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German Town Mounts Own Pippistock

With more than 753 people decked out as one of the country's favorite children's book and film characters, the town of Mayen seeks to set a world record for Pippi Longstocking impersonators.

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It was red pigtails galore in Germany this weekend.

Pippi Longstocking, probably the world's most beloved and impudent pig-tailed red-head, hails from Sweden and is the creation of children's author Astrid Lindgren. But don't tell the residents of Mayen, in Germany's Eifel Mountains region.

On Saturday, 753 people bore Pippi's trademark red braids, some even riding horses, in an effort break the Guinness Book of Records world record for a meeting of Pippi Longstocking impersonators. The smallest were still in strollers and the oldest could have been their great grandparents. The one thing they had in common was that they were all dressed up as Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim's Daughter Longstocking, the swashbuckling pirate and authority fighter who has captured imaginations around the world. The town won't know whether it set the record for a few months.

Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children's book characters in Germany. The stories of the world's strongest girl, who owns her own home, a monkey and a horse, have sold over 6 million copies here alone. Around the world, they've been translated into more than 80 languages. As Saturday's festivities demonstrated, Pippi isn't just popular with the kids, but also grown up ones.

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  • Date 06.06.2004
  • Author DW Staff (dsl)
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  • Date 06.06.2004
  • Author DW Staff (dsl)
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