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Students bid for Smurf world record

The group will paint themselves blue and don white gnome hats for the attempt on June 8.

They hope to smash the existing record of 1,253 Smurfs in one place, which was set in the town of Castleblayney in Northern Ireland last July.

Hannah Lamden, of Swansea University’s Student Union, said the bid in the city’s Oceana nightclub will put an end to rival ‘Smurf wars’.

She said: “It’s a Smurf war. Bath, Southampton, Chester and Portsmouth University have all tried but we’re going to make sure that no student is left un-blue.

“We want our record to stay in the Guinness Book for years to come.”

Smurfs were created by Belgium cartoonist Peyo in a series of comic strips for the magazine Le Journal de Spirou. The tiny creatures were then turned into a animated television series in the 1980s made by Hanna-Barbera.

The original name “schtroumpf” and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend André Franquin in which, having momentarily forgotten the word “salt” Peyo asked him (in French) to “pass the schtroumpf”.

Franquin replied: “Here’s the Schtroumpf – when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back” and the two spent the rest of the week-end speaking in schtroumpf language.

The name was later translated as “smurf” into English.

Source: Telegraph

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