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What types of information does the "Guinness Book of World Records" contain?

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The “Guinness Book of World Records” contains world records that have been set or broken in the categories of Animals, the Human Body, Speed, Size, Sports and Strength, Amazing Eats, Gamers, Challengers, Mass Participation and the Extra Ordinary. A new Guinness Book of World Records is released each year.

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The Animal category contains world records that have been broken by animals; for example, as of 2015, the world’s tallest dog is a Great Dane, whose height is 44 inches. The Human Body category contains records such as “longest moustache,” which belongs to record holder Ram Singh Chauhan for a 14 foot long moustache. The Speed category contains records such as “Most Christmas trees chopped in two minutes,” which was awarded to Erin Lavoie, who chopped down 27 trees in that time span.

In the Size category, “heaviest limousine” was awarded for a limousine that weighs 50,560 pounds. An example of a record from the Extra Ordinary category is the one awarded to Andrew Stanton for passing an 11-foot, 10.91-inch coil through his nose and out of his mouth. All of these records are current as of August of 2015. The world record is often awarded for esoteric or unusual feats that have never previously been attempted.

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