“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

Pretty interesting, huh? I bet that’s information that you can use at the next dinner party you attend. But wait, there’s more. That’s the official piece of text authorised by the Guinness World Records association for attempts to break the speed text messaging world record. And beaten it was, by a sixteen year old Singaporean student named Ang Chuang Yang, who thumbed out the passage in 41.52 seconds. This sterling effort beat the previous record of 42.22 seconds held by American Ben Cook since July.

Ang Chuang Yang says that the trick to getting a good speed is to use a phone with large keys. Well, no shit, Sherlock. I would also assume that it would be easier to use predictive text, but I imagine that’s not allowed by the Guinness organisation’s rules.

(Photo from News.com.au)

Ang says that he plans to aim for 39 seconds next year. His parents must be so proud of him, up there in his room practising his speed texting. If only he was texting a message to someone else.