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Book Of World Records
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Guinness World Records, known from its inception from 1955 until 2000 as The
Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The
Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually,
listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the
natural world. The brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, the book was co-founded by
brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in Fleet Street, London in August 1954.
The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book
of all time. As of the 2019 edition, it is now in its 64th year of
publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages. The international
franchise has extended beyond print to include television series and
museums. The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World
Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and
verification of a huge number of world records; the organisation employs
official record adjudicators authorised to verify the authenticity of the
setting and breaking of records.
Guinness World Records states several types of records it will not accept
for ethical reasons, such as those related to the killing
or harming of animals.
Several world records that were once included in the book have been removed
for ethical reasons, including concerns for the well being of potential
record breakers. For example, following publication of the "heaviest fish"
record, many fish owners overfed their pets beyond the bounds of what was
healthy, and therefore such entries were removed. The Guinness Book also
dropped records within their "eating and drinking records" section of Human
Achievements in 1991 over concerns that potential competitors could harm
themselves and expose the publisher to potential litigation. These changes
included the removal of all spirit, wine, and beer drinking records, along
with other unusual records for consuming such unlikely things as bicycles and trees. Other records, such as sword
swallowing and rally driving (on public roads), were closed from further
entry as the current holders had performed beyond what are considered safe
human tolerance levels.
There have been instances of closed records being reopened. For example, the
sword swallowing record was listed as closed in the 1990 Guinness Book of
World Records, but the Guinness World Records Primetime TV show, which
started in 1998, accepted three sword swallowing challenges (and so did the
2007 edition of the Guinness World Records onwards). Similarly, the speed
beer drinking records which were dropped from the book in 1991, reappeared
17 years later in the 2008 edition, but were moved from the "Human
Achievements" section of the older book to the "Modern Society" section of
the newer edition.
As of 2011, it is required in the guidelines of all "large food" type
records that the item be fully edible, and distributed to the public for
consumption, to prevent food wastage.
Chain letters are also not allowed: "Guinness World Records does not accept
any records relating to chain letters, sent by post or e-mail."
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