Who is the world's tallest man?  That would be Sultan Kösen of Turkey who stands at 8 feet 3 inches tall.  Wow!  How about the oldest person?  Jeanne Louise Calment of France died in 1997 at the ripe old age of 122 years 164 days.  That would be a lot of birthday candles!  Who is the first author to ever become a billionaire?  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.  Which athlete has won the most Olympic gold medals?  Swimmer Michael Phelps has won a whopping total of 14 gold medals!  How big is the world's largest whoopee cushion?  Would you believe 10 feet in diameter?  These are just a few of the fun facts that can be found in the Guinness World Records 2012 edition.

If you're a fan of Guinness World Records, here are a few other books you might enjoy:

Ripley's Believe It or Not: Enter If You Dare! by Geoff Tibballs

Ultimate Weird But True (a National Geographic Kids book)

The Top 10 of Everything

The Factastic Book of 1001 Lists by Russell Ash

Pick Me Up: Stuff You Need to Know

So if Guinness World Records is checked out the next time you look for it at the library, give one of these other books a try.  You won't regret it!