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Saturday, 20 November 2010

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It could get a little crowded, perhaps visit Guernsey instead

The Wight Hotels and Tourism board (WHAT), are hoping that their latest initiative will help them get into the record books and prove a long standing urban myth.

The urban myth in question is that the whole of the world's population could fit onto the Isle of Wight.

"Obviously," said WHAT spokeswoman, Mary Contrary, "there are a few wrinkles that we would need to iron out. Namely, there's nowhere for six and a half billion people to stay while on the island, and transport links would struggle to transport that many people here. Plus, some people probably can't come, as they are in hospital."

WHAT are quite hopeful that a sizeable proportion of the world's population would be willing to help them at least partially prove that the whole of the world's population could fit onto the island.

"If we could get, say, a fifth of the world's population here, and it takes up a fifth of the island, that would prove it. In addition this would set a record for the most number of people in such a small space."

Even a fifth of the world's population is still one and a third billion, which would still provide the island with a number of logical problems to overcome.

Norris McWater, the deceased editor of the Book of Records was contacted through Derek Acorah for his opinion.

"I'm not sure they've thought it through," said McWater suddenly developing a Liverpudlian accent. "And we couldn't possibly list everybody who goes, as this would more than fill every page of our book, so there is little incentive to take part in this record attempt."

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