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Los Angeles effort to set ukulele-playing record falls short

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LOS ANGELES » What do you get when more than 1,100 ukulele (OO’-koo-leh-leh) enthusiasts gather and begin playing their instruments?

Lots of noise, but not a new world record.

Crowds gathered Saturday in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles in a second annual attempt to set a new mark for the largest ensemble of ukuleles, the Hawaiian instrument that looks like a mini guitar.

The ensemble played the same song for five minutes, but the Los Angeles Times reported (lat.ms/1JUwbXr) that 1,102 participants fell short of the official Guinness record of 2,370, set in England.

Meanwhile, a recent gathering in Tahiti said it attracted an as-yet-unverified 4,750 participants.

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