Take the 'Guinness World Records 2009' pop-culture quiz!

GuinessbookWho doesn’t marvel at the Guinness World Records? It’s imperative to know about the world’s shortest mobile living man (China’s Pingping, a restaurant owner who’s only 2ft 5.4 inches), priciest hamburger (the $120 foie gras-filled Double Truffle Burger at the db Bistro Moderne in NYC), and youngest lion tamer (he was five when he started!). Or that American Dennis Avner broke the record for “greatest number of surgical procedures undergone to look like an animal” by braving the doctor’s knife 14 different times in order to resemble a cat. That said, I bet that if Footlights writer Jason Clark and I put our minds (and teeth) to it, we could smash the record for most Maltesers thrown and then caught in a mouth in a minute. It’s only 19! Wimps, I say!

But the massive, obnoxiously green, super shiny, and totally addictive 2009 Guinness Book is also a smorgasbord of pop-culture milestones and records that might stump (or at least surprise) even the most avid EW.com reader. Just try to guess these and then tell us how you did.

1. First film to feature an entirely computer-generated character.
2. Most lucrative filmmaking partnership between an actor and director.
3. First U.S. female to write or co-write every track on a million-selling debut album (hint: It’s not Mariah).
4. First high-definition film to be successfully pirated and downloaded online. 
5. Show with the largest TV audience ever.
6. The most popular TV show according to public vote.
7. The most-watched current TV show.
8. The first in-flight movie.
9. The highest paid television cast.
10. Shortest music concert ever.
11. Longest-running monthly comic book.
12. The highest-grossing film actor. 
13. Actor with the most recorded sword fights in a movie career.
14. Most Oscar-nominated living person.
15. Country that downloads the most singles.
16. Most character voices by an individual actor on a single audiobook.

Answers after the jump! 

1. First film to feature an entirely computer generated character. Barry Levinson’s Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).
2. Most lucrative filmmaking partnership between an actor and director. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton (Their six films together to date have grossed $986.89 million).
3. First U.S. female to write or co-write every track on a million-selling debut album (hint: It’s not Mariah). Taylor Swift.
4. First high-definition film to be successfully pirated and downloaded online. Serenity.
5. Show with the largest TV audience ever. Baywatch, which at its peak had an estimated weekly audience of over 1.1 billion.
6. The most popular TV show according to public vote. House.
7. The most-watched current TV show. American Idol.
8. The first in-flight movie. 1925’s The Lost World (shown on a flight from London to Paris that April).
9. The highest paid television cast. The cast of the The Sopranos.
10. Shortest music concert ever. The White Stripes in Newfoundland, Canada on July 16, 2007. They played one note.
11. Longest-running monthly comic book. DC Comic’s Detective Comics, which has been in print since 1937.
12. The highest grossing film actor. Samuel L. Jackson. (Add the Star Wars prequels to Jurassic Park, subtract Amos & Andrew and you’re still halfway there).  
13. Actor with the most recorded sword fights in a movie career. Lord of the Rings’ Christopher Lee.
14. Most Oscar-nominated living person. Composer John Williams.
15. Country that downloads the most singles. The U.S.
16. Most character voices by an individual actor on a single audiobook. A tie between Stephen Fry and Jim Dale for the 146 different players in UK and US version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, respectively.   

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  • Chris G

    Wow i got one right (#2), I suck.

  • el

    I only got one. Good thing I’m a John Williams fan.

  • Jay

    Only 3 right, Johnny & Tim, Billion dollar man Samuel and #15. And I thought I knew everything…

  • Winona

    I also got only one right, and even that was half-right (I guessed Jim Dale for the HP audiobooks) – sadly, I’m working in a library’s tech services department and the book is on a cart in my co-worker’s cubicle. Even by osmosis, I sucked royally. Now I shall crack it open!

  • Perry Lucas

    I loved reading the Guinness Book of Records when I was a child. I always used to purchase the paperback edition and marvel over the facts. Always felt sorry for Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man.

  • jaime

    Woohoo i got 2 right…American Idol and Taylor Swift! I love reading that book. . .its so interesting!

  • Kristen

    I didn’t get any of them :(. I really thought #2 was Lauryn Hill. Never would have gotten #12 in a million years, I thought it was Tom Hanks.

  • Parag

    The Lord of the Rings movies have grossed over $1 Billion (US Box office only). Wouldn’t that make Peter Jackson and any of the LOTR actors the most lucrative filmmaking parternship between actor and director?

  • Shasta

    I haven’t watched Young Sherlock Holmes in years, probably since I was a kid. But that computer-generated stained glass window knight was totally creepy.

  • Martha

    I got #2 and #15 right. Oops. Guess I’m a pop-culture dunce. I had a love/hate relationship with the Guiness book growing up: on the one hand it had all these cool accomplishments, on the other the world’s longest fingernails. Which were creepy and disgusting.

  • Jane

    That’s interesting about #12 – I would’ve said either Harrison Ford (Indy + Star Wars) or Hugo Weaving (The Matrix trilogy + The LOTR Trilogy) would be on top. Maybe they’re 2nd and 3rd.

  • Anna

    I thought #12 was Harrison Ford though I knew Samuel L. Jackson was very close to passing him about a year or so ago. He makes so many movies that it had to happen at some point. I did get #15. The rest completely threw me though some were obvious in retrospect.

  • tori

    wait how is #3 Taylor Swift? didn’t Fiona Apple do that 12 years ago with Tidal?

  • Anonymous

    Tori, I thought that to. We should so write the Guinness people.

  • Alex

    “wait how is #3 Taylor Swift? didn’t Fiona Apple do that 12 years ago with Tidal?”
    yeah, and Gwen Stefani three years ago with LAMB (if you count her first solo album as her debut)

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