For the 21st time in as many years, this year’s Christmas gifts haven’t even gotten close to the excitement that came with the holographic bright green front cover of the 2002 Guinness Book Of World Records.

While mum nearly got close a few years ago with a gift voucher for the Australian Geographic store in the local Westfield, there simply hasn’t been a gift quite as received as the great book was before anyone had google inside their pocket.

However, one thing that google can’t provide is the unasked-for information that notifies the world about all of the many different obscure and sometimes creepy world records that exist out there, particularly the weird ones like most amount of people jumping at the same KFC at the same time.

Now in its 64th year of publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages. The international franchise has extended beyond print to include television series and museums. The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and verification of a huge number of world records; the organisation employs official record adjudicators authorised to verify the authenticity of the setting and breaking of records.

It is believed that since the publication of the 2002 volume, the closest thing one could get for Christmas is one of those massive coffee table books that teach you the craft of magic tricks.

That, or a CD of Tony Hawk Pro Skater Underground.


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