Guinness World Records Threatens Blogger, But Removes Challenge to “Beat Worst Terrorist Attack Record” From Website

“Break The Record for… Most individuals killed in a terrorist attack”

When Fail Blog discovered that the Guinness World Records website was challenging viewers to “Break the Record” for the “most individuals killed in a terrorist attack”, the blog’s editor did a screen capture of the outrageous website and posted it as a FAIL.

In response, lawyers for Guinness World Records threatened the FailBlog with legal action if the blog didn’t remove the Guinness trade mark from their story. The letter said that Guinness would take “whatever action necessary to protect its reputation…” (Ha… Guinness should have thought about their reputation before posting the challenge to readers to kill more people!)

No apology or “oops” from Guinness though for encouraging readers to “break the record” for the most individuals killed in a terrorist attack.

FailBlog posted their response to the lawyer’s letter, telling Guinness World Records Limited that their “douchebaggy cyber-bullying emails will only bring upon you more shame on your house.”

We agree.

Guinness Record Terrorist AttackOne of our readers alerted us to this story and also discovered that Guinness has removed their webpage encouraging readers to break the world terrorist record.

Thank you, Fail Blog!

Here’s what Fail Blog wrote to Guinness…

To: Guinness World Records

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thanks for writing us an email regarding the “Record Breaking Fail”. Unfortunately, douchebaggy cyber-bullying emails will only bring upon you more shame on your house. I am also resisting the urge to write this email in ALL CAPS.

I believe it is the duty of FAIL Blog(TM) to call out organizations when they encourage the public to do such things as “Break the record” for the “Most Individuals Killed In A Terrorist Act”. We firmly believe that our publication of your fail is protected under the concepts of fair use, commentary and non-trademark use. Please RTFM and we welcome you to the interwebs…

… continue reading this story and see the examples at Fail Blog’s OMG You Fail So Hard


Filed under Barbados, Ethics, Freedom Of The Press

6 responses to “Guinness World Records Threatens Blogger, But Removes Challenge to “Beat Worst Terrorist Attack Record” From Website

  1. kiki

    FAILS are key performance indicators for business as usual straight through processing. Sometimes FAILS are for valid reasons such as you can not sell something that you don’t have, you can not buy something with no money, or you are not a client, or the data is corrupted, or sometimes for dodgy reasons that can not be accounted when investigated. Apparently there were a lot of FAILed trades settlements on and immediately after 9-11

  2. Themis

    How is this relevant to anything, BFP? Are you losing it?

  3. passin thru

    Free press often print articles for fun. Different things. Thats why I like them.

    Robert we need more airplane articles!

  4. The item’s relevance is clear as day to me – as bloggers become more significant, their right to comment and even their civil liberties are under threat more and more as mainstream entities cringe being under such global vivisectioning.

    The power of blogs is in the fact that ANYONE can start one, no degree nor money just ‘Net and a laptop or computer.

  5. BTW – speaking of terrorists… On Mornin’ Barbados on TV8 recently, they visited the Codrington School and they had a feature where these pupils, about ages 12 to 14, were allowed to choose their own topics for a project.

    Two of the groups selected “Getting Into The Mind of a Suicide Bomber” and one read out loud (to the effect that) ‘…the reason these people blow things up was because they want to fight for their rights and go to a better place…’

    The student added (sic) ‘…but they have family and jobs like everyone else…’ Comments?

  6. kiki

    (Maybe) it’s like the helplessness palestinians kid feel when they wave their rocks in front of tanks.

    Wailing Souls – War – (Concious Rockers)