Have you ever wondered what is the biggest or the smallest or the tallest or the fastest or the heaviest anything in the world? Well, The Guinness Book of World Records keeps track of exactly those types of things, and the metric system factors into the world of the “officially amazing” as well!
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Because The Guinness Book of World Records tracks and records amazing feats from all over the world, the Guinness organization uses the metric system, as you can see in the certificate above. Though you will occasionally also see measurements in U.S. customary units (feet, inches, miles, pounds, etc.), you’ll always see the statistics in The Guinness Book of World Records in metric units. Understanding equivalent metric units of mass, length, and capacity can help you better grasp the mind-blowing nature of the records!
Now let’s think about meters for a minute. If an entry in The Guinness Book of World Records states that the record is 36 meters, would you know how many centimeters that is? How about millimeters?
36 meters = 3,600 cm
36 meters = 36,000 mm
There actually is an entry in which the record is 36 meters. Find out what it is in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL7tvYnPsLs
For more practice working with the metric system, play the games at the first website below. Then check out the activity on the metric system at the next link—look around the site for several more to explore as well!