SELINSGROVE, Pa. (WHTM) — On April 30th, 1988, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania would enter the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s longest banana split – for the second time.
In the 1980s, people across the world were trying to come up with new and interesting ways to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
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A banana battle royale would wage across the decade.
First up, Texas A&M University. On April 26, 1980, students built a banana split one mile, 575 yards long. This was the first banana split in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In May of 1982, Selinsgrove entered the fray, building a split just over 1.5 miles long.
Then in May 1983 Students at Milburn High School in New Jersey crafted a banana split 8,500 feet or about 1.6 miles.
In August 1985 Zeta Beta Tau Sorority at Bowling Green University in Ohio took the competition to a new level by assembling a four-mile-long banana split.
Then in April 1988 Selinsgrove closed out the decade, and reclaimed the record, with a 4.5-mile banana split.
They held the record for the next 29 years.
Finally, on March 25th, 2017, the town of Innisfail, Australia, scooped Selinsgrove by building an 8000-meter (4.97-mile) long split, with 40,000 bananas. (They may have had a home-field advantage-banana farming is a major industry there.)
There’s no word on whether Selinsgrove is plotting a comeback, but at 29 years, it still holds the record, for holding the record.
The five-mile mark beckons…