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Fascinating, as ever,
This review is from: Guinness World Records 2006 (Hardcover)
It must be getting increasingly harder for those wonderful people at Guinness to churn out the goods each year, especially following their 50th anniversary edition for 2005. I am delighted to say, however, that this year's paving slab of facts, figures and photos is just as absorbing as its predecessors.
Stuffed into this 2006 edition are the usual hundreds of new records and pictures, most of which are inspiring and interesting (though perhaps not "Most hot dogs eaten in three minutes", etc). Also featured here are numerous small interviews with record holders, and I am pleased to see that this trait has been continued from the previous edition as it provides a little variety to the endless lists of records packed onto every page. Not that the titanic amount of information included in this book is a bad thing, of course; Guinness have clearly attempted to outdo themselves by creating even more new record categories, such as digital music, and an extended sports reference section at the back, always worthy of worship from an avid sports fan like myself.
Another welcome addition to this year's book is that we are informed of whether a certain record is new or has been recently broken, by means of red and yellow stars beside these records respectively. Again, this is an interesting way to ensure that record fans will continue to buy these fantastic books, instead of tiring with the customary record-listing format. The final new aspects to this edition are the larger than life pull-out sections dedicated to pets, colossal structures, the X-Games, body modification... all of which are particularly informative as, for example, many of the world's smallest pets are pictured at actual size!
In short, Guinness World Records 2006 is an amazing mine of information for fans of the world in general and its people.