Friday, March 30, 2007

Big week for Guinness Book inductees

A couple of Guinness Book-related items resonate for the trivia hound this week in the news.

First we have the saga of Robert "Runningman" Garson, a Briton who has become the first verified person to run around the world. It took 6 years to do and apparently 4 to verify. One of his alibis is his wife, who he met in Venezuela. I think that's her in the lower right-hand corner of this Highly Accurate Artist's Rendering. I wouldn't mind being the umpteenth person to amble around the world, taking frequent stops for tea, beer and sandwiches.

Happy news also for the world's tallest man, Inner Mongolia resident and herdsman Bao Xishun, who wed a woman more than two feet shorter than him. Write your own punchline. Bao had a worldwide search for an appropriate mate and ended up with a hometown gal half his age. I believe the movie version will star Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

Bao's previous recent foray into the news was - and I swear this is true, you can't make this up - saving two dolphins with his incredibly long arms. Really. Who needs fiction?

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