Not many people know it, but the brewers of Guinness stout also brew books. The fourth edition of The Guinness Book of Records, a Matter-horn of minutiae, is now on sale. Started as a promotion for Guinness and as a means of settling barroom arguments, the book has sold 500,000 copies to people who want to identify the "largest, oldest, smallest, richest, heaviest, fastest, deepest, tallest, longest, loudest, highest, slowest, mostest" of anything, e.g.:
?The smallest full-grown fish ever caught was a Schindleria praematurus in Samoa. It weighed 1/14,000 of an ounce.
?The shortest prizefight ever recorded took 10� seconds (including a full count of 10), when Al Couture struck Ralph Watson "while the latter was adjusting a gum shield in his corner."
?The lowest golf course in the world is the Sodom and Gomorrah Golfing Society at Kallia on the Dead Sea, 1,250 feet below sea level.
?A snail's pace is .000361 mph. to .03125 mph.
?A flea in California jumped 13 inches in 1910. High jump record is 7 inches.
?The most brainless animal in history was the Stegosaurus. It weighed six tons, but its brain was only 2� ounces and "it was probably only dimly aware it was alive."
A fellow who cannot make money with this book does not know how to handle himself in a bar.
THE 3:20 MILER OF 1970
Percy Cerutty, the highly vocal and highly talented Australian track coach, thinks that someone someday will run the mile in 3:20. Furthermore, says Cerutty, he may have the someone in hand. Cerutty's choice: 9-year-old Ivor Caudle of Adelaide, Australia.