Guinness World Records 2011 is the 56th official guide to all things weird, and it makes a dirt-cheap gift–while still being undeniably cool–for the younger people in your life. Oh, who are you kidding? You know you love reading about the man with the 3-inch-wide tongue; or the crazy cat lady, who collects Mickey Mouse memorabilia instead of actual cats; or the 24-foot long snake that you know would just as soon crush you as to eat you.

Guinness World Records has been bringing the world a vast array of strange but true facts since 1955, and in that time it has managed to sell more than 100 million copies in several different countries. And why shouldn’t it have international appeal? After all, it takes its name seriously. Record holders are found literally all over the world because it doesn’t matter where you live or what your belief system is: most people want their 15 minutes. As for the rest of us, we just like reading about it.

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