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Guinness World Records 2012 [Hardcover]

Guinness World Records
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September 13, 2011 7 and up 2 and upGuinness World Records
It's an Olympic year, and to celebrate, the latest incarnation of the world's biggest selling annual unveils its most thrilling edition yet­ with a dynamic new "widescreen" design, thousands of new and classic records, never-before-seen photos and an exciting selection of new topics and features.

* Crisp, new design and color-coded sections to help organize and signpost the record content.

* 100% new pictures and fully updated records

* Mythconceptions - Test yourself and test your friends with quiz questions about the record facts that you think you know well!

* Fact files - Fascinating introductory articles about the stories behind the records.

* All-new sports section - Categorized by theme and allowing you to compare superlatives across every major sport.

* Pioneers - Meet the new generation of young men and women who are pushing the boundaries of human achievement... on land, air, ice and sea.

* The average reader - Find out how much time you spend watching TV, playing videogames and sleeping, and discover how much you laugh, weep, breathe and fart!

* Connexions - What connects China and Ireland? What does the USA have in common with Zaire? Find out with our country-by-country global connections at the bottom of every page.




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Q&A with Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving is the Guinness World Record holder for "Youngest Person to Fly Solo Around the World."

Barrington Irving

How did you come up with the idea of flying solo across the world?

I wanted to inspire other kids to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace so I thought this might be an amazing feat that would inspire them.

How do you feel about achieving a Guinness World Record?

Awesome, unreal, humbled, and inspired to accomplish even greater feats. Records are made to be broken. I’m just glad I have two records, and one of them--being the first black pilot to circle the world--no one will be able to ever break because I was the first.

What is your earliest memory of Guinness World Records?

I remember as a kid that I could never afford to purchase the Guinness records books, but every time I went shopping with my mom, I would read through the Guinness book, wondering what amazing talent I might have myself. Little did I know someday my own name would appear there!

Who do you consider to be your inspiration for this achievement?

My inspiration was my Jamaican parents for working so hard when they came to the U.S. and providing me an opportunity to receive an education. In addition, my mentor Capt. Gary Robinson inspired me to fly and Fabio Alexander, my first donor, was the first person to believe in my record-setting flight.

Can you share with us any moments that were scary or dramatic? Did you have a time that you thought you wouldn’t make it?

When I began this historic venture, I immediately realized why the youngest person before me was in his 30’s. The skills, patience, timing, training, and decisions I made at 23 helped me to survive. I almost died encountering a sandstorm at 17,000 feet over Saudi Arabia; crossing the North Atlantic on a 12.5-hour flight; encountering a monsoon over Vietnam (when I dropped my airplane from 20,000 feet to 9,200 ft., almost colliding into a mountain); and crossing the Bering Sea, when my aircraft was heavily covered with ice and I landed with only 12 minutes of fuel remaining on an island only one mile long!

Inversely, when did you realize that you were going to make it around the globe?

I never really felt comfortable until I reached Alaska and I saw US cable TV. (laughs)

How did you keep yourself alert and focused during the flight?

Eating sunflower seeds, drinking energy drinks, and relying on my own sheer will. Tricking myself mentally is what kept me focused. I took off my watch and said to myself: "No more will I worry about the time, I determine time now."

What happened to your plane once your trip was finished?

I’ve used it to fly 600 kids around the U.S.

What did your family and friends think of your expedition?

Crazy, daring, perplexed, scared... now they are glad to know I’m a Guinness World Record Holder!

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to provide a teaching experience like no other from a flying classroom, 40,000 feet in the air, helping kids explore math and science.


Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Guinness World Records
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Guinness World Records (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781904994671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904994671
  • ASIN: 1904994679
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, colorful, 9-year-old loves it! October 22, 2011
By LauraG
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When I was growing up most people considered the Guinness Book of World Records as a reference book. If that's what you are looking for, look elsewhere. This book is intended as entertainment. It is colorful, picture-filled and fun to read. My 9-year-old son absolutely loves this series and has collected all the previous editions going back to 2004.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great! November 10, 2011
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i've been an enthusiast of the guiness book of world records since i was VERY young. i used to spend countless hours perusing the annual records books - memorizing often useless details. it turned out that, over the decades, many of those details have been useful, especially at parties and social gatherings. several times the information has been useful in academic settings. imagine how thrilled i was when my children both expressed an interest in the guiness book of world records. the format changed some years ago - it's much easier to read, page through, perhaps it has a few less records but it has bigger, brighter, and more photogenic images that grab the attention of kids! year after year, it's not significantly different. most of us can go 2-3 years without a new volume. the quality of the information, images, and the books itself is outstanding. this book, this year, is my effort to encourage my son to read a bit more. i give everything a grade, and i believe that this merits a solid "A". i believe that the guiness book of world records is excellent in detail and quality, and ought to be considered essential to public libraries, school libraries, and homes of individuals with an interest in "trivia".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer the old format June 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been buying the Guinness Book Of Records for several years and I have found it is always well organized and displayed. That is until now, the book seems to be difficult to find the tallest man, the fattest woman, the longest bridge. Sure, I found it in the end but I wish the old format would return.
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56 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very well organized September 16, 2011
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When the GBWR was first published it was designed to help people settle wagers. It was well organized by topic and you could find something quickly. The versions the last couple of years have traded glitziness for utility. They are useless as a reference book. They do not even attempt to cover all the the GWRs. They are barely useful as a table top conversation piece. I shall not buy another edition again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here it is! December 12, 2011
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Well, here it is. The 2012 version of the Guinness Book of Records. Much of this is silly and baroque. Still, so much fun!

The very first record in this volume? The largest object lifted by helium balloons (in this case, a house). The last? The most layered bed-of nails sandwich (difficult to explain, but a little different!).

In between are myriad records, many of which are of little moment (such as most wins of the mashed potato wrestling championships). Others: Greatest distance pushing a mini scooter; Most times climbing to Mount Everest's summit; First wedding conducted by a robot; Busiest railroad station; Most expensive bridge; Longest running children's magazine; Longest serving TV host; Most wins in a WNBA season.

So, are you interested in world records of a particular sort? Then this book will be enjoyable reading for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My children enjoyed reading the book (young teenager and under 11). It has nice picture and is more of a coffee table book than a dictionary style book that I remembered. I'm not sure if there is another book out there that is more Webster Thesaurus style with indexed records and paperback size, but would like one if it exists.

It also seemed like there were a lot of 'World Records" missing in this version. again, its a rather large book with lots of pictures, but lacking the informational substance or number of records that I'm sure are out there and not listed in this book.

Pretty book, but disappointing - style over substance.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Dreams and laughter are built with the "Guinness World Records." I know. I grew up dreaming to be included, to have accomplished some astonishing stunt or to have achieved an incredible level of physical prowess. And I laughed at the ridiculous obsessions of some of those who made it.

I'm not in it. I tried a few times with some community events in which the most people to do certain things all at once. Inevitably, we would have far too few participants to impress the editors at "Guinness World Records." It was wonderful to try.

Now, the internet satisfies a lot of my curiosities about the bizarre things people do, but the value of this book remains: to serendipitously discover the amazing people in this world. Real people do these things, and are verified by the book's staff.

Every dentist office, auto fix-it shop, and home coffee table needs a copy of this. Readers won't mind waiting quite as much.

--Brockeim
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book and Great Conversational Piece November 28, 2011
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Great book, great binding. It's the same thing that you've come to expect from GWB of Records. I usually get a new one every few years. A lot of this info is available on the internet but when I have people over at my house, they almost always pick it up and take a look at it. It really is a great conversational book/coffee table book and you won't be disappointed.
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More About the Author

Guinness World Records (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievements.

First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records™ book has become one of the biggest-selling copyright titles of all time, selling 120 million copies to date in 22 languages and in more than 100 countries.

The internationally renowned brand is now also available across a number of platforms - GWR's global television shows are watched by 250 million viewers annually; digital media and online record-processing services attract more than 50 million visitors a year; and the live events team annually entertains and inspires 1.5 million people around the world.

GWR receives more than 1,000 applications each week and has a specialized team of multi-language record managers and adjudicators who travel the globe to verify official record attempts.

GWR also has a commercial division (Guinness World Records Corporate) that offers accessible record-breaking business solutions to other organizations and brands.

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