New M&M stacking world record seemed super easy to break — until I tried it


Will Cutbill, of Solihull, England, set the world report for the tallest stack of M&Ms with 5. However come on, absolutely you’ll be able to high this.

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Who hasn’t needed to make it into the famed Guinness Book of World Records? However then once more, who has time to have 70 youngsters (breaking the record of 69), develop the longest fingernails (a frightening 28 feet/8.6 meters), and even set a report for probably the most world information held by one individual? (Ashrita Furman of Brooklyn holds over 200 information, together with inserting a whopping 72,585 lit candles on one birthday cake — see it here.)

So once I noticed world report had been set that did not contain giving start, rising fingernails, or hearth, I needed to attempt my luck. British man Will Cutbill was acknowledged this month as the brand new world record-holder within the child of report your mother would by no means consider is actual: M&M stacking. Sure, M&M chocolate candies, these little spherical discs of goodness that soften in your mouth, not in your hand. And sure, stacking, as in making just a little tower of them that does not fall over. Actually taking part in along with your meals.

His report? Simply 5. 5. Not 5 hundred. 5. The only digit. As in, one-two-three-four-five.

Do not inform me you did not take a look at that quantity and scoff, pondering, “I can beat that!” As a result of that is precisely what I believed. A lot in order that I went out and acquired a pack of M&Ms at my native Seattle retailer (plain milk chocolate, the old-school model, as a result of that is what Cutbill used).

However as Cutbill says within the record-breaking video beneath, “That is gonna be more durable than I believed.”

I attempted to method this scientifically. I made up theories. My first was that the M&Ms stacked higher if the little lowercase “m” printed on them confronted down. That appeared to work, till it did not. I may solely stack two.

I attempted analyzing every M&M sweet individually, wanting intently to see if any of them had been naturally flatter than the remaining or had a dent or small melancholy in the course of them. I even separated out just a few that did look flatter. Shock, they did not stack any higher than a random sweet. Once more, I stacked two.

I attempted magical pondering. Perhaps the colour has one thing to do with it! I picked my favourite M&M coloration, blue, which wasn’t round once I was a child (RIP, tan M&Ms that had been discontinued in 1995). Instantly, I stacked two blue ones with one attempt. Ha, take a look at me go! Blue is the reply — oh noooooo, that third one shouldn’t be staying, and it is demolishing my tiny stack.

I watched the video once more, and noticed that Cutbill typically does not stack them separately. Sometimes, he holds quite a few candies in his fingers as a stack and tries to get that stack to carry up. That appeared like a professional tip. PS, it wasn’t.


“I’ve had a lifelong ambition to interrupt a Guinness World Information title,” Will Cutbill mentioned. “I’ve purchased the books yearly and have all the time dreamed of sooner or later studying my identify in it.”

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Lastly, I resorted to maybe probably the most time-honored technique. If at first you do not succeed: Strive, attempt to cheat. I observed that some individuals on Instagram had been complaining that Cutbill did not set his report on a totally clean floor. I might been attempting to stack the candies on my gleaming, clean quartz kitchen countertop. 

So I attempted different surfaces. The tiled counter in my toilet, pondering if I constructed the stack proper on the half the place the tiles related, they may grasp on higher. Spoiler, they didn’t. My wood eating room desk. Labored about as identical because the kitchen countertop. A material windowseat. Could not even get a stack of two. A fake-leather barstool. They slid off the stack as quick and as sloppily as Barney Gumble slides off a barstool at Moe’s.

Again to the kitchen counter, again to stacking. After which, as soon as, and just for a millisecond, and with no witnesses as a result of that is all the time how this stuff work, I bought three M&Ms to stack. After which I breathed or the cat sneezed or an oxygen molecule shifted or a butterfly flapped its wings in China and the partitions of chocolate got here a-tumbling down. And I by no means got here shut to a few in a stack once more. 

So take pleasure in your report, Will Cutbill. You deserve it. And the remainder of you on the market, take a pack of M&Ms to your subsequent celebration or pub go to and guess your folks cash that they can not stack 5 of them. (If you do not have easy accessibility to M&Ms in your nation, I dunno, use Smarties or one thing.) Simply 5! That is nothing! Come on, you’ll be able to inform them, what are ya, hen?

You will both stroll out of there with some contemporary money or your good friend will unofficially tie a Guinness World File, even when nobody however you ever is aware of it. And in a rule I simply made up, each time a stack falls over, it’s a must to eat the fallen troopers. That approach, this can be a far more pleasant report try than rising 28 toes of fingernails. Even for us losers.