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University sets record for people dressed like penguins

An Ohio university has apparently set a world record for the number of people dressed in penguin costumes.

A total of 972 Youngstown State University students, alumni and community members gathered on the school’s campus on Saturday in their best penguin finery to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a university.

Youngstown State’s nickname is the Penguins.

The waddle of faux birds apparently broke a mark recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records when 624 people dressed as penguins gathered at a children’s hospice in England in 2015.

One of the organizers of Saturday’s event said half of the participants were school alumni.

The school had hoped to have 1,000 participants, but fell slightly short of that goal. 

‘This is one of the best things I’ve ever done and to top it off it’s the end of my senior year,’ YSU student Rebecca Potkanowicz told the Vindicator.

‘I just can’t believe so many members of the community came out.

‘Honestly, we’re just going to keep expanding this group of alumni with everyone’s future children coming to this great university we call YSU.’ 

The university now has to send in the official count with photos and video to cement their place in the Guinness Book of World Records.  


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