Wednesday, September 30, 2009


351 people have smashed the offical Guinness World Record for mass robot dancing. The record-breaking robotic dancing took place earlier today at the University of Melbourne in Australia - breaking the previous record of 279 people set by Britain's own University of Kent. The dancers moved in a funkily mechanical fasion for over five minutes, to such classic robot-dance tracks as the Beastie Boys' Intergalactic. The record was smashed on the second attempt, after the first failed when too many people sat out - prompting a last-minute search for more dancers by the organisers.
The robotic macarena was organised by Robogals, a non-profit group of young engineering undergraduates who teach robotics to schoolgirls to lift the profile of science in schools. Which is excellent. As you can see from these pictures, some people went to greater lengths than others to get into character as robots.

And as you can see from the video below, some people didn't quite get the idea of robotic dancing at all. Yes, blonde dude in the blue tracksuit jumping around and waving your arms, we're looking at you.

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