Setting the Record Straight…Or Just Setting the Record.

Posted on November 30, 2010

Unlike most people who probably read the NY Times or Wall Street Journal to get their news of the day, I have a much different approach.  My news comes to me in one of three ways.  Either it is sent to me in an inter-office email from Daniel (usually pertaining to grants he wants me to apply for on behalf of Areyvut), transmitted to me by my television between 6:40am and 7:13am (you’d be amazed how many weather reports I can see in that short amount of time) or it comes to me via Yahoo! News.

That’s right, I’m not ashamed to admit it.  In fact, the majority of news I learn about in any given day comes from Yahoo! News.  To me it is the barometer for all news…if it’s something that is truly important it will be included in one of the 16-48 items that have descriptive pictures going along with them.  Typically it’s where I find out that a celebrity has filed for divorce, how to plan a date night on a $7 budget or learn that my dry cleaner is keeping secrets from me (that one was actually in there today!).

Yesterday, during my daily search to stay on top of all things important, I found something that truly sparked my interest Yeshiva University and the Guinness Book of World Records.  That’s right, tonight (Nov. 30, 2010) YU will attempt to get their name into the Guinness Book of World Records at Dreidel-Palooza.  The goal is simple, have the most dreidels spinning at one time.  The current record is 541 dreidels set by Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ back in 2005.  Though there seems to be some conflicting information from Sports Illustrated which put the current record at 602 dreidels spinning at the University of Maryland (my alma mater) in 2007.  Who am I to argue with Sports Illustrated?  (Note: The University of Maryland did hold the record from 2000-2005, irrefutably I might add.)

Areyvut wishes the very best of luck to the students of Yeshiva University and hopes they are able to realize their dreidel spinning goals tonight.  A special shout out to Yehuda on of our 2009 Summer Interns, dreidel enthusiast and with some luck (and a lot of friends) a World Record holder later today.

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