GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS DAY
Guinness World Records Day is held annually in November to celebrate record-breaking achievements. On Guinness World Records Day, potential record-breakers come together with the common goal of being a world-record titleholder.
Most people are familiar with the Guinness Book of World Records. First published in 1955, an annual edition of the popular book has been published every year since. The book contains amazing human achievements as well as incredible animal feats. Some of the categories featured include food and drink, the human body, gaming, nature, structures, marathons, and mass participation.
Records Around the World
- Bismarck, ND holds the record for most people simultaneously making snow angels – 8,962 people.
- The largest litter of puppies is 24 born to a Neopolitan mastiff in Manea, United Kingdom
- In New York City, the DiLusso Deli Company created a sandwich with the most layers – 60.
- Ayanna Williams has the longest fingernails on a pair of hands, which measures 18 ft. 10.9 in.
- The tallest structure built by LEGO bricks is 114 ft. 11 in. and contained 550,000 LEGO pieces
- Johanna Quass of Germany is the oldest gymnast who was still competing at the age of 86.
- Tokyo Dog in Seattle sold the most expensive hotdog ever for $169
- The longest duration for balancing on four fingers was 19.23 seconds by Wang Weibao of China
The Guinness Book of World Records is so popular that it’s published in 23 languages. That’s impressive, but it’s not the world record. Author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated author of the same book. His book, Le Petit Prince, has been translated into 382 different languages and dialects since its publication in 1943.
One record The Guinness Book of World Records does hold is that it’s the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. To date, over 100 million copies of the book have been sold in over 100 countries.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GuinnessWorldRecordsDay
Many people around the world have a dream of becoming a record-holder. If you could hold a world record, what would it be? Grow the longest beard? Own the biggest cat? Build the tallest structure made out of playing cards? Maybe you want to get a record number of people together to eat the most slices of pizza in one hour? Today is a great way to come up with some record-breaking ideas. If you’re serious about breaking a world record, you can even apply on the Guinness World Records website.
Another way to participate in the day is to share your favorite world-record breaker over social media. When you do, share it with #GuinnessWorldRecordsDay
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS DAY HISTORY
Guinness World Records Day goes back to November 10, 1951, when Sir Hugh Beaver, the manager of Guinness Breweries in Ireland, got into an argument about the fastest game bird in Europe. Because there were no available references to help him win his case, he decided the world needed a book of records. The Guinness Book of World Records was first published in 1955. Years later in 2004, the first-ever Guinness
World Records Day (GWR Day) was held. This was the year that The Guinness Book of World Records became the best-selling copyright book of all time.