Largest human mattress domino tumbles into record books

(WRIC/ABC) — You have over 1,000 people, 1,200 mattresses and 70,000 square feet of space. What do you do? You break a Guinness World Record.

Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics store, broke the world record for largest human mattress domino on March 22. The feat was part of the company’s annual manager’s meeting at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Maryland.

The domino chain was a success on its first attempt and took 13.5 minutes to finish, beating the 2012 record by 50 mattresses.

This was no small task.

Aaron's Inc. broke the Guinness World Record for largest human mattress domino in March. (Photo: Guinness World Records via ABC News)
Aaron’s Inc. broke the Guinness World Record for largest human mattress domino in March. (Photo: Guinness World Records via ABC News)

“Mass participation records like these are pretty complicated,” Kristen Ott, public relations manager for Guinness World Records North America, told ABC News.

There are rules regarding the mattress size, distance apart and general set up. For every 50 people participating, there must be a steward to monitor and ensure that rules are being followed.

Aaron’s began planning for the event last November.

“We were trying to think of a team-building event that would involve a large number of [managers],” Garet Hayes, director of public relations, told ABC. The company worked with its manufacturer to make and ship all of the mattresses and hired “Domino Wizard” Robert Speca to design the chain.

Although Guinness World Record winners don’t receive monetary prizes for their accomplishments, they do get a certificate and bragging rights. In this case, the record breakers weren’t the only winners — Aaron’s donated all of the mattresses to organizations helping those in need.

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