How long do you think it would take you to put together a 40 thousand-piece puzzle? For Maxine Olive of Belleville, Ontario, that’s more of a challenge than a hypothetical question. She recently set the world record by finishing the Ravensburger Memorable Moments puzzle in 150 hours. That’s a 40,320-piece jigsaw puzzle in nine grueling days.
The puzzle features 10 sections depicting popular Disney characters such as Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Beauty and the Beast, as shown in photos. The dimensions for the puzzle are also shown. Once completed, it measures 22 feet by 6 feet and weighs more than 40 pounds. Supposedly it is the world’s largest puzzle. An American man previously held the record for completing the puzzle in 423 hours.
To take on the challenge, Olive took time off work and was forced to clear out her living room to make space for the massive puzzle. She worked continuously, only stopping to eat and sleep. According to her interview with Global News, her shortest day was 13 and a half hours long and her longest stretch of work meant only sleeping one hour between two days. “By that last day it felt like everything hurt and my brain was turning to mush,” she hyperbolized.
Olive has since taken the puzzle apart, a necessary action considering it took up her entire living room. She will be submitting to Guinness the video footage of her completing the puzzle. Congratulations, Olive, on your impressive skill and accomplishment!
Photos courtesy of Ravensburger