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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Unify and conquer," June 14, 2008

All shook up

Seeking some sort-any sort-of notoriety, a pair of San Francisco men possibly shook their way into Guinness World Records after completing a marathon handshake 30 minutes longer than the previous record. Kevin Whittaker and Cory Jens shook hands for nine and a half hours May 26 after flipping through the record book searching for something they could best. Guinness only requires the two partners to clasp hands and move them up and down to fulfill the requirements of a handshake. "I looked up what some of the weakest records were," Whittaker said. "I'm not going to break the 100-meter dash record, but I thought I could break this record."

Bad hair day

Barber Clyde Scott probably should have just taken his day off on Monday, May 19, as planned instead of opening up Clippa's Barber Shop in Houma, La., to cut the hair of a few soon-to-be graduates. The law says he shouldn't have. A police officer ticketed Scott on an obscure ordinance prohibiting barbers from cutting hair on Sundays or Mondays.

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