A group of UF students unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time in a two-minute period.
A UF Bateman campaign called “What’s Your Popping Point?” hosted the event Tuesday night in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.
The previous record for people popping bubble wrap simultaneously was 366, set by a group of high schoolers in New Jersey.
Tuesday night’s event burst that record with 399 students, said Nicole Vassallo, a 23-year-old UF public relations senior working on the campaign.
The team collected more than 8,000 square feet of bubble wrap from student donations and UF Health Shands Hospital.
The Bateman campaign seeks to increase the popularity of a new person-to-person payment service, Popmoney.
Justine Gordon, a 19-year-old UF telecommunication sophomore, said she was impressed by the event.
“It’s one of the most creative ideas to advertise a product,” she said. “It’s really innovative.”
The nearly 400 students stomped and popped bubble wrap while jamming out to ‘N Sync for two minutes. The timer went off and cheers and screams exploded.
“UF is officially in the Guinness World Records,” said Vassallo. The record won't be official until paperwork is approved by Guinness World Records.
[A version of this story ran on page 4 on 2/26/2014 under the headline “Students pop world record"]
UF students attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at one time in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Tuesday evening.