The most frequently stolen literary work from American public libraries is THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS. After leafing through the latest edition I can state with some confidence that the record holders are most often... bizarre. Also, interesting, imaginative, and in some cases pathological. Records run the gambit from silly to sillier.
Epic endeavors such as the 'Deepest Scuba Dive by a Dog' or 'Walking Backwards to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro' may seem, well, nonsensical. How 'bout being the owner of this title - 'Longest Ear Hair?' ( Would you wear that logo on your t- shirt?) Speaking of t-shirts, a guy set a record by wearing 227 at once. I think that the contortionist who can fit through a tennis racket might be fun to have lunch with, but I'll keep my distance from the guy who can hold 8 rattlesnakes in his mouth. I will admit that I'd like to see the woman who ran the fastest 100 meter hurdles wearing swim fins and the gentleman who balanced a Mini car on his head. Does one keep the largest collection of air sick bags (5180 from 1003 different airlines) in his living room curio cabinet?
If you'd like to be a Guinness record holder, you can register on-line. Guinness receives 1,000 record claims each week. Trained adjudicators will attend your attempt, and if you successfully complete whatever weird thing you do, voila! There seems to be an endless quest for exciting new records...Will you have a go at one?
Oh, I gotta remember to return this book. Tee Hee.