Interesting Facts About The Guinness Book Of World Records
On its birthday today, a look into the history and the idea behind the iconic Guinness world record book
The Guinness Book of World Records is the one stop destination for answers to the most interesting and unique questions, be it about the tallest man in the world or the one with the longest moustache.
The brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, the book was first published on 27 August 1955 and holds its own record for the world’s bestselling copyrighted book. Beaver, the owner of alcohol company Guinness Brewery, struck upon this idea years ago while hunting for the golden plover in Europe with his friend. Both the men started debating on whether the little creature was the fastest bird in the world.
To answer such questions, the businessman decided to publish the Guinness Book and distribute it for free across pubs in Britain.
Beaver hired twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter, who ran a fact-finding agency in London. The two travelled around the globe to collect unexplored facts and records.
Eventually, the book gained such a cult-status that people did not even associate it with the product of a liquor company. Every nation started publishing their own editions, leading to the iconic journal selling lakhs of copies on the stand in 37 languages.
Ashrita Furman is the highest record-holder with more than 200 records to his name, one of which is for holding the greatest number of records in the Guinness book itself.
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