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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Craig Glenday

BANTAM BOOKS NEW YORK • TORONTO • LONDON • SYDNEY • AUCKLAND


Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Human Body. . . . . . . . . . . . . Extreme Bodies. . . . . . . . . . . Age and Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . Body Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Body Beautiful. . . . . . . . . . . . Medical Marvels . . . . . . . . . . Against All Odds. . . . . . . . . .

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Amazing Feats. . . . . . . . . . . . . Unusual Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . Tests of Strength . . . . . . . . . . Courage & Endurance . . . . . Marathon Efforts. . . . . . . . . . Mass Participation. . . . . . . . . Teamwork. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golden Oldies. . . . . . . . . . . . Early Starters. . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Small Stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Natural World. . . . . . . . . . . . . Creepy Crawlies. . . . . . . . . . . Animal Extremes. . . . . . . . . . Extraordinary Animals. . . . . Fantastic Pets. . . . . . . . . . . . . Plant World . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Science & Technology . . . . . . Gadgets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Internet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amazing Science. . . . . . . . . . Buildings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Arts & Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Music Feats & Facts. . . . . . . . TV Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stunts & Special Effects . . . . Cartoons & Animation. . . . . Books & Magazines. . . . . . . . Art & Sculpture. . . . . . . . . . . Toys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Modern Society. . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Collections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 People & Places. . . . . . . . . . . 94 Big Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Big Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Travel & Transport. . . . . . . . Bikes & Motorbikes. . . . . . . Aircraft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Journeys. . . . . . . . . . . . Air & Sea Heroes. . . . . . . . .

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Sports & Games . . . . . . . . . . Action Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . Gymnastics & Weights. . . . Combat & Martial Arts . . . Ball Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Soccer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Racket Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . Animal Sports. . . . . . . . . . . Games & Gambling. . . . . . . Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Credits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Stop Press. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

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Guinnes World Records

Most Pierced Woman

WHO: Elaine Davidson WHAT: 720 piercings WHERE: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK WHEN: August 9, 2001 By August 9, 2001, Elaine Davidson, of Edinburgh, Scotland, had a record-breaking total of 720 piercings. She first broke the record in May 2000, when a Guinness World Records official examined her and found 462 piercings on various parts of her body, including 192 on her facial area alone.

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Human Body

Smallest Waist on a Living Person WHO: Cathie Jung WHAT: 38.1 cm (15 in) WHERE: Old Mystic, Connecticut, USA WHEN: As of 1999 Cathie Jung’s waist is about the same size as a regular jar of mayonnaise. She’s been wearing a corset every day for the past 12 years, and she now wears one 24 hours a day. “I probably have around 100 of them,” says the corset queen.

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Guinnes World Records

Extreme Bodies LOUDEST BURP

WHO: Paul Hunn WHAT: 107.1 db WHERE: London, UK WHEN: 24 September 2008 The record for the loudest burp is 107.1 db achieved by Paul Hunn (UK) on the set of The New Paul O’Grady Show, London, UK, on 24 September 2008.

The tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence is Robert Pershing Wadlow. He was born at Alton, Illinois, USA, on February 22, 1918, and when he was last measured on June 27, 1940, was found to be 2.72 m (8 ft 11.1 in) tall. Wadlow died at 1:30 a.m. on July 15, 1940, in a hotel in Manistee, Michigan, as a result of a septic blister on his right ankle caused by a brace, which had been poorly fitted only a week earlier. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, in a coffin measuring 3.28 m (10 ft 9 in) long, 81 cm (32 in) wide and 76 cm (30 in) deep. Wadlow’s greatest recorded weight was 222.71 kg (35 st 1 lb) on his 21st birthday and he weighed 199 kg (31 st 5 lb) at the time of his death. His shoe size was 37AA (47 cm, 18½ in long) and his hands measured 32.4 cm (12¾ in) from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. He wore a size 25 ring. His arm span was 2.88 m (9 ft 5¾ in) and his peak daily food consumption was 8000 calories.

TALLEST MAN

WHO: Robert Pershing Wadlow WHAT: 2.7 m (8 ft 11 in) WHERE: Alton, Illinois, USA WHEN: Last measured on

July 15, 1940

At the age of nine, he was able to carry his father Harold F. Wadlow, later Mayor of Alton, who stood 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) and weighed 77 kg (170 lb), up the stairs of the family home.

GURNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - MOST WINS WHO: Gordon Mattinson WHAT: 10 WHERE: Cumbria, UK WHEN: 1967-72 and

1974-77

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The Egremont Crab Apple Fair, Cumbria, is the venue of the World Gurning Championships (formerly known as the `Grinning for’bacca” contest). The competition is not limited to toothless old men, though they do make up a large proportion of the contestants. The only gurner to have won the World Championship ten times is Gordon Mattinson of Aspatria, Cumbria, from 1967-72 and 1974-77.

FURTHEST EYEBALL POPPER WHO: Kim Goodman WHAT: 12 mm (0.47 in) WHERE: Istanbul, Turkey WHEN: November 2, 2007

Kim Goodman (USA) can pop her eyeballs to a protrusion of 12 mm (0.47 in) beyond her eye sockets. Her eyes were measured in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 2, 2007.

LUNG POWER - MOST POWERFUL LUNGS

WHO: Manjit Singh WHAT: 2.44 m (8 ft) WHERE: Leicester, Leicestershire, UK


Human Body

LONGEST EAR HAIR

WHO: Anthony Victor WHAT: 18.1 cm (7.12 in) WHERE: Madurai, India WHEN: As of 26 August 2007

WHEN: September

16, 1998 The inflation of a standard meteorological balloon (1,000g (35 oz)) to a diameter of 2.44 m (8 ft) against time was achieved by Manjit Singh (UK) in 42 min at Rushley Pavilion Centre, Leicester, UK on September 16, 1998.

Anthony Victor (India) has hair sprouting from the centre of his outer ears (middle of the pinna) that measures 18.1 cm (7.12 in) at its longest point.

LONGEST HAIR

WHO: Xie Qiuping WHAT: 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) WHERE: Guangxi Province, China WHEN: May 8, 2004

The world’s longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on May 8, 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13.

MOST BODY PIERCINGS IN ONE SESSION

WHO: Charlie Wilson (UK) and

LONGEST TONGUE

Kam Ma (UK) WHAT: 1015 WHERE: UK WHEN: March 4, 2006 The world record for most body piercings in one session is 1015 piercings in 7 hours and 55 minutes achieved by Charlie Wilson (UK) and Kam Ma (UK) at the Sunderland Body Art, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK, on March 4, 2006.

MOST FINGERS AND TOES LIVING PERSON WHO: Pranamya Menaria and

Devendra Harne

WHAT: 25 WHERE: India WHEN: Devendra Harne

There are two holders for this record: Pranamya Menaria (India; born August 10, 2005) has 25 in total (12 fingers and 13 toes). This is as a result of the condition Polydactyly and Syndactyly. Devendra Harne, pictured above, (India; born January 9, 1995) also has 25 in total (12 fingers and 13 toes) as a result of the condition polydactylism.

WHO: Stephen Taylor WHAT: 9.8 cm (3.86 in) WHERE: Coventry, United Kingdom WHEN: 11 February 2009

The longest tongue measures 9.8 cm (3.86 in) from the tip to the middle of his closed top lip and was achieved by Stephen Taylor (United Kingdom), at Westwood Medical Centre, Coventry, United Kingdom, on 11 February 2009.

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