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The author of this book review takes the opportunity to make a masonic aside:
Edited by Craig Glenday
Guinness World Records 2009.
Guinness World Records Limited. 30 x 22.2 x 2.2 cm
ANNUS RIDICULUS: Speaking of records, "Guinness World Records 2009" is still hanging on at No. 4 on the hardcover miscellaneous list. Um, has anyone noticed it comes with 3-D glasses? If a quivering image of the world's tallest dog (Gibson, a three-and-a-half-foot harlequin Great Dane) gives you motion sickness, rest your eyes on the soothing Garamond of the 2009 "Schott's Miscellany." The latest volume of farrago from the London-based Ben Schott contains some book-related entries, including the winner of this year's Bulwer-Lytton contest for the worst opening line, credited to one Garrison Spik: "Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped 'Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J.' " But I was more interested in an entry on Masonic handshakes (the Ma-Ha-Bone, anyone?) and the list of most-hated holiday music, headed up by Cartman's "O Holy Night" and those dogs barking "Jingle Bells."

"Inside the List", Jennifer Schuessler. New York Times Book Reviews December 28, 2008. A version of this article appeared in print on December 28, 2008, on page BR18 of the New York edition.


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