On This Day In Eyeglass History: The Longest Line of Spectacles Created

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The longest line of spectacles consisted of 16,530 pairs of spectacles, measured 2,011 m (6,597 ft 9 in) and was created by Sabae Megane Guinness 2011 committee (Japan) at Nishiyama Park, Sabae, Fukui, Japan, on 5 May 2011.

Sabae produces 90% of glasses in Japan. The record attempt is to promote the city as the country’s top glasses production region.

Source: Guinness World Records 

On The Zero G Eyewear website:

Zero G Eyewear has partnered up with Megane Guinness in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of spectacles in history and in the process help rebuild the areas of Japan most affected by the recent disasters.

The organization would like to promote the city of Sabae to the world. 90% of Japanese domestically produced eyewear is manufactured in Sabae city, Fukui, but many people are not aware of it. Megane Guinness decided to challenge the Guinness World Record to promote that Sabae=Megane(Spectacles) and Megane=Sabae.

On May 5th, 2011, tens of thousands of donated optical frames from around the world will be connected in Sabae city in a single line with a target of 6,600 feet (1.25 miles). The current Guinness World Record is 5,775 feet. To reach the goal, the organization will need to collect 20,000 frames.

All donated frames will be distributed to people in need.