Through the spring, Nat Geo Kids and Toyota Highlander collected toilet paper rolls from children around the world. It was an epic adventure and the chance to be part of .. a Guinness World Record.

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This kind of thing completely captures the imagination of my kids. They were part of something that had never been accomplished in the history of the planet. For kids well versed in the age of various dinosaurs, that’s a really really long time.

But just by collecting doo de doos (toilet paper rolls) and sending them in, they helped create the world’s largest toilet-paper-roll sculpture this spring in the shape of a rocket!

Here’s how it all went down:

Nat Geo Kids and Toyota Highlander were hoping for 5 000 toilet rolls to help break the record.

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Many more than that arrived

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A lot of them were autographed and decorated by the children.

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As with any big structure build, the crew set to work on creating a very strong and stable base. 

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Then, just like with real rockets that are sent to space, a series of ring sections were created and mounted on top of each other. 

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As more rolls rolled in, the structure just kept getting higher and higher and higher

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Eventually, 20 241 toilet paper roll tubes were used to create a structure over 24 feet tall!

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It’s on display at the Nat Geo HQ in Washington, DC!

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Jimmy Coggins, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records, conferred with the measurement experts … and confirmed the record based on volume: 12.73 cubic meters, or 449.56 cubic feet!

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With the help of Toyota Highlander and more than 20 000 toilet paper rolls, Nat Geo Kids earned their 10th Guinness World Records title!

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I’ve been lucky to set a few Guinness World Records in my time, and one of them even made the official book. Zacharie has been reading it lately, dreaming of setting many more records. I can’t wait until next year’s book to see this one in print!

This post is sponsored by Nat Geo Kids 

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