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Monday, December 12, 2005

Byline: By Samantha Booth

THE world has changed a lot since the first edition of the Guinness Book Of Records was published back in 1955.

And the 2006 edition of the best-selling book - launched yesterday - reflects the trends and scientific advances of the modern world, alongside the traditional records relating to size, speed and stamina.

Here are some of the best new entries. Most plastic surgery:American Cindy Jackson has spent pounds 53,148 on 47 cosmetic ops since 1988.

Oldest woman to fly in zero gravity: Dorothy Simpson, from America, aged 79 years 237 days.

Longest surviving triple heart-bypass patient:Brit Richard Smith had the op in February 1978and lived for another 26years93 days.

Driving to the highest altitude: A Volkswagen Toureg SUV was driven to an altitude of 19,950ft on the slopes of a volcano on the Chile-Argentinian border.

Most casinos played in 24 hours: In March 2004,British brothers Martin and David Lawrance visited 55 in 24 hours in Las Vegas.

Most expensive omelette: The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata at Norma's restaurant in Le Parker Meridien Hotel, New York, costs $1000 (pounds 530) Most popular cosmetic procedure:Botox.It accounted for 14.73 per cent of all aesthetic plastic surgeries in 2003.

Most gender reassignment surgery: Fulvia Celica Siguas Sandoval of Peru has had 64 ops to complete his sex change.

Bras unhooked in a minute: Brit Chris Nicholson unhooked 20,using onehand Largest mobile phone: It measures 6.7 ft x 2.7ft x1.5ft and is fully functional Mostdurablemobilephone number:David Conorno, from America,hasownedandused the samenumber since August 1985Largest online community: Sony PlayStation2 hadmore than 1.4 million registered online users in August 2004Largest speeding fine: Jussi Salonja,of Finland,was fined pounds 116,000 in February2004 for doing50mph in a25mph zone.

Largest criminal DNA database: The UK's database contained 2,527,728 profiles in March 2004Smallest mammalused to detect land mines:AGambian giant pouch rat measuring76cm long,including the tail.

Most digital artists on a film: Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow had 320 visual effects artists working on it.

Most expensive TV advert:Baz Luhrmann's four-minute ad for Chanel No.5 perfume,starring Nicole Kidman,costpounds 18 million to make in 2004.

Biggest-selling download single in a week: Dogz Don't Kill People Wabbits Do by Mouldy Looking Stain sold more than 7000 in the UK in a week in October 2004.

Biggest-selling download single in the UK:Amarillo,by Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay,has sold 57,804 downloads to date.

Fastest 100 metres on a spacehopper: Ashrita Furman did the distance in 30.2 seconds.

Balloon dog made behind the back:Brit Craig Keith managed the feat in just 9.26 seconds last year.

Heaviest weight lifted with tongue: Brit Thomas Blackthorne lifted 24lb 3oz.

Most expensive ice-cream sundae:the Serendipity Golden Sundae from Serendipity restaurants in New York cost $1000 (pounds 530) in 2004.

Most crisp packets: Bernd Sikora, from Germany, owns 1482 from 43 countries

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LONG AND SHORT OF IT: Xi; Shun, 53, listed as the tallest man, and Kiran Shah, 52, the smallest stuntman, at the launch of the book outside the Houses of Parliament

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