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'Elephant toothpaste' experiment earns University of Guelph world record

It's official: The University of Guelph's physics and astronomy club broke a world record for the largest amount of 'elephant toothpaste' created.

Physics club hopes world record will inspire young people to consider careers in science

The elephant toothpaste at its height during a world record attempt at the University of Guelph in May. In all, the experiment created 21.04 cubic metres of soapy foam to win the world record. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

It was a lot of foam — 21.04 cubic metres to be exact.

And that amount of "elephant toothpaste" has earned the University of Guelph's physics club a Guinness World Record.

The club conducted the experiment on campus in May as part of the Science Olympics, an outreach event for high school students.

Elephant toothpaste is an easy at-home experiment people can do by combining dish soap, baking yeast and peroxide. For this experiment, the club used dish soap, peroxide and potassium iodide.

The previous record was held by the TV show Live with Kelly and Ryan with the help of Science Bob. In that attempt, the total amount of elephant toothpaste measured was 13.07 cubic metres.

Jason "Orbax" Thomas, the science communication officer the physics department, helped plan the event and said he and the club are "elated" to have earned the world record.

"We always want to inspire young people and to show them that science can be fun, because getting people excited enough to look into careers in science is what it is all about," Thomas said in a release about winning the record.

Jason 'Orbax' Thomas, left, and Sweet Pepper Klopek, his partner in the science comedy duo Monsters of Schlock, look at their creation. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

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