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Bed Pushing (1960s)

This fad originated at the University of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It quickly caught on in Canada with Canadian students from coast to coast pushing beds over the highways, prairies and frozen lakes of the country. The record (at the time) was 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) set by an Ontario University team that “kept its Simmons rolling night and day for a week.” When the craze peaked in 1979, the new record was from students at Pennsylvania’s St. Vincent College. The team pushed their bed (beds had to be mounted on wheels to allow them to travel) in circles around a shopping center for 3,000 kilometres (1,980 miles).