The Guinness World Records is the brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver which was co-founded by twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in Fleet Street, London, in August 1955.
It is a British reference book that is published annually and lists world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
How the Guinness World Records Book Was Conceived
The then managing director of Guinness Breweries, Sir Hugh Beaver, went to a shooting party on November 10th 1951 in County Wexford, Ireland and was engulfed in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe after missing a shot at a golden plover.
After much exchange of talks, he came to the realisation that he could not affirm after citing different references hence the idea of an authoritative reference book came to the fore.
Thereafter, Beaver was introduced to the twins brothers – Norris and Ross McWhirter by a Guinness employee Christopher Chataway.
This duo were running a fact-finding agency in London and were tasked with the compilation of the first copy in August 1954. A thousand copies were then printed and given away; it became an instant hit and has been a reference point till date.
How to Apply for Guinness World Record
Applications made by individuals for existing record categories are free of charge. There is an administration fee of $5 to propose a new record title.
How Much a Record Breaker Earns from Guinness Book of World Records
Contrary to what many people believe, entering the Guinness Book of World Records does not have any type of economic compensation.
A record breaker or holder will not receive a single euro, pound or dollar for breaking a record. However, beyond the money, there are recognition in form of endearments from brands due to the exposure and even more, most record attempts were financed by wealthy individuals even brands to achieve each feat.
What Guinness World Records Says on their Awards
“As the world’s foremost authority on world records, our role is to celebrate the best in the world, to inspire all people, to entertain and to inform.”
In other news, a Nigerian Chef, Hilda ‘Baci’ Bassey , is making an attempt to break the longest cooking time in the world. She started the cooking on Thursday and is expected to complete the target time frame by Monday 15th May, 2023 evening.