Guinness Reflects on 60 Years of Records

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Over sixty years ago, Sir Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of Guinness Breweries started the first Guinness World Records book.

Over sixty years ago, Sir Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of Guinness Breweries started the first Guinness World Records book. He started the book because he got into an argument about which game bird was the fastest in Europe. The golden plover or the red grouse. Later he realized it was very difficult for them to determine which was faster. He also realized that other people might have the same type of arguments and that a book that had the answers to the arguments might be a big success. The book is full of pictures with lots of captions so you can really get an idea of the records. Some of the records look very painful and a bit gross. A few of the records are the tallest man in the world, the heaviest weight lifted by a beard (that’s one of the painful ones), the longest journey on a water jetpack,the first winner of the wheelchair marathon Grand Slam, and the newest slug (that was on of the gross ones). The table of contents and an index made it really easy to find certain things in the book. It would take a long time to find the page you’re looking for without the table of contents. One of the really interesting features of the book is that you can see records in 3D by downloading and app on your mobile device. You can scan a page and it will appear in 3D. The world’s tallest man was funny to see in 3D. The app crashed a few times and the images sometimes disappeared but, other than that I didn’t have any problems with it. And, it’s free! I recommend this book to everyone, even if they don't know how to read they might enjoy looking at the pictures.