The Guinness Book of Records was originally published by Guinness Breweries as a reference for settling pub arguments.
The Guinness Book of World Records is an annually published reference book containing a collection of world records ranging from the impressive to the absurd. It holds records of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
You might remember that the book itself is a world record for the best selling copyrighted book series of all time. It’s also one of the most stolen books in the US libraries.
Its roots go back to 1951, when Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of Guinness Breweries, got in in argument over what was the fastest game bird in Europe. He realized it was impossible to confirm, and thought that there had to be numerous other questions debated in pubs. To solve the problem, he went to Norris and Ross McWhirter, twins running a fact finding agency in London. His goal was to create a reference book to end all pub debates. In August 1954, the first Guinness Book of Records was born.