London Group Shatters Coconut Orchestra Record A swarm of Monty Python fans met in London's Trafalgar Square on Monday to clop along with the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The event is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most members of a coconut orchestra, which previously stood at 1789 people. Event organizers counted 4382 coconut-bangers in the crowd.
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London Group Shatters Coconut Orchestra Record

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London Group Shatters Coconut Orchestra Record

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A swarm of Monty Python fans met in London's Trafalgar Square on Monday to clop along with the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The event is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most members of a coconut orchestra, which previously stood at 1789 people. Event organizers counted 4382 coconut-bangers in the crowd.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

And now, for something completely different.

(Soundbite of song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life")

Mr. ERIC IDLE (Soloist, Monty Python): (Singing) Always look on the bright side of life.

BLOCK: Today in London's Trafalgar Square, a swarm of Monty Python fans collected to clop along with the song, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." They wanted to break the Guinness World Record for most people in a coconut orchestra.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

That's right. It's hard to believe that such a record existed in the first place. Two former members of Monty Python, Terry Jones and Terry Gillian, were there to spur on the crowd in Trafalgar Square. They were continuing a running joke from the film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

King Arthur and his trusty servant, Patsy, find themselves traveling the countryside without horses. So they just mimic the sound of hooves by banging coconuts together. Precisely how all those coconuts made it to eighth-century Britain in the first place, has long been a subject of debate.

BLOCK: The Guinness record for coconut banging was 1,789 people. Event organizers counted 4,382 coconut bangers in the crowd today, so their quest was victorious.

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