How did it all start? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Most prolific dancing game high scorer Iowa's Elizabeth Bolinger, AKA Kitty Mc Scratch, dances her way into history, earning her the record as the "Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer" with top scores in over 100 songs spanning across 'Just Dance' and 'Dance Central'. She's featured in the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamers Edition out now.
Smallest working dog The smallest working dog is Lucy, a female micro Yorkshire Terrier, who measured 5.7 inches tall on Nov. 28, 2011, and is owned by Sally Leone Montufar of Absecon, New Jersey.
Most Christmas lights on a property David and Janean Richards celebrate being awarded the Guinness World Record for the most lights on a residential property. Their home in Forrest Act, Australia, is illuminated by 331,038 Christmas lights.
World's shortest woman Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy (R) and Indian doctor K. Sujatha (L) measure the height of Jyoti Amge, the world's shortest living woman, on her 18th birthday in the central Indian city of Nagpur on Dec. 16. Amge was certified by the Guinness World Records as the shortest woman in the world with an average measurement of 24.7 inches.
Largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns The largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns was 262 who gathering at Canal Theatre, Dublin.
Most number of people to fit into a pair of underpants Participants in their underwear break a world record for the most number of people, 57, to fit into an oversized pair of underpants. They look like they're freezing standing in the Canary Wharf district of London, on Nov. 17, 2011.
Longest kissing chain The longest kissing chain was achieved by 351 participants at an event organized by Jiayuan.com in Beijing, China. The smooches occurred Nov. 11, 2011.
Longest distance full-body burn without oxygen The longest distance ran full-body burn without oxygen is 393 ft 8.4 in. and was achieved by Denni Düsterhöft in Hamburg, Germany on Nov. 16.
Most arrows caught by hand in two minutes while blindfolded The most arrows caught by hand in two minutes – blindfolded is four. The record was achieved by Joe Alexander in Hamburg, Germany, on Nov.16.
Most bottle caps removed with the head The most bottle caps removed with the head in one minute is 24. It was achieved by Ahmed Tafzi in Hamburg, Germany, on Nov. 16 as part of the Guinness World Records Day.
Most popping popcorn caught with both hands The most popping popcorn caught with both hands in one minute is 26. It was achieved by Joe Alexander in Hamburg, Germany on Nov. 16.
Oldest yoga instructor The oldest yoga teacher is Bernice Mary Bates, who was born on June 30, 1920, and remains an active yoga teacher in Florida at the age of 91. Shes was presented with the award in November 2011 as part of Guinness World Records Day 2011.
Largest Hula Hoop workout The Largest Hula Hoop workout consisted of 221 students from Longleaf Elementary School in New Port Richey, Florida, USA on November 8, 2011 as part of Guinness World Records Day 2011. The participants danced for 1 minute and 44 seconds.
Longest chocolate bar Mmmmm! Mirco Della Vecchia from Italy already holds the records for the largest chocolate sculpture and the tallest ice cream bowl. Now he's set a new record by making a 50-foot-long and almost 8-feet-wide chocolate bar. It's 15,000 pounds of deliciousness. The chocolate bar was officially measured inside the historic Salaborsa library in Bologna main Maggiore Square.
Largest tea party Three hundred and thirty-four people attended what's now officially recognized as the largest tea party, put on by the English Cream Tea Company in Essex. The record attempt raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and The Fragile X Society.
World's tallest living female dog “ Nova," an Illinois Great Dane, reaches the record height of 2 feet, 11.51 inches tall when standing, and weighs in at 160 pounds. She is seen here with her owner, Ann Suplee.
Largest crocodile in captivity Cassius, an Australian saltwater crocodile named after Cassius Clay, has been declared the largest crocodile in captivity by the Guinness Book of Records. Cassius measures an impressive 17 feet 11.75 inches and weighs more than 2,000 pounds.
Longest moustache The longest moustache measures 14 feet and belongs to Ram Singh Chauhan from India.
Largest collection of cows Denise Tubangui, from the U.S., has a collection of 2,429 cow-related items as of March 2011. Denise started collecting in 1990 when she saw a cow figurine in her mother's kitchen.
Longest tongue on a female Chanel Tapper, pictured from California, has a tongue that measured 3.8 inches from tip to top lip, earning her the title of longest tongue on a female. The outright longest tongue record, though, is held by Stephen Taylor from the U.K. His lengthy licker measured 3.86 inches from tip to lip.
Largest afro The largest afro measures 7.3 inches high, 7.7 inches wide and 4 feet 4 inches in circumference. It was achieved by Aevin Dougas, who lives in New Orleans.
Largest chocolate bar Workers and guests at the World's Finest Chocolate company in Chicago admire a 12,290 pound chocolate bar they created to set a new Guinness World Record on Sept. 13, 2011. The bar, which stands nearly 3 feet high and measures 21 feet long, beats the previous record chocolate bar by more than a ton.
Youngest person to fly solo around the world Barrington Irving, a 23-year-old aerospace student at Florida Memorial University, braved snow, storms and monsoon rains to circumnavigate the globe in his single-engine plane Inspiration, becoming the youngest person, and first black pilot, to achieve the feat. When Barrington found that nobody would lend him an aircraft for his journey, he had one built instead. The Columbia 400 he flew was made entirely from donated parts and assembled for free by the Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company.
Most piercings on a male The most pierced man, Rolf Buchholz, has 453 studs and rings all over his body. Buchholz, from Dortmund, Germany, has – among others – 94 piercings in and around his lips, 25 in his eyebrows, eight in his nose and 278 in his genital area.
Fastest wedding chapel The fastest wedding chapel, nicknamed The Best Man, achieved a speed of 62 miles per hour in Shelbyville, Illinois. The mobile chapel includes stained-glass windows, pews, a pulpit, a pipe organ, a 1,000-watt stereo system and a three-tiered back porch with wrought-iron hand railings.
Largest collection of penguins Birgit Berends had amassed a collection of 11,062 different penguin-related items as of March 14th, 2011. From Germany, she started her collection at the age of 18 when she was inspired by the animated series Pingu. Her very first penguin dates back to her days in elementary school.
Most dogs skipping on the same rope Who knew dogs could skip rope -- much less 13 of them at the same time. The record was achieved by Uchida Geinousha's "Super Wan Wan Circus" in Japan.
Longest fingernails on a pair of female hands The longest fingernails on a pair of female hands belong to Chris "The Dutchess" Walton and measure in at 10 feet 2 inches for her left hand and 9 feet 7 inches for her right hand for a total of 19 feet 9 inches as measured in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 21, 2011.
Longest ears on a dog A Black and Tan Coonhound named Harbor has the longest ears of any living dog, with measurements of 12.25 inches for the left ear and 13.5 inches for the right.
Heaviest competitive male bodybuilder Daniele Seccarecci has achieved the title of heaviest competitive male bodybuilder. His competition weight is 297.62 lbs.. He was weighed on the set of "Lo Show dei Record" in Rome, Italy.
Most live streams for a single event The royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton this spring was one for the history books -- and the record books, too. According to the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, the April 29 ceremony at Westminster Abbey was watched online by 72 million viewers.
Highest paid actor in a TV drama Hugh Laurie of FOX’s "House" pulls in $400,000 per episode. According to Guinness, "House" is the Most-Watched TV Show (it is seen by 81.8 million people in 66 countries).
Largest pizza commercially available Available on the menu at Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria in Los Angeles, California, is an enormous four foot, six inch square pizza. Retailing at $199.99 plus tax, this mammoth meal can feed up to 100 people and can be ordered for delivery – as long as you give the pizzeria 24 hours' notice.
Most popular video of any kind Bieber's "Baby" was the most popular video of any kind online, with 463,820,304 views as of Feb. 16th, 2011.
Largest violin The Vogtland masters of violin- and bow-making in Germany created a violin that is 14 feet long and 4 feet 6 inches at its widest. This fantastic fiddle – plus its 17 feet bow – is seven times larger than the real thing. It takes three people to play a tune on it – one to press the strings and two to move the bow COPYRIGHTS TO ALL PHOTOS AND MUSIC BELONG TO THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS. You Can Keep Listening To The Music Or Press ‘ Esc’ To Exit Nikos