and they'll see whether they think all the requirements were reached to make Norfolk the county with the biggest bubbles in the world.

last updated: 07/09/06
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