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You're smarter for 10; Guinness World Records is celebrating 60 years with a special 3D version of their iconic book. MARION MCMULLEN looks back at some landmark moments.


How did it all begin? GUINNESS Brewery's Sir Hugh Beaver decided to commission a book of facts and figures when he was at a shooting party and there was debate no-one could answer on what was the fastest game bird in Europe.

Was the book a record breaker itself? THE first edition was published in 1955. The first print run was for 50,000 copies and by Christmas it had become a bestseller in the UK.

Who listed all those facts and figures? TWINS Norris and Ross McWhirter worked 90-hour weeks for 13 weeks writing the first book after an initial research phase.

How big has it become? THE three millionth friend was recorded on the book's Facebook page last year - the number is now at more than four million - and a tweet from Justin Bieber became the most retweeted GWR message with 45,671 retweets.

Does the book contain some amazing people? THE world's tallest man Robert Wadlow who stood 8ft 11.1 inches tall and the oldest person who ever lived was Jeanne Louise Calment from France who was born in 1875, and lived to be 122 years and 164 days old.

What about the TV series? IT began on British telly in 1972 and presenter Roy Castle broke several records himself including the fastest time to perform one million tap dancing taps - 23 hours and 44 minutes - in 1985.

When can I get my hands on the latest edition? THE Guinness World Records 2015 edition went on sale on September 10.

Has the standard for entry changed over the years? The most expensive bottle of wine in the first edition cost PS4.93. Now the record is PS74,521.

Any unusual records? THE largest collection of 007 memorabilia belongs to the UK's Nick Bennett (12,463 items) and the longest tongue is 3.97 inches, belonging to American Nick Stoelberl.

So what IS the fastest game bird in Europe? THE original question can finally be answered... the record is jointly held by the red-breasted merganser and the Eider. Both of which are thought to exceed an air speed of 65 mph.


Nancy Siefker holds the record for the farthest arrow shot using feet. All photographs copyright Guinness World Records Book

Karsten Maas and the World's Longest Usable Golf Club (13ft 10in), right

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 13, 2014
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