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Guinness World Records, known until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records (and in previous U.S. editions as The Guinness Book of World Records), is a reference book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted series of all-time.

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1 McWhirter Twins' Deaths Become Far More Splashy+Tabloidy Since
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2 Now with stupid categories! Cricket spitting. And that's not the only one!
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1 Agreed. Most of these "records" are either bogus, or just plain stupid. Too bad Guinness has a stranglehold on this, otherwise, I would suggest someone else jump in and throw in a new record book that actually focuses on records. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on June 28, 2010, 10:14 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I recall when there was a TV show regarding this, and most of the stuff they showed were awful. Who gives a @#$% about how wide someone can open their eyes?! Snorting noodles out your nose...give me a break! It's not something you'd brag to anybody. It boned when they focused on disgusting instead of stuff that REALLY matters. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on June 28, 2010, 5:22 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 When they started having categories that were disgusting, stupid, and idiotic, the legacy was boned. I don't care to know what the world records are for longest time juggling dog turds, biggest upchuck into a fish tank, or longest time spent sitting on a toilet while constipated. Good news: They don't have those categories yet. Bad news: For how long? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 10, 2010, 12:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The Guinness Book of World Records used to be an almost scholarly tome. It used to assume a fair amount of literacy on the part of its readers: I was inspired to teach myself exponential notation so that I could understand some of the entries in the science and technical area. (Guinness also used to publish top-quality record books/references on specific subjects like aviation, animals, astronomy, etc.). No longer: Since Norris McWhirter was ousted as a consultant in 995, the book has turned to crap. I read somewhere recently that the main target audience of the Guinness book of Records is teenage boys, and that explains a lot. Sometimes, it looks like they decided which celebrities they wanted to feature in the book, and then tailored the "records" to fit. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 27, 2009, 11:44 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I agree it used to be a weighty tome that had an air of authority, now it is just a tabloid-y record of freak show "accomplishments". Perfect for the illiterate short attention span crowd -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 16, 2009, 3:21 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Agreed with the tabloid reason: I remember when the Guinness Book of World Records was a heavy, thick paperback filled with hundreds if not thousands of records and small print. The presentation was very weighty and official, and the appearance of the book itself lent an air of authority to the records presented within. Now it's just a flashy hardcover, and some versions I've seen are thin and only contain the most "popular" records, such as those that were on the short lived and awful TV show. If you want the old GBoWR, I suggest getting a copy of the TIME Almanac, as that book is the closest thing I can find to what the GBoWR used to be. -- Submitted By: (castaghast) on June 25, 2009, 2:07 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Chuck Norris holds all of the world records. The Guinness World Records is simply a list of everyone who has come in second. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on May 12, 2009, 12:08 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Never boned. The "Guinness Book of World Records" is the silliest, funniest, most entertaining, informative, and eye-popping (hint, hint!) book ever made! I like reading some of the more unusual entries, such as the guy who ate an entire Cessna airplane! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on April 25, 2009, 7:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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