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Farm Family Sets Amazing World Record
Sep 12, 2012
Some world records are jaw-dropping. Others are just plain fun. The Kraay family, who farm in central Alberta, managed to do both with their record-setting corn maze.
"We have to come up with a design every year, and it's always a hard thing to do," explains Rachel Kraay. "We were looking through some magazines together and saw all these QR codes and thought, hey, those codes sort of look like a maze. I wonder if we can make one?"
The resulting QR code was an astounding 309,570 square feet and stretched across seven total acres. The family submitted evidence to Guinness World Records, who later verified it is in fact the largest QR code ever made.
"We weren't sure if it was going to happen with all the different evidence we had to submit, so we were relieved and excited," Kraay says. "It was a fun thing for us to do, and to receive this recognition really makes the hard work feel worth it."
It’s a fully functional QR code, too – scanning the picture below with a QR code reader (you might have to angle your smartphone a bit, but it does work) takes you to the Kraay family farm website. Or, you can fly over the actual corn maze with a helicopter and scan it that way. (That’s how the Kraays did it as part of their world record application to Guinness.)