Guinness Book of Records

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Guinness World Records Limited

legal form Limited Company
founding November 30, 1954
Seat London , UK
Number of employees 50
Branch Entertainment and documentation

The Guinness World Records book is the most important collection of records . It has been published annually since 1955 and contains human peak performances and extreme values ​​as well as natural phenomena.


Hollywood Guinness Museum , Los Angeles

The first book was commissioned by the Guinness Brewery in 1955 and published in Ireland . The twins Ross and Norris McWhirter wrote the first issues .

The idea for this book came from the brewery's manager at the time, Sir Hugh Beaver. According to the company, this guest was on a bird hunt in which the hunters missed some birds. A discussion has developed about the question of which is the fastest game birds in Europe. However, no answer has been found in any reference work. It had occurred to Sir Hugh that there were similar unsolved discussions in pubs, which gave rise to the idea for a Guinness promotion to resolve such disputes.

On August 27, 1955, the first bound edition of Sir Hugh Beaver was available and went into bookshops under the title The Guinness Book of Records .

Guinness World Records is now a company based in London and employs around 50 people who handle the record cases. The name is also a registered trademark under which the concept is marketed. The Hollywood Guinness Museum, which shows exhibits to recognized records, is located in Los Angeles .

The company was acquired in 2008 by the Canadian company Jim Pattison Group . In addition to selling the books, the company earns fees for quickly processing the records and developing and creating new records for companies and states.


A German record holder
A record holder with the official certificate issued by Guinness World Records

The work includes numerous records from the fields:

In addition to data and facts, various top performances are also recorded. In order for an action to be included in the book as a new record or to discontinue an existing one, various conditions must be met and registered with the headquarters in England.

In 2005, Guinness named November 9th as World Records Day . After a great success in the first year, around 100,000 people took part in 2006 and broke over 50 records. In 2007 the action took place for the first time on November 8th.

See also


Web links

Commons : Guinness World Records  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Our History. In: Retrieved February 1, 2018 .
  3. Via Guinness World Records. In: Archived from the original on February 3, 2009 ; accessed on December 27, 2017 .
  4. Mexicans set Guinness record for kissing , Hamburger Abendblatt .
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  7. ^ Phil Edwards: Guinness World Records is no longer just a book company. It's a branded experience. Vox, March 6, 2015, accessed August 12, 2019 .
  8. # 795: Is Record Breaking Broken? In: NPR . September 20, 2017, accessed August 12, 2019 .
  9. German terms taken directly from the book, English from the German website.
  10. ^ Adjudications ( Memento from February 13, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), (English).
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