Research shows that NFL players can lose an average of three percent of their overall body weight during any given practice session, due in large part to water weight loss. A Scientific American article reports, “If a 300-pound (135-kilogram) lineman loses about three percent of his body weight, he has sweat out 1.08 gallons (4.09 liters) of fluid—which means that he would need to drink about 17 eight-ounce (23.5-centiliter) glasses of water to rehydrate after the game.” If that has you feeling parched, rehydrate with these water world records.
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Only Bottled, Please
Some people are extremely particular about the liquid they use to replenish their bodies. Tap water just will not do. In 2007, 50 billion single-serving bottles of water were consumed in just the United States. Water is actually the most popular drink choice in this nation, ending the two-decade-long run of soda. A gentleman who takes his bottled water very seriously, Lorenzo Pescini of Florence, Italy, has collected 8,650 different bottled water labels since 1992. With labels from 185 different countries of 1,683 different springs, Pescini has been the reigning king of water bottle labels since January 12, 2009.
Plan3t Foundation auctioned a 24-karat gold plated glass bottle of water designed by Italian artist Amedeo Clemente Modigliani for $60,000 on March 4, 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico. At least the dazzling price tag benefitted a good cause; the aim was to raise money for global warming research.
An Exhausting Game
For any person, playing an entire game of football can be a draining effort. After leaving it all out on the gridiron, who wouldn’t be ready for a good night’s sleep? Water Bed City, in Hamburg, Germany, has you covered. Heck, the world’s largest waterbed, created on May 26, 2001, could probably accommodate the entire team. It measures 503.4 square feet and holds 1,849.2 gallons of water. Jammies aren’t included.
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Cooling off after a brutal game usually taking a shower and drinking lots of fluids. But there are so many fun ways to beat the heat with water. Remember being a kid and getting into a water balloon fight with a group of friends on a sweltering summer day? Or the sweet relief of finally reaching the end of the water slide at your neighborhood pool?
Well, some people take the joy of water activities to a whole new level. On June 20, 2012, 432 Zappos.com employees in Shepherdsville, Kentucky manned their rubber grenades to participate in the world’s largest water balloon fight. The Águas Quentes Country Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil built the world’s tallest water slide in 2002. The Kilimanjaro measures an incredible 163 feet and nine inches high. Improbable as it may seem, the record is about to be broken. A higher water slide, dubbed the Verruckt (“insane” in German), is set to open this summer in Kansas City.
The Magic-Eye at Galaxy Erding in Germany boasts the longest inner tube water slide at a staggering 1,169 feet long. On September 14, 2013, on Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin, five different show ski teams combined to build a 60-person water-skiing pyramid, also a world record.
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Alli Sands is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.