17 Facts About Guinness World Records


Guinness World Records, known from its inception in 1955 until 1999 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

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The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and verification of a huge number of world records.

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On 10 November 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness World Records Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slob, by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland.

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Guinness World Records realised then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove successful.

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Guinness Superlatives, later Guinness World Records Limited, was formed in 1954 to publish the first book.

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Guinness World Records bestowed the record of "Person with the most records" on Ashrita Furman of Queens, NY, in April 2009; at that time, he held 100 records, while he currently holds over 220.

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Many records, Guinness World Records is the effective authority on the exact requirements for them and with whom records reside, the company providing adjudicators to events to determine the veracity of record attempts.

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The Guinness Book dropped records within their "eating and drinking records" section of Human Achievements in 1991 over concerns that potential competitors could harm themselves and expose the publisher to potential litigation.

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Some potential categories, Guinness World Records has declined to list some records that are too difficult or impossible to determine.

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On 10 December 2010, Guinness World Records stopped accepting submissions for the "dreadlock" category after investigation of its first and only female title holder, Asha Mandela, determining it was impossible to judge this record accurately.

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In particular, corporations and celebrities seeking a publicity stunt to launch a new product or draw attention to themselves began to hire Guinness World Records, paying them for finding a record to break or to create a new category just for them.

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Guinness World Records was criticised by television talk show host John Oliver on the program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in August 2019.

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Guinness World Records denied the accusations and stated that they declined Oliver's offer to participate because "it was merely an opportunity to mock one of our record-holders, " and that Oliver did not specifically request the record for the largest marble cake.

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In more recent years, the Guinness World Records company has permitted the franchising of small museums with displays based on the book, all currently located in towns popular with tourists: Tokyo, Copenhagen, San Antonio.

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Guinness World Records has commissioned various television series documenting world record breaking attempts, including:.

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In 2008, Guinness World Records released its gamer's edition, a branch that keeps records for popular video game high scores, codes and feats in association with Twin Galaxies.

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Guinness World Records Book of British Hit Singles was a music reference book first published in 1977.

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