Duluth News Tribune 2-26-2005

Talk about an icebreaker

Chad Netherland, manager of the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, will be out to claim top honors as an icebreaker today, when he goes for another entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. At 1 p.m., he'll attempt to break two records: fastest time to break 55 blocks of ice and the most blocks of ice broken in a single strike.

Aquarium members can watch the feat for free, but nonmember adults will need to pay a $5 admission fee, and children can get in for $3. All proceeds will go to the aquarium's educational programs.

This won't be Netherland's first endeavor to claim a world record. Last winter, he set a record by lying on a bed of 156 nails while a pal smashed 692 pounds of concrete on his chest. That event, too, was designed to promote and support the aquarium.