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Feeling blue? Then join us in world bid; CHALLENGE: Students launch bizarre attempt to get into the record books.

Byline: By Emma Stone

WARWICK University will be awash with a sea of blue people on Wednesday as its students attempt to break a bizarre world record.

They will be attempting to break the record for the most amount of people dressed as Smurfs at any one time.

Students from across the city are being invited to paint themselves blue and join in the fun from 7pm.

The record attempt has been incorporated into Score - a weekly night held at the union.

More than 290 people - with blue skin, blue arms and legs, wearing a blue top, white bottoms and white hats - are needed for the university to smash the record set by a group in America.

University communications officer Nicola Warrington, aged 22, has already put on the blue paint ahead of the challenge, and is confident the record will be theirs.

She said: "One of our officers read that some people in the US had the record with 290 people, but we thought that was a pathetic figure and thought we could do better.

" Everyone is really excited about it.

"It is a bit of a challenge but it is not so hard that people cannot find anything to wear."

The event is being observed by two independent adjudicators who will have to sign off each of the "Smurfs" to say they meet the record criteria.

Students union officer Hayley Myers added: "Our students are always up for a challenge. We haven't set a target of people but we usually get between 600 to 800 people into Score. We're anticipating it will be a really good night."

Breaking records is nothing new to the students at Warwick University.

Previously they have attempted or held records such as the world's largest pillow fight, conker competition and the mosts imultaneous basketball bounces.

NUS holders and guests are welcome to join in the event.

People will be on hand with face paints and white hats to help those taking part get into costume.

Tickets cost pounds 3 before 10pm.

Factfile

The Smurfs were first shown in October 1958 in a story of Johan and Peewit in French magazine Le Journal de Spirou.

The Smurfs were originally known as 'les schtroumpfs' in French. The Flemish word 'schtroumpf (smurf) is comparable to the English slang word 'whatchamacallit'.

The Smurfs started as secondary characters in Belgian creator Pierre Culliford's cartoons, but later became famous themselves.

Their first film The Smurfs and the Magic Flute featured music by Michel Legrand and he also sang the chorus.

Dutch singer Vader Abraham released the first ever Smurf single which became a hit in Europe and then worldwide, spawning figurines, toys, and animations.

Hanna & Barbera began producing their famous TV animation series for American channel NBC in 1981. With nearly 300 episodes, they showed in about 30 countries.

More than 10 million Smurf CDs have sold since 2000, along with books, video and DVD collections translated into dozens of different languages.

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Date:Jun 19, 2007
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