Ben Cook, 18, from Utah sets text-messaging record on July 28,2006.
A Utah teen with fingers of fury is once again the speed text-messaging king of the world.
Ben Cook, 18, of Provo, Utah, returned to the top of the cell-phone text-messaging competition last Friday at a water park in Denver, blazing through a 160-character standardized message in 42.22 seconds.
The phrase used for purposes of professional, competition texting is: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."
The feat was recorded on video and scored by an official timekeeper, validating it for Guinness World Records purposes, said Sara Spaulding, spokeswoman for event sponsor Jump Mobile.
Text messaging, already popular with teenagers, is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., jumping from 2.9 billion a month in 2004 to about 7.3 billion a month in December 2005, according to a survey by the CTIA , the wireless industry's trade group.
Cook in 2004 snagged the world record by texting the official phrase in 57.75 seconds, a record that soon fell. Before Cook's feat Friday, the record was held by a 23-year-old woman from Singapore at 43.24 seconds set on June 27, 2004.
这条专门用于比赛的专业短信的全文是：“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”（拥有锋利牙齿的Serrasalmus 及Pygocentrus属水虎鱼，是世界上最凶猛的淡水鱼，但实际上，它们很少攻击人类。）