This selection of facts and figures throws a curious light on the world around us. Over 800 lists present the record-breakers in every area of the natural world and human achievement, from astronomy and the environment to sport and popular culture. Revised and updated annually, this selection is redesigned with 400 new photographs and illustrations, and answers questions from a vast array of fascinating topics: which films have won the most Oscars? What is the earliest word in the dictionary? Who are the 10 highest earning sportsmen in the world? Which are the most intelligent mammals? What were the top 10 singles of the 1950s? It provides an intriguing mix of hard facts, tales, and trivia.