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Tuesday, November 22, 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


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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(Arizona Daily Wildcat) (U-WIRE) TUCSON, Ariz. -- "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder," said Gauri Pathak, Miss India Arizona 2005, as she and other panelists discussed how beauty is perceived differently for various races and cultures.

Theta Nu Xi, a multicultural sorority at the University of Arizona, hosted a forum titled "Beauty in Popular Culture" on Thursday night to explore how the perception of beauty varies for women and men in different races, greek organizations, religions, backgrounds and lifestyles.

The panel comprised Pathak; Erin Cohen, Panhellenic Council president; and Danielle Abram, treasurer of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, who answered questions about how beauty is perceived in the groups they belong to and whether they agree with the stereotypes that result from such perceptions.

Each panelist discussed how beauty is defined and how those definitions can lead some women to have poor ideas of their self-image.

The stereotype of a "sorority woman," Cohen said, is someone who is "tall, tan, blonde and fit."

Cohen, a psychology senior, said she hopes people can look beyond that stereotype and see that most sorority women don't necessarily fit the mold.

Abram, a microbiology senior, said in her community black women are considered beautiful by other men if they are more "thick," or have "something to grab onto."

The women blamed the harsh stereotypes and standards of beauty on the competitiveness of women, who have the idea that they need to be and look better than everyone else to "fit in" and be welcomed into a group.

Theta Nu Xi President Amanda Droopad, who fielded questions to the panelists and audience, asked if they thought the new Dove skin care campaign showing average women in their underwear helped women feel better about themselves.

Cohen, who admitted she would buy the Dove products after seeing commercials of more natural-looking women, said others might still buy products like a Victoria's Secret bra because they think they might look like their models if they wear their products.

"I know that if I buy a Victoria's Secret Angel bra, I won't wake up and look like them in the morning," Cohen said. "But I feel like some people think they might."

Pathak, a public health senior, said she thinks the pressure is so strong to be considered beautiful and "perfect" that many women have to make themselves more beautiful, but that it should only be OK in special situations.

"Plastic surgery is only OK for a few reasons, and one of them is breast cancer," Pathak said.

The panel didn't come up with a solution to making women feel better about themselves in their own skin, but suggested "if you love yourself, other people will love you," Cohen said.

Droopad, a management senior, asked what classifications of beauty overlap in all of the cultures and groups, and Abram said everyone agrees that "it's what's inside that makes you beautiful no matter what group you are in."

Francesca Fabozzi, an undeclared freshman, said she eventually grew out of thinking all women should look like Barbie dolls until she came to the university.

"I grew up knowing women don't look like Barbie dolls, and then I moved from New York to Arizona, and everyone does look like Barbie dolls," Fabozzi said.

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