Adjudicators from the Guinness book of records will be poised and ready with their whistles and stopwatches tonight, when males from the nation's mathematics fraternity attempt to break the record for the largest synchronised five-finger-shuffle.
Dubbed by the media as the 'yankathon', the audacious attempt will take place at an undisclosed location somewhere near Rochford, Essex and is set to coincide with Rachel Riley's appearance on Strictly Come Dancing which goes on air at 9pm on BBC One.
'It's gonna be a long hard struggle but we're well up for it" said event organiser, Harry Stubb to rapturous cheers from his right hand men.
The 'mathletes', who last week signed a sponsorship deal with Kleenex, are hoping to smash the current national record, held by a SAGA backed consortium from Eastbourne, who managed an incredible 27 in 2005 when Calendar Girls was the afternoon matinee at the town's Curzon picture house.
Head adjudicator, Dickie McSquirter said, "Rachel's a big draw, so I'm expecting a huge turn out tonight. As such, there'll be five adjudicators all together, two at the bottom, two in the middle and one at the top of the hall. It's gonna be a very tense affair but I'm hopeful that a new record can be made. We’ve also managed to hire a large stop clock á la Countdown as a further teaser for the entrants, although it’s expected that many will finish ahead of the allotted 30 second deadline”
Meanwhile, Mr McSquirter was quick to dismiss claims of an unofficial record made by a group of DJ's in 1970 when the live final of Opportunity Knocks saw Bonnie Langford crowned as the winner.
It's not known as yet how many are expected to attend the yankathon but a purple head count will be taken and official numbers released when available.
Mr Stubb finished by saying, "This record attempt has taken months of hard work and planning but if we can pull it off there'll be a collective sigh of relief when it's over."