Why we’d be in the Guinness Book, in 6 words

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I coulda been in the Guinness book.

GAD GRAPHICNo, really. My plan: To coach soccer for 24 hours straight. Twenty-four one-hour sessions, with kids signed up around the clock. (I’d get college kids to fill the overnight hours.) One boy on my team wanted to camp out and participate in as many hours as possible.

It never happened.

We’d planned it as a fundraiser for a teammate who’d been diagnosed with leukemia. The Guinness folks said if it was tied to a charity, it wouldn’t count. And that’s okay. That teammate? He went into remission.

Maybe I’ll have another chance.

I compile a monthly post called “6 Words” on my blog. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

What would you do?

I took a question from emails I get from Q4KIDZ for this month’s prompt. Have you signed up for emails and texts from them? They send out daily questions and prompts to get the conversation going with your kids.

Here’s the prompt:

Imagine you made it into the Guinness Book of Records. What did you do to get your name in there?

What would your answer be?

disco eli
Hey, that’s me! Dig the shirt. (I didn’t blog back then.)

1. Biggest fan of Eli’s 6-words’ topics.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel

2. I danced for a complete week.

Miriam B., of Out an About

3. Purchasing and losing the most lipbalms.

Kristen, Bye Bye Beer

4. De-shelling lobster in under two minutes.

Sheri M., of When the Kids Go to Bed

5. Ate most Doritos in one day.

Ashley A., of Big Top Family

6. She keeps the library personnel busy!

Tessa, of Always a Writer

poison ivy
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7. Serious poison ivy… on my lady-bits.

Renee S., of RAS Jacobson

8. I did the loudest purr ever.

Pat, of New Bloggy Cat

9. I memorized more books than anyone!

Mimi, of Messy Mimi’s Meanderings

10. Largest wine cork collection- don’t judge.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

11. Got all the kudos, amassed hits!

Leslie B., of Ink Interrupted

12. Amount of naps in a week.

Lauren, of Shooting Star Mag

6 words guinness no bs
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13. Rena excels at dealing with bullshit!

Rena M., of The Blogging 911

14. I changed political opinions on Facebook.

Mary Lou Q., of Me in the Middle

15. Rode elevator in every country… twice.

Ashley C., of Happy Pretty Sweet

16. Steadfast courage, abiding grace under pressure.

Anne M., of McGuffy’s Reader

17. Most cookies eaten in 3 minutes.

Lynn, of Emma and Rose

18. Most rejections received by a writer.

AJ, of Read All the Things!

unicorn colors
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19. Colored world’s largest unicorn picture alone.

Beth K., of The Beth Next Door

20. Oldest lady to do handstands.

Katherine, of Welcome to the Nursery

21. Beat Zelda 1,347 times for kids.

Kimberly S., of Kimberly C. Starr

22. Piggy jumped over the fire hydrant.

Bacon T., of Pig Love

23. Created a mountain from a molehill.

Sarah, of Journeys of The Zoo

24. At more hamburgers than anyone else!

Danny R., of Dream Big, Dream Often

6 words starbucks
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25. Owns the most Starbucks. Because reasons.

Jamie D., of Stretching the Comfort Zone

26. The woman who had no fears.

Erika K., of Erika Kind

27. I made the most parents laugh.

Norine M., of Science of Parenthood

28. Sailed around the world 10 times!

Josie L., of A Family Afloat

29. Most Nanowrimo novels written,  yet unedited.

Elizabeth M., of Lapidary Prose

30. The world’s best multi tasking mom.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

6 words big boy burgers
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31. Ate more than Lynn and Danny.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

peaty quote world records


  1. Great post. I just loved it so much 👍😊. What was your inspiration for this post ?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Abh! Glad you liked it. It’s all about Ernest Hemingway.

      1. You are welcome 😊. Your blog is really awesome and inspiring. You have a great gift within you.Please continue blogging and inspire people around you 😊. And if you can please do visit my blog and let me know about it. It would be really helpful 😊. This is the link to my blog

        http:// authorabhijith.com

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Thank you for your kind words, friend. I will check out your blog now.

      3. Thank you so much for the follow Eli 😊

  2. Another fun-filled list, Eli! My favorite is no. 22 – Oinkredible! ( ̄(oo) ̄)ノ Thanks for having me again. ヽ(^‥^=ゞ)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Pat! The pig gets lots of attention on these. Glad you could make it, too.

  3. Lyn says:

    LOL no way I can choose an absolute favourite from this lot — 😀 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Just toss a dart and you’ll hit a good one, Lyn!

  4. ksbeth says:

    all so good for so many reasons. no fears, unicorn picture coloring and doritios all are wonderful –

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      A nice batch, right Beth? Any time unicorn coloring and Doritos collide, expect beauty.

  5. I love these! There is such a variety and I loved them all. Thanks, Eli! Have a great day! Hugs.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      So glad you loved them, Ann! I knew they’d be all over the place. Hope your thanksgiving is awesome.

  6. As always so much fun being a part of. So thank you for that and I also loved that pic of you when you were a kid!! 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They’re always better with you in them, Janine. My disco days pic always seems to surface!

  7. TheBethMN says:

    LOL I love the unicorn picture you found! I wonder how large of a unicorn I would have to color, haha! And love that shirt you’re rocking as a child! Nice look, you should bring it back 😉 Thanks again for having me!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Isn’t the unicorn perfect, Beth? I’d say yours would be at LEAST as big as a real unicorn. At least. I wish I still had that shirt – or well, one my size like it. Probably I could find one in Goodwill.

      Glad to have you along – and I’m sorry about losing the last one you sent!

  8. Mary Lou says:

    So much fun! Favorite: “10. Largest wine cork collection- don’t judge.” I might try to beat her record! jk! 😉
    You were an adorable little guy! Still are ! 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a blast, isn’t it Mary Lou? There’s a story behind every cork. And what a record to aspire to! Aw, thanks about me as a little guy … and big guy. I don’t have as cool a wardrobe, though.

  9. Kim Munoz says:

    That shirt is out of this world 🙂 . Love it! I could probably go down for the the biggest total amount in library fines. It too is out of this world. LOL . Great share!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Isn’t that shirt far out, Kim? I thought I was the coolest. My library fines could rival yours – I have a CD from an audio book stuck in my old car that I need to get out, and the meter’s ticking!

  10. Kimberly says:

    Love it! As always, got a few good chuckles out of the other entries. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Kimberly! It’s fun to corral the chuckles for the world.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Oh my goodness—that little pic of you! Just want to squish your cheeks! So sweet 🙂

    I always love the answers to these prompts but these are some of my favorites. Can relate to buying and losing lip balms and also want to know more about poison ivy on the lady bits—gah!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I was a goofy little devil, wasn’t I? All good intentions, though.

      This one got the creativity ramped up. I hope that Renee will one day write about the poison ivy and how it got there, actually, you know?

  12. akaleistar says:

    So many good ones! Love #19 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      This was a decent batch, wasn’t it Ashley? I’d sit down and color a ‘corn with you. (Did you know a cross between a mule and a unicorn is a Muleicorn? That was our team mascot one year. And we went undefeated!)

  13. Erika Kind says:

    So many great takes! Thank you for inviting me again to participate!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      One great take after another, right Erika? Let’s get you in another one of these soon.

      1. Erika Kind says:

        That’s very cool!! Looking forward to it 😀

  14. Thank you so much for hosting this, it’s always fun!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks so much for coming along, Mimi!

  15. Lauren Becker says:

    Love these! Thanks for having me share. I could totally go for a nap right now…

    That’s cool you could have been in Guinness! You’ll have to try again for sure.


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What’s not to love, right Lauren? I’m happy you joined us. Nap time seems a good idea for me at the moment (it just struck 3 a.m.!) I hope to have another shot at the Guinness book. For soccer or maybe cheese sandwiches.

  16. I love the idea of six words! And, it would have been fun seeing you get in the Guinness book for soccer coaching. You should go for it!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a fun diversion, isn’t it Lecy? I had one player who wanted to camp at the field and get into as many practices as he could. I will definitely revisit.

  17. Tessa says:

    Reblogged this on Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! and commented:
    Join in the fun and request the October prompt!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re the best, Tessa!

  18. Kisma says:

    Aw, these are great! I can relate a little to well to #3. Thank you for the invite Eli.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Pretty good haul, right Tiff? My girls are also adept at the losing of lip balms. What’s up with that? Love having you, as always.

  19. Great prompt Eli! THanks for including me. Did you have to use the Big Boy photo? I’ll be craving one all week now and can’t even get one since SC doesn’t have any! Love me some Big Boy and FF with tartar sauce~

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Rena! Always good to have you along. That Big Boy statue means instant hunger, doesn’t it? London, Ky. That’s the nearest Big Boy Burgers to me. A mere 5 hours, 23 minutes away! I could be there in time for breakfast.

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