Guinness World Records Day
World Records don’t get set every day. But they can be set for new types of things. You can set a new Guinness World Record Day record by spending the longest time holding a table tennis ball above your mouth (6.35 secs), or the longest time holding your breathe (22 mins, held by StigSeverinsen).
1951 saw Sir Hugh Beaver and his hunting buddies in North Slob, County Wexford in Ireland get into a heated argument. You might be wondering what the dispute was about. Of course, which bird was the fastest in Europe?
Although we know now that the plover is the fastest game bird, this revelation raised questions about the availability of reference books. We can’t imagine that he was surprised that none of them had compared the flight speeds of different birds. Sir Hugh wanted to change this, and he succeeded.
Norris McWhirter and Ross McWhirter joined forces to compile the first ever record compilation. In 1954, the first 1000 Guinness Book of Records copies were printed.
This book was a huge success and the Guinness Book of World Records was born. It has been reprinted each year since.
Guinness World Record Day was created to allow people to challenge existing records and to propose a record. This is only for the very ambitious, but it is possible!
To avoid being redundant, Guinness World Record Day is celebrated by trying to break a world record. You won’t be capable of doing all of them in one day so this holiday is your start gun.
One such record is the “Longest Continuously Supported and Updated Game”, an award that goes to Unreal World, a unique survival game in the wilderness.
You can also visit Guinness World Records to see the most recent records, or spend time looking for things like the fastest land mammal or longest ping-pong game!