World’s longest bench declared illegal

2013-12-27 15:24

Swiss public authorities have outlawed the world’s longest bench today and ordered a cheesemaking company to remove the wooden structure, which fits about 2 000 people side by side.

The canton of Appenzell said the seat on the Kronberg, an Alpine foothill near the Austrian border, was not necessary, since there were already plenty of places on the hill for footsore hikers to sit.

Appenzeller Kaese, a dairy company, built the bench of planks in 2012 as a public relations stunt and hired a public notary to certify it as 1 013.32 metres end to end, the widest (or longest) in the world.

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