LONDON — The 35th edition of the Guinness Book of World Records says the world's fastest spider sprints at 10 m.p.h. and that the biggest snowman was built in Alaska. But the book does not settle which is longer, the Amazon or the Nile.
The 1989 edition, which will be released today, contains 15,000 records, 3,000 of them new.
Guinness, a British brewery, published its first Book of World Records in 1955 for use as the final arbiter in arguments in Britain and Ireland's 84,000 pubs. Since then, it has monitored, authenticated and logged more than 140,000 records.
Global sales of the book will surpass 60 million in 31 languages this year, earning Guinness its own place in Chapter Six, as the best-selling copyright book in publishing history, excluding the Bible.
This year's 310-page edition says the tallest living woman is Borneo's Mulia, born in 1956, who is 7-feet-7 3/4 inches tall, 170 pounds and growing.