_GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS_, known from its inception in 1955 until 1998 as _THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS_ and in previous U.S. 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. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. As of the 2017 edition, it is now in its 63rd year of publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages. The international franchise has extended beyond print to include television series and museums. The popularity of the franchise has resulted in _ Guinness World Records_ becoming the primary international authority on the cataloging and verification of a huge number of world records; the organization employs official record adjudicators authorized to verify the authenticity of the setting and breaking of records.
* 1 History * 2 Evolution
* 3 Defining records
* 3.1 Ethical and safety issues * 3.2 Difficulty in defining records
* 4 Verifying existing records * 5 Museums * 6 Television series * 7 Gamer\'s edition * 8 British pop music volume
* 9 Other media
* 9.1 Video games * 9.2 Film
* 10 References * 11 External links
On 10 November 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver , then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slob , by the River Slaney in County Wexford , Ireland. After missing a shot at a golden plover , he became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the red grouse . (It is the plover. ) That evening at Castlebridge House, he realized that it was impossible to confirm in reference books whether or not the golden plover was Europe's fastest game bird. Beaver knew that there must be numerous other questions debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland and abroad, but there was no book in the world with which to settle arguments about records. He realized then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove successful.
Beaver's idea became reality when Guinness employee Christopher Chataway recommended University friends Norris and Ross McWhirter , who had been running a fact-finding agency in London. The twin brothers were commissioned to compile what became _The Guinness Book of Records_ in August 1954. A thousand copies were printed and given away.
After the founding of _The Guinness Book of Records_ at 107 Fleet Street , the first 198-page edition was bound on 27 August 1955 and went to the top of the British best seller lists by Christmas. The following year, it launched in the US, and sold 70,000 copies. Since then, _ Guinness World Records_ has become a household name and the global leader in world records. The book has gone on to become a record breaker in its own right; with sales of more than 100 million copies in 100 different countries and 37 languages, _ Guinness World Records_ is the world's best selling copyright book ever.
Because the book became a surprise hit, many further editions were printed, eventually settling into a pattern of one revision a year, published in September/October, in time for Christmas. The McWhirters continued to compile it for many years. Both brothers had an encyclopedic memory; on the TV series _ Record Breakers _, based upon the book, they would take questions posed by children in the audience on various world records and were able to give the correct answer. Ross McWhirter was assassinated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1975. Following Ross' assassination, the feature in the show where questions about records posed by children were answered was called _Norris on the Spot_.
Guinness Superlatives (later Guinness World Records) Limited was formed in 1954 to publish the first book. Sterling Publishing owned the rights to the _Guinness_ book in the US for decades, and, under their management, the book became a household name. The group was owned by Guinness PLC and subsequently Diageo until 2001, when it was purchased by Gullane Entertainment . Gullane was itself purchased by HIT Entertainment in 2002. In 2006, Apax Partners purchased HiT and subsequently sold Guinness World Records in early 2008 to the Jim Pattison Group , the parent company of Ripley Entertainment , which is licensed to operate Guinness World Records\' Attractions . With offices in New York City and Tokyo, Guinness World Records' global headquarters remain in London, while its museum attractions are based at Ripley headquarters in Orlando, Florida , US.
Recent editions have focused on record feats by person competitors. Competitions range from obvious ones such as Olympic weightlifting to the longest egg tossing distances, or for longest time spent playing _ Grand Theft Auto IV _ or the number of hot dogs that can be consumed in ten minutes, although eating and alcohol consumption entries are no longer accepted, possibly for fear of litigation. Besides records about competitions, it contains such facts as the heaviest tumour, the most poisonous plant, the shortest river ( Roe River ), the two longest-running dramas (_ General Hospital _ and _ Guiding Light _) in the US, and the world's most successful salesman ( Joe Girard ), among others. Many records also relate to the youngest person who achieved something, such as the youngest person to visit all nations of the world, being Maurizio Giuliano . Clyde Beatty holds the record for mixing 43 lions and tigers in one cage
Each edition contains a selection of the records from the Guinness database, as well as select new records; the criteria for inclusion having changed over the years.
The ousting of Norris McWhirter from his consulting role in 1995 and the subsequent decision by Diageo Plc to sell the Guinness World Records brand have shifted it from a text-oriented to an illustrated reference book ("style over substance"). The majority of world records are no longer listed in the book or on the website, and can only be determined by a written application to Guinness to 'break' the record. For those unable to wait the 4–6 weeks for a reply, Guinness will process a 'fast-track' application for £300 (US$450).
The _ Guinness Book of Records_ is the world's most sold copyrighted book, earning it an entry within its own pages. A number of spin-off books and television series have also been produced.
In 2005, Guinness designated 9 November as _International Guinness World Records Day_ to encourage breaking of world records. In 2006, an estimated 100,000 people participated in over 10 countries. Guinness reported 2,244 new records in 12 months, which was a 173% increase over the previous year. In February 2008, NBC aired _The Top 100 Guinness World Records of All Time_ and Guinness World Records made the complete list available on their website.
Sultan Kösen (Turkey) is the tallest living person since 17 September 2009, as verified by Guinness World Records. Play media Cracking open a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese as a part of a 2013 world record by Whole Foods Market .
For 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. The list of records which the Guinness World Records covers is not fixed; records may be added and also removed for various reasons. The public are invited to submit applications for records, which can be either the bettering of existing records or substantial achievements which could constitute a new record. The company also provides corporate services for companies to "harness the power of record-breaking to deliver tangible success for their businesses."
ETHICAL AND SAFETY ISSUES
Steven Petrosino drinking 1 litre of beer in 1.3 seconds in June 1977. Petrosino set record times for 250 ml, 500 ml and 1.5 liters as well, but Guinness accepted only the record for one liter. They later dropped all beer and alcohol records from their compendium in 1991, and reinstated the records in 2008.
Guinness World Records states several types of records it will not accept for ethical reasons, such as those related to the killing or harming of animals.
Several world records that were once included in the book have been removed for ethical reasons, including concerns for the well being of potential record breakers. For example, following publication of a "heaviest fish" record, many fish owners overfed their pets beyond the bounds of what was healthy, and therefore such entries were removed. The Guinness Book also 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 . These changes included the removal of all liquor , wine, and beer drinking records, along with other unusual records for consuming such unlikely things as bicycles and trees. Other records, such as sword swallowing and rally driving (on public roads), were closed from further entry as the current holders had performed beyond what are considered safe human tolerance levels.
There have been instances of closed records being reopened. For example, the sword swallowing record was listed as closed in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records, but the _ Guinness World Records Primetime _ TV show, which started in 1998, accepted three sword swallowing challenges (and so did the 2007 edition of the _Guinness World Records_ onwards). Similarly, the speed beer drinking records which were dropped from the book in 1991, reappeared 17 years later in the 2008 edition, but were moved from the "Human Achievements" section of the older book to the "Modern Society" section of the newer edition.
As of 2011 , it is required in the guidelines of all "large food" type records that the item be fully edible, and distributed to the public for consumption, to prevent food wastage.
Chain letters are also not allowed: " Guinness World Records does not accept any records relating to chain letters, sent by post or e-mail. If you receive a letter or an e-mail, which may promise to publish the names of all those who send it on, please destroy it, it is a hoax. No matter if it says that Guinness World Records and the postal service are involved, they are not."
DIFFICULTY IN DEFINING RECORDS
For some potential categories, _ Guinness World Records_ has declined to list some records that are too difficult or impossible to determine. For example, its website states: "We do not accept any claims for beauty as it is not objectively measurable."
On 10 December 2010, _ Guinness World Records_ stopped its new "dreadlock " category after investigation of its first and only female title holder, Asha Mandela, determining it was impossible to judge this record accurately.
VERIFYING EXISTING RECORDS
_ Guinness World Records_ website publishes selected records and is not supposed to be used for the record verification purposes, as it explains: "There are more than 40,000 current records in our database and we try our best to feature as many as possible online. We currently include over 15,000 records online which we update every week, so make sure to check the site regularly!". The book printed annually contains only 4000 records. The only way to verify a record is by contacting Guinness, expecting average response time of 2 weeks.
In 1976, a _ Guinness Book of World Records_ museum opened in the Empire State Building . Speed shooter Bob Munden then went on tour promoting _The Guinness Book of World Records_ by performing his record fast draws with a standard weight single-action revolver from a western movie type holster. His fastest time for a draw was .02 seconds. Among exhibits were life-size statues of the world's tallest man ( Robert Wadlow ) and world's largest earth worm, an X-ray photo of a sword swallower, repeated lightning strike victim Roy Sullivan 's hat complete with lightning holes and a pair of gem-studded golf shoes on sale for $6500. The museum closed in 1995.
In more recent years, the Guinness company has permitted the franchising of small museums with displays based on the book, all currently (as of 2010 ) located in towns popular with tourists: Tokyo , Copenhagen , San Antonio . There were once Guinness World Records museums and exhibitions at the Trocadero in London, Bangalore , San Francisco , Myrtle Beach , Orlando , Atlantic City , New Jersey, and Las Vegas , Nevada . The Orlando museum, which closed in 2002, was branded _The Guinness Records Experience_; the Hollywood, Niagara Falls , Copenhagen, and Gatlinburg , Tennessee museums also previously featured this branding.
Guinness World Records has commissioned various television series documenting world record breaking attempts, including:
COUNTRY/REGION NAME NETWORK BROADCAST HOST(S)
_ CHINA The Night of Guinness in China_ CCTV 2006– Wang Xuechun, Zhu Xun, Lin Hai
_L'été de tous les records_ (2003–2005) _50 ans, 50 records_ (2004) France 3 2003–2005 Pierre Sled
_Le monde des records_ W9 2008–2010 Alexandre Devoise Karine Ferri
_ NEW ZEALAND NZ Smashes Guinness World Records_ TV2 2009 Marc Ellis
_ PHILIPPINES Guinness Book of World Records Philippine Edition_ Ph-ABC 2004 ??
_ POLAND Światowe Rekordy Guinnessa_ Polsat 2009–2011 Maciej Dowbor
_ SPAIN El show de los récords_ Antena 3 2001–2002 Mar Saura Manu Carreño Mónica Martínez
_Ultimate Guinness World Records_ Challenge 2004 Jamie Rickers
* _ Guinness World Records: 50 Years, 50 Records_ - on ITV (UK), 11 September 2004
With the popularity of reality television, Guinness World Records began to market itself as the originator of the television genre, with slogans such as _we wrote the book on Reality TV_. Suresh Joachim Arulanantham is a Tamil Canadian film actor and producer and multiple- Guinness World Record holder who has broken over 50 world records set in several countries in attempts to benefit the underprivileged children around the world. Some world record attempts are more unusual than others: he is pictured here minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton .
In 2008, Guinness World Records released its gamer's edition in association with Twin Galaxies . The Gamer's Edition contains 258 pages, over 1236 video game related world records and four interviews including one with Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day . The most recent edition is the _ Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, 2017,_ which was released August 30, 2016.
BRITISH POP MUSIC VOLUME
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