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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Teeny Ted' World's Smallest Book

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canadian researchers said they had produced the world's smallest published book, a story of a turnip contest that will require readers to use an electron microscope.

The book, titled "Teeny Ted from Turnip Town," measures 0.07 millimeters by 0.10 millimeters and was made using a focused gallium-ion beam to carve out spaces around each letter on pieces of crystalline silicon, Simon Fraser University said.

That is smaller than the head of a pin, which is about 2 millimeters in size, the researchers said Wednesday.

The book is tinier than two cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest, a copy of the New Testament of the King James Version, made in 2001, and a 2002 production of Anton Chekhov's "Chameleon," the researchers said.

The "nanobook" is made up of 30 microtablets.

The story is described by the Vancouver university as a "fable about Teeny Ted's victory in a turnip contest at the annual country fair."