15 Zany Things You Didn’t Know About Your Bed
It isn’t always fun to wake up and get out of bed. Whether it’s because you don’t feel like going to work, school or some other appointment, it doesn’t matter. The comfy, safe bed you left behind is still on your mind, but did you know what your bed can truly offer? The bed is a magical place filled with mystique . . .
Luckiest Person in the World
When one hears the phrase “professional mattress tester,” two thoughts usually come to mind. The first is one of chagrin—why can’t I have that job? The second is incredulity—I can’t have it because it doesn’t exist. According to Shine, however, both travel review sites and hotel chains hire professional sleepers. As “The Independent” reported in 2006, Travelodge even hired a director of sleep. The salary for Wayne Munnelly, Travelodge’s master rester? £60,000.
Largest Teddy Bear
While Mr. Munnelly may have one of the cushiest jobs on the planet, he does not get to sleep with the world’s largest and cuddliest (stitched) creature. He would have to had to snuggle up next to a bear that was constructed by Dana Warren on June 6, 2008. The bear was given the name C.T. Dreams (Connect the Dreams), and, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, this Leviathan is more than 55 feet in length.
Largest Actual Bear
Cute may be the last thing on anyone’s mind when seeing the bones of the South American giant short-faced bear, or Arctodus. According to “National Geographic,” this extinct behemoth weighed in at a whopping 3,500 pounds and measured more than 11 feet when standing up.
Whether you’re looking for something especially safe to cower under after hearing about Arctodus, or hoping to have a neighborhood sleepover, the largest blanket in the world will accomplish that and probably a lot more. Created by Daphne O’Connor over the course of two years, the largest crochet blanket measures 81 feet by 38 feet.
The problem with having a blanket that size is that it barely fits the largest bed on Earth. Created in the Netherlands in 2011, the dimensions of this piece of furniture are 86 feet 11 inches long and 53 feet 11 inches wide (Guinness Book of World Records). A condo in Manhattan’s posh 737 Park Avenue with the same square footage would cost around $18.5 million.
Most Tired Person
This would have been an ideal place to crash after setting the world record for the longest time spent consistently awake. While the longest “tired time” may be difficult to fathom (18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes), the venue is just plain weird: a rocking chair marathon.
Best Rested Person
It would have also been a great place for Peter Powers to stage the single most boring televised stunt in history. Powers, a hypnotherapist, spent 8 consecutive days under his own spell in a state of hypnotic sleep. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the world record.
Most Comfortable Couples
Ed Young, a Dallas pastor and founder of the Ed Young Fellowship Church, and his wife staged a 24-hour bed-in on the roof of their church in January of 2012. They even streamed it. According to “The Huffington Post,” the bed-in was the setting for a day long discussion about how God wants couples to have healthier sex lives. In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a similar stunt during their honeymoon in both Amsterdam and Montreal.
Most Comfortable People
The site of the largest sleepover, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was in Kent, UK. It took place on May 8, 2008, and involved 1,626 participants. Their choice of wardrobe may have been similar to the approximate number of New York City Subway riders who boarded the train on January 13, 2013 without pants: 4,000.
Most Common Position
“The Wall Street Journal” recently reported that 57 percent of the 2,000 people questioned for a survey begin their sleep on their side. Seventeen percent responded that they sleep on their back, while eleven percent said they sleep on their stomach. The remaining participants claimed that their positions vary each night. The study also found that adults change their positions anywhere from three to 36 times per night.
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