You can use Google as a big factbook to find out everything about anything – including the world's extremes. I call it the Google Book of World Records. To collect records, just search for "the world's highest mountain is ..." and similar phrases. Here are some of the results, false or true!

The highest mountain in the world: Mount Everest. Also, depending on how you measure: McKinley, Mauna Key.

The smallest animal in the world: An amoeba.

The ugliest animal: An ignorant human. Also: a giant stick insect.

The richest country in the world: Norway. Also available: Luxembourg.

The largest book in the world: A book located in a religious building in Mandalay, Burma (near the Golden Duck Chinese restaurant).

The fastest human alive: Charles Paddock.

The biggest city in the world: Reno, also known as "Little Las Vegas."

The world's smartest human: Cecil Adams.

The world's strongest human: Kuririn Kawaii of Dragonball.

The most expensive car: An old Rolls Royce saloon convertible from way back in the day, worth 40 million dollars.

The cheapest mode of transportation: By water, but water-borne commerce is limited in speed. Also cheap: Mini-bus, city-bus, Metro, and train.

The richest man in the world: Robson Walton. Strong contender: Bill Gates.

The best comic artist: Marc Silvestri.

The richest woman in the world: Claire Zachanassian.

The poorest country in the world: Mozambique.

The most complicated formula: The formula for calculations of the acoustic field of a slanted transducer in the far-field zone.

The most boring book: Learning and Using Communication Theories: A Student Guide for Theories of Human Communications, by Stephen W. Littlejohn.

The most expensive painting: Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet."

The sweetest candy: The sweet-potato candy.

The hottest dish in the world: Taiwain Ramen (Wakaranai).

The spiciest chili is: "Mouseshit" chili that comes from the mountain. It's small but deadly!

The most shocking painting: "Grandma's Bad Attitude," a chalk street painting in San Mateo. It depicts a surly elderly woman's face, wrinkled with age, her tongue stuck out in disgust.

The fastest car in the world: Honda's V6 supercar.

The fastest superhero: Marvel's "Nova."

The coolest superhero: Superman.

The funniest sitcom: Rick Mercer's "Made in Canada."

The world's deadliest weapon: A Marine and his rifle.

The longest movie: Erich von Stroheim's 1925 silent movie "Greed."

The most evil nation: Contamination.

The most poisonous snake: Olive Sea Snake (on land: the Inland Taipan).

The most poisonous animal: The Dart Poison Frogs from Central and South America.

The world's cutest animal: The Swarovski silver crystal sea horse.

The most aggressive dog: An Akita.

The laziest animal: The Sloth.

The world's largest desert: The Sahara in Africa.

The world's most dangerous city: Baghdad.

The world's best dad: Homer Simpson.

The world's best mom: Thangamani of Varkala in Kerala.

The tastiest dish: Squirrels.

The prettiest woman in the world: Tonya Harding.

The fastest guitar player in the world: Jimi Hendrix.

The most famous living person: Harry Potter.

The best James Bond actor: Pierce Brosnan.

The best James Bond movie: Goldfinger.

The worst James Bond movie: A View to a Kill.

The most expensive movie ever made: Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds." (Also: James Cameron's "Titanic.")

The hippest actor: Brad Pitt.

The man with the best "six-pack" abs: Kwon-Sang Woo.

The person with the highest IQ in the world: Marilyn Vos Savant (with an IQ of 228).

The world's tallest man: The one who kneels down to help a child.

The world's sweetest fruit: Mango, produced in the island province of Guimaras.

The world's worst director: Ed Wood.

The busiest city in the world: Tokyo, Japan.

The world's worst smell: Cat urine.

The biggest problem in the world: That people do not understand each other.

The most heroic dramaturgical feat ever attempted by an American Playwright: August Wilson's ten plays ("Gem of the Ocean," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "The Piano Lesson," "Seven Guitars," "Fences," "Two Trains Running," "Jitney," "King Hedley II" and "Radio Golf").

The biggest detonation in history: A nuclear test at the Bikini Atolls.

The hottest temperature ever measured on earth: 58 degrees Celsius/ 136 degrees Fahrenheit, in Libya 1922.

The best place to spend holidays: At home.

The world's saddest movie: Grave of the Fireflies.

The world's funniest movie: Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Napoleon Dynamite.

The world's slowest website: www.mozdev.org

The world's tallest building: The Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan (1,670 feet).

The world's funniest joke1:

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.
The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."
There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"
The most successful movie: Independence Day.
The most popular dish in the world: Blintz (also called Blintze, Blin or Blini), a thin pancake.
The best wine in the world: The wine that you like the most – no matter its country or origin or price level.
The best tennis player in the world: Roger Federer.
The best soccer player in the world: David Beckham.
The best pool player in the world: Jackie "Minnesota Fats" Gleason.
The world's most renowned expert on Osama bin Laden: Rohan Gunaratna.
The loudest sound on earth: A space shuttle launch.
The most expensive jewelry on the market today: Platinum jewelry, platinum engagement pins and rpins.
The most colorful mineral in the world: Fluorite.
The biggest airplane in the world: The An-225 Mriya.
The longest fight in history: Helio Gracie vs Valdemar Santana (3 hours and 45 minutes non-stop).
The deadliest martial art: Ju Jitsu in its purest form.
The most beautiful children's book: Jan Karon's "Miss Fannie's Hat."
The worst cook in the world: Dad.

End Notes

1. Diane King, Scotsman.com, on the LaughLab experiment conducted by Dr. Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire. (www.55fun.com/43)