Does anyone else remember flipping through Guinness World Record books when you were a kid and thinking how cool it would be to set one yourself? While most of us probably can’t say we’ve grown up to set a world record (don’t worry, our day is coming), we recently came across a few records set by Soda Citizens.
So naturally, we dove into the rabbit hole of Guinness World Records, discovered today is Guinness World Record Day + decided to compile a list of the impressive feats taken on by members of our community.
Us realizing world records are hard to beat | Gif via Giphy
Largest collection of toasters– 1,284 Yep, you read that right. Columbia resident Kenneth Huggins has collected 1,284 toasters(as of July 2012), which he stores in his home + a special-built storage house. Check out photos of his collectionhere. Think of all the toast possibilities.
Most expensive crab cake– $310 In June of last year, Columbia native Lazarius Walker created the world’s most expensive crab cake, which he sells at his restaurant, The Twist. The crab cake is made with king crab and lump crab meat, black truffles, butter, herbs + platinum leaves and dust. That just sounds expensive. We hear ordering the dish requires 48 hours notice + a portion of the proceeds are donated to the community.
Greatest distance catching a grape in the mouth– 354 ft. 4 in. Talk about mouth-eye coordination. In 2009, Paul Lyday caught a grape, thrown from ground level, from 108 meters(over 354 feet) with his mouth. Honestly, I’m equally impressed with the guy who threw the grape…
Hottest chilli pepper – Carolina Reaper While not technically from Columbia, we couldn’t resist mentioning the Carolina Reaper pepper, which holds the record for hottest chilli pepper (1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units). Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, SC grows the peppers + set the record in September 2017.
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ComingSoon ○ It’s official– Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits’ brick and mortar location (2430 Main St.) is opening tomorrow. The restaurant will be open Tuesday-Sunday and will continue its presence at Soda City – where the business began as a vendor in 2018. (The State)
Community ○ One of the most notable houses in Shandon, the pink polka-dotted home on Rosewood, is being torn down this week after years of protest to allow its demolition. However, before it’s gone, the previous owner of the home is cutting out and saving many of the polka dots, which he plans to sell to the community. Proceeds from the polka dot sales will be donated to Lexington Medical Center’s breast cancer program. (The State)
Development ○ In a City of Columbia Design/Development Review Committee meeting last week, proposed student apartment complex The Edge did not receive approval of the apartment’s redesign. Instead, the board and designers will meet separately to address concerns. The complex is hopeful to receive approval during the Dec. 10 meeting in order to remain on its fall 2023 timeline. (Post and Courier) ○ Have you seen 700 Huger St.’s (home to Michael Baker International)glow up? The 3-story building – managed by Trinity Partners – received exterior improvements from pressure washing + landscaping to parking lot renovations. Ⓟ
WaterCooler ○ Four Gamecock Football players have opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season – Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu, R.J. Roderick and Makius Scott. Horn and Mukuamu announced their decisions were made to allow them to begin preparing for the 2021 NFL draft. (WLTX)
City ○ During a City Council meeting last night, the city discussedborrowing money from Columbia’s retiree benefits funds for the construction of two parking garages in the BullStreet District. The garages, which need approx. $16.5 million, will hold 850 of the 1600 parking spaces the city is required to build in the district. (The State)
Coronavirus ○ Richland School District Twohas cancelled the two previously scheduled in-person days before Thanksgiving(Nov. 23 and 24) + moved them to eLearning days. The decision was made in an effort to ease contact tracing procedures + out of caution due to the number of students and teachers having to quarantine after being identified as close contacts. (WIS)
Announced ○ Next year’s Taste of Lake Murray event will serve as a qualifier for the World Food Championship + will reward six local chefs with “golden tickets” to compete at the competition next fall. Participating chefs will take on multiple challenges throughout the event to decide the winners. Money from the event will also help fund the July Fourth Lake Murray fireworks show. (The State)
Holiday ○ This year, the City of Cayce will host a drive-thru style holiday event to ring in the holiday season. Christmas in Cayce will include light displays, carolers, pre-packed holiday treats + more and will take place Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Cayce City Hall. (WIS)
Award ○ The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recently announcedLou Kennedy, President and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, as the 2020 Business Leader of the Year. 👏Ⓟ
Asked ○ ICYMI – we’re looking for holiday recipes from our readers to help us compile a COLAtoday cookbook. While COVID may make gathering in person difficult this year, we want to share our city’s love for food + community virtually. Send us an email with ingredients + instructions(a photo of the recipe works too!) to include your recipe by 4 p.m. Thursday + keep an eye out for our cookbook in the next few days. 🍗
TheWord ○ GAP. No, not where you buy your jean jackets – this GAP stands for Guaranteed Auto Protection, and it covers the difference between your car’s actual cash value and the amount you owe on your auto loan in case your car is stolen or (knock on wood) totaled in an accident. Here’s how it works.🚗 Ⓟ
TheBuy ○‘Tis the season for cozy feet (and, you know, gift giving).Bombas socks are super comfortable, colorful + designed to last. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need. Get 20% offeverythingfor your mistle-toes from now until Dec. 2 when you shop the sale. Ⓟ
ForKids ○ Joanna Parker started Yumble – a service that delivers organic, ready-to-eat meals for kids directly to parents’ doors – because she struggled to get healthy meals on the table during school nights. Yumble is nutritionist-designed, mom-approved, and especially great for picky eaters, with mealslikeMac & Mozz Burger Bowl + Snack Poppers.Bonus: They’re offering 30% off and free shipping. Ⓟ
ShopLocal ○ Let’s spread the wealth. Our Nov. 27 newsletter will feature holiday shopping deals to help you support our local businesses. If you’re planning a Black Friday sale our readers should know about, click here — our $75 promotion (70% off) has been extended through tomorrow, Nov. 19.
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“The Laborer” is now on display outside of Stormwater Studios (413 Pendleton St.) in The Vista. The sculpture, which was created by artist Mike Wsol, will have a special unveiling during the Vista Lights Walkabout MASKerade this Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
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Show ○ Live & Local| Wed., Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | Carolina Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | All of Cola’s favorite local bands in one night. 🎸 ○ LIVEstream: Dick Goodwin| Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Hear one of South Carolina’s favorites perform live. 🎶
Network ○ Activate: Brand Refresh Celebration | Wed., Nov. 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Market on Main | Free | Celebrate Columbia Opportunity Resource’s 15th anniversary while they unveil their new visual brand + mission statement. 🎉
TryThis ○ Virtual Open Mic| Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch or perform as poets, singers, lyricists and musicians share their talents. 🎤
TheBuy ○ Holiday Market| Wed., Nov. 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Free | A variety of unique vendors + a food pop-up. 🎁
PlanAhead ○ Colaroo | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6 p.m. | The Senate | $10 advance, $15 at the door | Columbia’s first micro music festival created by UofSC students. 🎇 ○ Beards + Brews + Bowling| Mon., Nov. 30 | 6-11 p.m. | The GRAND | Free | Compete in the beard contest for no-shave November with a free hour of bowling + $4 pints all night. 🎳 Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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