Nugget of Knowledge: Guinness beer and the record book

The first record book was a promotional gimmick for the beer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) РThe fact that the world-record catalog and beer share the name Guinness is more than a simple coincidence.

The Guinness World Records and the beer company are no longer officially linked.

The story goes that the director of the Guinness Brewery, Sir Hugh Beaver, and friends were on a hunting expedition in 1951. Beaver shot at a game bird and missed. It seemed to be too quick, and that that led to a discussion about which was the fastest game bird.

There was no reference work, no official record of anything like that.

Beaver then put together records into a book that he published in the summer of 1955 — a promotional gimmick for the Guinness brewery, but Beaver soon realized he’d tapped into a public curiosity much like his own.

The most pierced man in the world, according to Guinness World Records, is Rolf Buchholz of Dortmund, Germany. He has 453 piercings on his face and body.

Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940) remains the world’s tallest man who ever lived at 8 feet, 11 inches (271 centimeters) tall, though these days, Turkish national Sultan Kosen holds the record at 8 feet, 3 inches (251 centimeters) for tallest living man.

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