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At 6:23PM on December 9, 1976, 24-year-old Melody Schick broke the Guinness World Record for sitting still. And she did it at NorthPark Center.

She dressed as a ragdoll for the occasion – with exaggerated makeup, blonde pigtails, and a red dress under a blue pinafore. She and her father sat on rotating platforms, drawing a rather large crowd near J.C. Penney’s. Her father, Robert Schick, dressed as Santa’s toymaker, and had intentions of breaking the record along with his daughter. However, after almost four hours, he fainted and was unable to finish.

Photo from the Dallas Times Herald

Per the Guinness rules, Melody could only blink and breathe. No other movements were allowed, which was seemingly quite easy for her, as she had practiced freeze modeling since she was 13-years-old.

According to recordholders.org, Melody broke the record again in 1981, after losing the title in 1978. The current record belongs to Akshinthala Seshu Babu of India, who sat still for 30 hours and 12 minutes in 2003.

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