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Guinness’ 2002 records wonderfully . . . well, weird

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LONDON — Some people will do anything to get into the record books — eat cockroaches, catapult coins or just sit around and navel-gaze.

Australian Graham Barker has extracted his own belly button fluff every day since 1984, collecting a world record 0.54 ounces.

His collection, perfectly preserved and cataloged, is just one of the weird and wonderful feats recorded in the 2002 edition of Guinness World Records, published Friday.

"Some people gaze into their navel for inspiration. I look into mine and see navel fluff," said Barker, whose ambition is to collect enough navel pickings to stuff a pillow.

Briton Ken Edwards, a former rat-catcher and part-time entertainer, made it into the record book after eating 36 medium-sized cockroaches in one minute on March 5, 2001.

As part of his stage act he also stuffs 47 rats down a pair of pantyhose — while wearing them.

Then there is Monte Pierce, who can catapult a coin just under 12 feet with his ear — the world record for the furthest coin propulsion by an earlobe.

Pierce, who started yanking his ears as a child, can also cover his eyes with his lobes and pull them down under his chin.