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The brand new Guinness World Records 2012 Edition launches this week with a startling selection of new record holders.

Among those landing a hallowed spot in the world's best-selling book is Chris 'The Dutchess' Walton, the proud owner of the world's Longest Fingernails (10ft 2in, 309.8cm); Chanel Tapper who holds the record for having the Longest Tongue (female) (3.8in, 9.75cm); and Aevin Dugas who has grown the Largest Natural Afro (4ft 4in, 1.32m).

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: "Guinness World Records 2012 celebrates a diverse range of extraordinary records, but certainly our human body records remain some of the most loved and talked about. I think people are really going to love this year's selection."

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Christine Walton - World's longest fingernails
Christine's nails, measuring 10ft 2in (309.8cm) on her left hand and 9ft 7in (292.1cm) on her right hand. The 45-year-old, who is also a talented singer who goes by the stage name "The Dutchess", hasn't cut her fingernails since 1990.

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Aevin Dugas - World's largest afro
Aevin Dugas a 36 year-old social worker from New Orleans, USA, is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world with a circumference measuring an incredible 4 ft. 4 in (1.32 m), which has taken over 12 years to grow.

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Chanel Tapper - Longest Tongue
Measuring 3.8 inches (9.75 cm) from tip to top lip, full time student Chanel Tapper (21) from California, USA, has the world's longest tongue.