Guinness Book of World Records
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How did it all start?
On May 4, 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Brewery,
went on a shooting party in North Slob in County Wexford, Ireland. He became involved
in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, then later realized it
was impossible to confirm in reference books. He then thought that a book supplying
answers to such questions could be popular.
The first 197-page edition of the "Guinness Book of Records" was bound on Aug. 27,
1955, and went on to the top of the British best-seller list by Christmas. Over 400
million copies have sold since the first edition. The most recent one to hit the shelves is
the "Guinness World Records 2010."
Largest rubber band ball
Joel Waul of the United States pushes
his bouncing creation.The largest
rubber band ball, which weighs 4,097
kilograms (9,032 pounds), was
measured in Lauderhill, Fla., Nov. 13,
Largest pocket knife
The world’s largest pocket knife
measures 3.9 meters (12 feet, 8
inches) when open, and weighs a
total of 122 kilograms (268.9
pounds). It was designed by Telmo
Cadavez of Bragança, Portugal, and
handmade by Virgilìo, Raúl and
Manuel Pires of Portugal, Jan. 9,
Most beer steins carried over
40 meters, female
The most beer steins carried over 40
meters (131 feet, 3 inches) by a
female is 19. This was achieved by
Anita Schwarz in Mesenich, Germany,
on Nov. 9, 2008, in celebration of
Guinness World Records Day.
Largest collection of 'Do Not
Disturb' hotel signs
Jean-François Vernetti of Switzerland
has collected 8,888 different 'Do Not
Disturb' hotel signs from 189
countries across the world since
Longest fingernails, both
Melvin Booth (left) of Troy, Mich., had
a combined fingernail length is 9.05
meters (29 feet, 8.3 inches). Lee
Redmond(right), who had not cut her
nails since 1979 and had them
carefully manicured to reach a total
length of 8.65 meters (28 feet, 4.5
inches), lost them when they broke
off in a car accident in February.
Garry Turner of Great Britain is able
to stretch the skin of his stomach to a
length of 15.8 centimeters (6.25
inches) due to a rare condition called
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder
of the connective tissues affecting the
skin, ligaments and internal organs.
The collagen that strengthens the
skin and determines its elasticity
becomes defective, resulting in,
among other things, a loosening of
the skin and hypermobility of the
joints. In more serious cases, it can
cause the fatal collapse or rupturing
of blood vessels.
Full body ice contact
The longest time spent in direct, full-
body contact with ice is 1 hour 42
minutes and 22 seconds by Wim Hof
of the Netherlands on Jan. 23, 2009.
Longest ear hair
Anthony Victor of India has hair
sprouting from the center of his outer
ears (middle of the pinna) that
measures 18.1 centimeters (7.12
inches) at its longest point.
Heaviest weight pulled with
The heaviest weight pulled with the
eye sockets is 411.65 kilograms (907
pounds) and was achieved by The
Space Cowboy, aka Chayne Hultgren
of Australia, on the set of "Lo Show
Dei Record" in Milan, Italy, on April
The largest commercially available
hamburger is 74.75 kilograms (164.8
pounds) and is available for $399 on
the menu at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar
in Southgate, Mich., as of Aug. 29,
Victor "Larry" Ramos Gomez,
pictured, and Gabriel "Danny" Gomez
(both of Mexico) are two of a family
of 19 that spans five generations all
suffering from the rare condition
called Congenital Generalized
Hypertrichosis, characterized by
excessive facial and torso hair. The
women are covered with a light to
medium coat of hair while the men of
the family have thick hair on
approximately 98 percent of their
body, apart from their hands and
Farthest squirting milk from
Ilker Yilmaz of Turkey squirted milk
from his eye a distance of 279.5
centimeters (9 feet, 2 inches) at the
Armada Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, on
Sept. 1, 2004.
Smallest and tallest living
As of July 7, 2006, the record for the
smallest living horse was held by
Thumbelina, a miniature sorrel brown
mare who measures 44.5 centimeters
(17.5 inches) to the withers and is
owned by Kay and Paul Goessling,
who live on the Goose Creek Farm in
St. Louis, Mo.
Radar, a Belgian draft horse,
measured 19 hands, 3.5 inches (79.5
inches, 202 centimeters) without
shoes on July 27, 2004. Radar is
owned by Priefert Manufacturing Inc.
of Mount Pleasant, Texas.
World's smallest man,
woman with the world's
He Pingping from Mongolia, the
world's smallest man (74.61
centimeters; 29.3 inches) stands
between the legs of Svetlana
Pankratova from Russia, the woman
with the world's longest legs.
Pankratova's legs are officially 51.9
inches long -- nearly 4 feet 4 inches.
Farthest eyeball pop
Kim Goodman of the U.S. can pop
her eyeballs to a protrusion of 11
millimeters (0.43 inch) beyond her
eye sockets. Her eyes were measured
on the set of the television show
"Guinness World Records:
Primetime," in Los Angeles on June
The most tattooed senior
The most tattooed senior citizen is
Isobel Varley, who covered 93
percent of her body with the ink art.