Posted on 31 March 2016.
A Cedar Springs farmer is vying to make the Guinness Book of World Records and put Cedar Springs on the map once again. And what is his world record-breaking accomplishment? To have the largest stash of jellybeans in the world—ever! And he’s got the perfect place to put them. Where else would you stash a very large amount of corn or beans? Why in a silo, of course.
If you’re a city slicker, silos are those really, really tall round things you see next to barns and such. They hold lots of things, like corn and sometimes jellybeans.
Mac Donald, yes, that’s his real name! You can’t make this stuff up. Farmer Mac says that he’s wanted to get in the infamous record book since he was a young boy. In his later years, he wrote it on his bucket list. His first challenge was to find something that no one else has tried.
The Guinness Book of World Records holds some of the strangest collections and facts known to man and woman, like the largest collection of traffic cones, or the longest ear hair on record, or the most people dressed as penguins in one place! There is even a world record for the farthest distance being thrown in an auto accident. No, really. We just can’t make this stuff up. Go ahead and Google it. FYI, it was 118 feet, when a man was struck by a car going 70 m.p.h. He lived. The EMTs called this one in to Guinness themselves. It could also be listed as the Luckiest Man to live after being struck by a car going 70 m.p.h.
Since farmer Mac had an empty silo on his property, he started to think about corn, and then beans. Then jellybeans. Why? He explained. “Why not jellybeans? Who doesn’t like jellybeans?”
So he contacted those who have an unlimited supply. Jelly Belly Beans, Inc. After a little over a year of letters, phone calls and even a face-face meeting with the president of the company, Jelly Belly Inc. agreed to sponsor the event by supplying the jellybeans and teaming up with farmer Mac in a publicity blitz that will include guessing how many jelly beans does a silo hold? Here’s a hint… A lot!
The person who guesses the closest to the right amount will win a very large cash prize, a vacation get-away, a street named after them, a local newspaper and a lifetime supply of jellybeans! The prizes, including cash amount and trip destination are to be revealed in a later issue of The Post. So stay posted.
Which silo is it? Sorry, we can’t tell you yet. We’ve been paid to keep our mouths shut. Paid in jellybeans so the IRS will be non the wiser.
Hopefully Farmer Mac will soon hold the largest jellybean collection in the world on record. But after the contest what in the heck do you do with a 123,465,789 (more or less) jellybeans? Farmer Mac says he’s got a lot of pigs on his farm. Yeah, you guessed it, he’s going to let them “pig out”!
To enter, send your jellybean guesstimation to: theygotmeagainatthecedarspringspost.com.
Happy April Fool’s