Chip fan who found world’s longest Hula Hoop will keep snack as family heirloom

A man has discovered the world’s longest Hula Hoop, a 4-inch monster crisp that he plans to keep as a family heirloom.

Sam Lightfoot, 26, will have to protect the whopper from his crisp-munching dog after he discovered it during a family lunch.

The goliath snack barely fitted in the packet of salt and vinegar crisps and is an eye-watering eight times bigger than your bog-standard hoop.

He has vowed to save it forever, a task that seven-year-old golden doodle Mylo could make difficult.

Sam’s discovery trumps the previous world record – a 3.7-inch hoop found in May.

The off-shore wind farm planner said the find was among his biggest achievements.



The previous record hoop was 0.3 inches smaller than Sam’s beast

He said: “It’s up there in the top ten, along with buying a house and a car.

“We’ve been worried about breaking it so we’re keeping it safe in its packet in the utility room.

“We’ve seen online that someone got £20,000 for a puffed-up Dorito they found, but we’re not planning to sell this – it’s too sentimental.



Chip fan who found world's longest Hula Hoop will keep snack as family heirloom
Mylo loves crisps and poses a huge threat to the discovery

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“I’ll probably keep it forever and hand it down through the family.”

Sam’s special packet was within a multi-bag bought for him by his 12-year-old cousin Maisie, as part of the family shop in Tesco, Aldershot, Hampshire, earlier on August 20.

Sam, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is staying with his family for a holiday, and could feel something unusual before opening the packet.



Chip fan who found world's longest Hula Hoop will keep snack as family heirloom
His cousin Maisie actually purchased the multi-pack containing the hoop

He said: “When I opened it I was like ‘whaaaaaat’, then I realised it was an extra-long Hula Hoop.

“I went and showed everyone.

“They were very impressed.

“Then I measured it.

“It’s Maisie’s achievement really, so it will probably stay here in Surrey.”



Chip fan who found world's longest Hula Hoop will keep snack as family heirloom
It waits to be seen if another hoop can top Sam’s record

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Maisie said: “I feel proud to have picked it up, and pleased to have the longest hula hoop in my house.”

Rowan Umland, 19, from Peckham, south London, found a 3.7-inch hoop in May this year.

Musician Stuart Hampton, 31, from Darnhill in Greater Manchester, auctioned a 3in Hula Hoop for £712 in 2014.

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