Nine days ago, Austrian skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner set a record for one of the highest jumps ever recorded. “Fearless Felix” jumped from a height of about 128,100 feet, which is about 128,096 feet higher than I’d ever like to go. (Wow. I wonder what that felt like as he was plummeting downward?)
This jump is definitely Guinness-Book-Of-Records-2013-worthy. It got me to thinking: Are there any similar records that have been created in regard to the literary world? So for your entertainment today, I assembled some fun facts related to books and writing. Enjoy!
Smallest reproduction of a printed book: Teeny Ted From Turnip Town by Canadian author Malcolm Douglas Chaplin. It measures 70 x 100 micrometers. (You need WAY more than reading glasses for this one.)
Oldest printing business: Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, England. It’s been publishing since the 1500s. (Thank you, Henry VIII.)
Shortest English-language word with all 5 vowels: Eunoia. It means “beautiful thinking” and describes a normal mental state.
Largest book: The 1,460-page stone book at Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Myanmar. Each page is a stone tablet measuring about 5 feet tall, 3 1/2 feet wide and 5 inches thick. The book was commissioned by King Mindon in 1860 and took until 1868 to complete.
Longest book: In The Realms Of The Unreal by American author Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. It has 15,145 pages. (And I thought I had trouble getting through Vanity Fair?)
Most expensive book sold at auction: the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci. It sold for $30.8 million to Bill Gates of Microsoft.
Sources: luxpresso.com, omg-facts.com, guinnessworldrecords.com, wikipedia.com