Guinness Book of World Records History

Very often on Christmas morning, long before I was old enough to make a distinction between Guinness beer and my present, I would receive a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records. I loved those books, and not just for their heavy post-production covers. I loved reading them from cover to cover and reading all the cool interesting facts inside.

The Guinness Book of World Records and Guinness beer are now owned by separate conglomerates. Contrary to rumours aided by an episode of the Simpsons, the Guinness Book of World Records was not solely invented to try and cut the number of bar fights. according to the Guinness World Records site, the history began when the managing director of the Guinness Brewery, Sir Hugh Beaver was in an argument over whether the golden plover was the fastest game bird in Europe. He could not find any reference guide answering this question. This same question came up a few years later and Beaver decided the world needed a book that could answer these questions. Twin journalists Norris and Ross McWhirter were commissioned to compile the first edition and the rest is history (lame cliché, I know).

The book would be able to solve arguments at home, at work, at pubs, on shooting fields or on ski hills of Hawaii. That’s right, I said ski hills of Hawaii. There’s throwing in another fact you might’ve not known for the day.

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