Jeison Orlando Rodriguez Hernandez, 20, of Venezuela has made it into the 2016 Guinness World Records book for having the largest feet on a living person. His feet measure about 1 ft. 4 inches, and he wears a size 26 shoe. (Gil Montano/Guinness World Records)
Once just dusty tomes inexplicably filed in the reference sections of school libraries — and pored over by kids who wanted another look at the world’s tallest man or the world’s fattest twins – Guinness World Records seems to grow more sophisticated by the year. After all, the number of records it tracks is more than 40,000 and counting. And its 2016 edition, just released, seems bigger and better than ever before.
If not record-breaking.
“The Guinness World Records 2016 book keeps readers up to date and in the know about the best and brightest in science, sports, entertainment, animals, human achievement and more,” Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said in a press release. “By providing a mix of the newest, most amazing records and a splash of the classic titles that readers know and love, the 2016 edition is a great cross-section of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.”
Though the book is, in some ways, a freak show – there is an entry for world’s largest feet and world’s largest hot-dog cart – it’s, well, not just a freak show. It’s history.
“Guinness World Records documents and holds records for record-breaking WORLD achievements,” according to its Web site. “World records are a serious business and to ensure we maintain the high standards we have strict policies governing what makes a world record.”
Those interested in record-breaking for apply here. For those who wish to remain on the sidelines, here’s a look at the latest and greatest:
Fastest tortoise: Bertie, who resides in the United Kingdom, clocked a speed of 0.92 feet per second on a specially designed racetrack. (Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records) Most teeth in mouth: Vijay Kumar V.A., 27, from Bangalore, India. Kumar has 37 teeth, five more than most people. (Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World) The world’s largest hot-dog cart was created by Marcus “Hot Dog Man” Daily of Missouri. (Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records) Tallest living married couple: Sun Mingming, 33, and his wife, Xu Yan, 29, from China. He is about 7 ft. 9 inches; she is about 6 ft. 2 inches. (Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records) Acharya Makunuri Srinivasa, 56, from Nizamabad, India, has the record for the longest ballpoint pen: 18 feet long. (Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records) Andre Ortolf, 21, from Augsburg, Germany, ran the world’s fastest 100 meters in clogs at 16.27 seconds and the fastest 100 meters wearing ski boots at 17.65 seconds. He is versatile, getting the record for farthest distance to blow a pea: more than 24 feet. (Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records) Longest fur on a rabbit: Franchesca, a 2-year-old Angora rabbit from California. (James Ellerker/Guinness World Records) Most BMX time machines in one minute: Takahiro Ikeda, 21, from Tokyo. A time machine is a trick that “involves standing on a bike and spining it through 360 degrees.” He managed 83. (Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records) Most balls caught by a dog with the paws in one minute: Purin, a 9 year-old female beagle from Tokyo. She managed 14. (Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World Records) Largest horn spread on a domestic living steer: Big Red 907, a Texas Longhorn belonging to El Coyote Ranch in Texas. (Guinness World Records) The world’s largest cowboy boot sculpture was created by Bob Wade, 72, of Texas. They are about 135 feet tall. (Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records)