March 30, 2011

Beyond the Shelf - Bookish records

Who hasn't heard about the Guinness World Records? But have you also heard about some seriously awesome records regarding books?

Here are just some bookish records:

The smallest ever printed book measures 0.9 x 0.9 mm and is an edition of 'Chameleon' by the Russian author Anton Chekhov. The book was made and published by Anatoliy Konenko, of Omsk, Siberia, Russia in 1996. Each book consists of 30 pages, has three color illustrations and 11 lines of text to a page.

Bertha Wood (UK; b. 20 June 1905) had her first book, Fresh Air and Fun: The Story of a Blackpool Holiday Camp published on her 100th birthday on 20 June 2005.

The thickest published book measures 322 mm (12.67 in) in width and was unveiled by HarperCollins in London, UK, on 20 May 2009. All Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories - 12 novels and 20 short stories - are collected and published in this volume.

The world´s largest fine for an overdue library book is $345.14 (£203.29), the amount owed at two cents a day for the poetry book Days and Deeds checked out of Kewanee Public Library, Illinois, USA in April 1955 by Emily Canellos-Simms. Although the book was due back 19 April 1955, Emily found it in her mother´s house 47 years later and presented the library with a check for overdue fines.

The most languages into which the same book has been translated is The Way to Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard (USA), which can be read in 70 languages as of 2010, including Hindi, Samoa and Uzbek.

And now, how about setting your own record?
You could try to climb 123 stairs in a minute whilst balancing a book on your head (record stands at 122 stairs) or you might want to write a book with a real long title (just keep in mind that the longest is 1,086 words long).
For more inspirations just head on over to the Guinness World Records site.

1 comment:

  1. I very much enjoy knowing the largest amount for a library fine. It makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the one holding that record. :)