Fastest Text Message Record Combines Marketing Gimmick and Useless Talent
As much a marketing bid by Samsung as it was a world record attempt, Thompson used the SWYPE keypad on the manufacturer's Galaxy S phone to gain the new title. In doing so, she edged out one Franklin Page, who set the record earlier this year (also on a SWYPE-enabled Samsung phone). Thompson typed, "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human" in 25.94 seconds, beating Page's record of 35.54 seconds for the same passage. But using SWYPE kind of seems like cheating, due to the interface's ability to input letters at breakneck speed. We demand text-message-record standardization and oversight! What if that guy who earned the record for Most Toilet Seats Broken Over The Head had used some kind of newfangled, breakaway toilet seat? Outrage.