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Product Details

  • Series: Guinness World Records
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358636X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586367
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,562,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world?s bestselling authority on astonishing facts and unparalleled human achievements--completely revised and updated for 2003!

From the world?s fastest speed skater to the world?s fastest snail, the most coffee consumed to the longest strand of pasta--418 feet--Guinness World Records? is the most complete, authoritative, and exciting guide to every record, statistic, and feat of human endeavor and natural wonder imaginable. And it?s packed with exciting photos to back them up!

? The world?s longest kiss took place in New York City, lasting a Guinness World Record 30 hours, 59 minutes, and 27 seconds.

? Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courteney Cox Arquette, the female leads in NBC?s Friends, earned a whopping Guinness World Record $1 million each per episode of the 2002 season.

? The most expensive house sale to date goes to a Hong Kong businessman who collected a staggering Guinness World Record $101,909,312 for his home.

And that?s only the beginning! Dive into the awe-inspiring, newly expanded Guinness World Records? 2003 and discover a feast of fascinating facts. Animal, vegetable, or mineral--if it?s occurred and been recorded, you?ll find it here.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "qwerty8888" on November 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
yupe, i agree that the paper of the Guinness 2003 has better quality and the color is much better. but in term of the records, it seem like Guinness Editor take out some of the part of the records such as in Guinness 2002 (Fame and Money). And Information for the "building and Structure" seem LACK of information comparable to Guinness 2002...
i would said that this year Guinness 2003 is NOT RECOMMENDED to own it... it's wasted of money...
here, i hope that the editor of Guinness would take this as review for the next edition (2004)...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Aaron on October 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have always liked the Guinness series...to see what new records have been made. Now, though, with this 2003 edition, the pictures are even better, and the kind of record attempts are much more varied. Great new medical technology, as well as other revolutionary findings are revealed in this book. There's so much interesting information...you will read it many times over, to be sure!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jedidiah Palosaari VINE VOICE on December 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I grew up on the Guinness Book of World Records, and loved it. I'd devour each new edition, from cover to cover. I love facts and inane trivia, and the Guinness Book was made for people like me. The "Guinness World Records"- what these books have become- is not the same book. It is mostly pictures, and filled with obscure records like how many straws one can fit in a mouth. I am interested in records like the earliest dinosaur or the largest construction project- not records that are there only because someone wanted to have a record and fame, and have no other practical purpose. I give it two stars because some of these old records- the kind that really matter- are still present. But the new format of the book seems to be so filled with pictures that there is no room for many important records, and hence much is missing. What is present seemed to be editorialized, supporting the West in it's "war" on terrorism in many sections, showing only those aspects that support America and Britain, ignoring their faults or any mention of 9/11. Whether or not this is laudable, it is inappropriate in a completely factual text. There is now an entire section devoted to the military, as opposed to the military being a subsection of the human world in the 2001 and 1998 editions- back when the pictures were black and white and the book was full of records. Even since the 2001 edition (also pictoralized) the Table of Contents has become more cursory- you have to look in the Index to find any group of records beyond the broadest. Now, when I want to find a record, I go back to 1998, as I still have that copy. If I want to see pretty pictures and the occasional updated record, I'll look at this new edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Garry on November 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In 2001 this book was sold to the Henson Entertainment Group. Their target market is the 8 to 13-year olds, and that's exactly where this book seems to be aimed. One can argue forever about the records that should or should not be included, but the book has gone tragically downmarket in its attempt to appeal to prepubescent boys. 'Hard-core' records are dumped in favour of pictures of half-dressed young things from pop shows. I'm as happy to look at a young belly-button as the next middle-aged man; but not here, please.
In the 1996 edition there were six records about dams, and an interesting table ranking the world's greatest disasters. I can't find 'dam' in the current edition's index, and there is no mention of the great plague or influenza epidemic.
... A fine book for any male who has not experienced pubic hair, but not for the rest of the planet looking for authoritative information about meaningful achievements. No, Guinness, I do not regard accumulation of belly-button lint as a meaningful accomplishment. They should leave this stuff to Ripley's, who do it much better, without the pretence of claiming to be a serious work of reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "rsuello" on June 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i've been a regular Guinness reader. i bought my first book last 1990 (1990 edition) and been buying every edition since then. i disagree with the notion that the later editions were getting "bland" or "stale". maybe because everyone is expecting new fan-favorite records being broken in every edition which won't happen anytime soon (tallest human, heaviest man, etc.)... i like the way the editions are being arranged. it's actually keeping up with the modern way of presenting materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The 2003 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records is definitely one for the internet-surfing age. It has pieces of information is byte-sized and bright-coloured boxes -- one almost wants to click on the pages of the book. Unlike older versions of this book from days of yore, it is not a 'dictionary' of facts. This is printed on glossy, full-colour process paper and inks, full-colour and fascinating photographs on every page, both as highlighted items as well as background/'desktop' images.
Unique to this edition is an introduction that has 'the best of the best', records that are new and include everything from top-grossing animated films (which has, ironically, been surpassed since the printing), and what had to have been a last minute edit regarding Britain's Queen Mother, as the oldest royal.
There is a brief section up front on how to set your own record, as well as what it takes to document the setting or breaking of a record. Also included here is some criteria for what makes the cut in the print edition of the record book -- be warned, just as this is not the dictionary-variety edition of old, it is also not encyclopedic. It is a selection of records, but not the complete record. More records are kept on file, and plans are that different records are to be published each year; other records may be accessed online.
This book starts with the main section on Human Achievement -- this is a nod of honour and recognition to those who set records during the 9-11 disaster; not all records are happy ones (as in, greatest number of firefighters lost during a single incident).
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