Korea's Dankook University professor Kim An-je has published a unique book marking his 70th birthday:
21,098 packs of cigarettes. 21,194 bottles of soju. 227,423 pages of manuscript papers. A life of 70 years can thus be broken down into its component parts.
Kim started to make records in 1948, during the second semester of fourth grade. He began by listing books he had read so that he would not accidentally read them again. Kim added the category of "cinema" after viewing the film Shimcheongjeon when he was a fifth-grader. He included another category, "drink," beginning when he was 27 years old. In this way, the items on his personal logbook soon reached 360.
One such diligently recorded item is finances: Professor Kim has earned a total of 12,691,104,000 won (US$13 million) over his lifetime and has spent 11,906,868,000 of it. That leaves him 784,236,000 won in the black.