IF you thought you saw a handful of giant Smurfs wandering around today, then don't worry - you weren't hallucinating. More than 4,000 people across the world embraced blue face paint and turned themselves into the Belgian cartoon characters in honour of Global Smurfs Day. Hundreds gathered at South Street Seaport in NY as they joined dedicated fans in ten other cities to smash the world record for the biggest gathering of Smurfs in 24 hours. Praying their face paint wouldn't melt as temperatures soared, the NYorkers sported blue t-shirts, white hats and white trousers and gathered down by the water from 10am today. They were joined by fans in every corner of the globe, including South Africa, Panama, Mexico and Russia. This afternoon Guinness adjudicators officially confirmed the record for the 'largest gathering of people dressed as Smurfs in multiple venues' had been broken. DM