Worlds Largest YoYo

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:31pm

Couple experiences ups and downs of world record attempt.

With the urgency of a serious engineering firm, Beth Johnson and her husband Tony made final touches to an 18-month-long project on Friday.

"That's a big yo-yo," Beth Johnson said, while standing back and admiring her work.

The yo-yo was more than 7,000 pounds and 12 feet across.

It's an attempt at breaking the world record for largest functioning yo-yo.

To count for the record it would have to be released from at least 75 feet up, bouncing three times, two-thirds of the way back up each time.

After a year-and-a-half of seven-hour work days and 'round-the-clock touch-ups this week, their smiles and laughter turned to nervous silence as they watched at Jacksonville Crane and Machinery as one of the company's cranes lifted the yo-yo into place.

"Geez, that's high up there," Beth Johnson whispered to herself, moments before it was released.

The yo-yo came down slowly, did one rebound of about 3 feet before the rope burned through from the friction.

The huge toy came crashing to the ground, splintering at one edge.

There was a thud, some sighs and even a few tears from Johnson.

"It didn't do what it was supposed to," she said.

At least it's a dream that they can always roll up and try again.

For now she's satisfied that the Guinness Book will recognize her yo-yo as the heaviest ever built; they'll have to wait for that final decision.
 

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