Believe it or not, in the school library world, Where’s Waldo books can be pretty controversial. Many a dismissive comment has fell upon my ears regarding He Who Rocks the Red-and-White. It stems from the whole reading vs. not reading debate that will be raging for as long as kids are reading and not reading.

But all that isn’t important right now. What I really want to ask you is this: Remember that one Where’s Waldo where you had to find the real Waldo among the impostors? At Rutgers University on April 2nd, 2009, that page came to life. An image of the event via the pop culture website BuzzFeed:


Via New York Magazine, the press release:

Last night, on April 2nd, 2009, the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Rutgers Student Life broke the Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Waldo from the iconic picture book series, Where’s Waldo?. 1,052 Rutgers students, staff and community members were spotted “showing their stripes” at the historic State Theatre located in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers smashed the previous record, set by 577 Acuity Insurance Employees in Sheboygan, Wisconsin at the Acuity Insurance headquarters.

Waldo fan or not, this is kinda cool to see. I’m gonna keep looking for the real one.