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Long Island Man Attempts to Break Guinness World Record

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Cory Macellaro, of Rocky Point, looks to beat the record for the most alternating one-handed claps in one minute.

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Pictured left to right are Nicholas Roalef (camera work and general help), Nicholas Hackett (camera work and general help), Cory Macellaro, Councilwoman Bonner, Michael Lutz (police captain, witness), Nicole Kessinger (timekeeper), Christina Dimaria (timekeeper) and Craig Baldwin (sound engineer). Photo: Brookhaven Town.

The record is 685; set by Hassan Alghazali from Baghdad, Iraq in 2019. On August 15, a Rocky Point man went to Heritage Park in Mount Sinai and unofficially beat Alghazali by 168. What was he trying to do? Cory Macellaro was looking to break the Guinness World Record for the most alternating one-handed claps in one minute.

 

To achieve his goal, Macellaro, performed 853 claps in one minute, translating to over 14 claps per second. The feat was captured on audio and video. According to Guinness, it could take as long as 12 weeks to review the attempt and officially declare Cory the current record holder.

 

The alternating one-handed claps were counted by slowing down the audio and video and reading the waveform. The number was triple checked using different methods. According to Guinness, it could take as long as 12 weeks to review the attempt and officially declare Cory the current record holder.

 

A one-handed clap is exactly as it sounds: a clapping sound made by skating one hand. In this case a person will perform the one-handed clap with each hand. You can see the one-handed clap performed by Alghazali here on the Guinness webpage.

 

Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner was on hand to witness the attempt by Macellaro.

 

“This was my first time serving as a witness to a Guinness World Record attempt and I must say it was very exciting to be a part of Cory’s big day,” she said.