Last year, I helped organize the Great Cloth Diaper Change event. I couldn’t participate, since I didn’t have a baby in diapers, but I had to be involved somehow. So I helped with some of the administrative stuff, including finding a location for the event. And I have to say, making those phone calls was quite an experience. The conversations went like this:
Me: I’m looking for an event space on April 29.
Event coordinator at large event space location, like the Atlanta zoo: Sure! What kind of space are you looking for?
Me: Well, we need two rooms, one for vendor tables and one for the actual event. And the event room has to have a door and be at least 80 square feet.
Event coordinator: Our [name of room] could work for that. What’s the name of your event?
Me: It’s the Great Cloth Diaper Change. It’s an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time.
Event coordinator: What?
That’s when I would try not to laugh. Then I would start explaining that a mass diaper change does not necessarily mean a room full of poop. And that everyone would use changing pads. And that it was an international event organized by the Real Diaper Association in which thousands of people around the world would be changing diaper at exactly the same time, coordinated across multiple time zones, all of which made it sound more legitimate and less wacky.
But world records are supposed to be wacky, right? I mean, a lot of the stranger Guinness World Records make a room full of poop sound unimaginatively boring. Lots of people want to be famous, and a strange world record is a great way to do it. The odder it is, the less likely that someone else beat you to it.
Last year was the first attempt to set a record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time, so we didn’t have anything to beat. Over 5,000 participants (5,026 to be exact) isn’t bad, but I’m sure we can beat that this year. Especially if you come. Because you always wanted to be famous, right?
You can register to attend the Great Cloth Diaper Change in Atlanta here. Do it quick, so your baby won’t grow up and decide he needs to get into the record books by towing a car with his ear.