Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records was founded in 1951 when Sir Hugh Beaver - then managing director of the Guinness Brewery - asked a simple question: what was Europe's fastest game bird? With the help of the London-based fact-finding twins Norris and Ross McWhirter, he set about creating a definitive catalogue of notable feats which culminated on August 27, 1955, in the publication of the first edition of "The Guinness Book of Records". By Christmas that year it became Britain's number one bestseller and has since produced a book each year under its new title, Guinness World Records.

Guinness World Records releases its 60th anniversary edition

Alley the cat on its way to a record jump. Photo: AFP

From super-long tongues to leaping cats, a host of weird and wacky landmarks have made the cut for 60th anniversary edition of the Guinness World Records book out today.

Thursday, 11 September, 2014, 3:21am

Dispute over oldest living person dies with Japan's Jiroemon Kimura

Jiroemon Kimura. Photo: AP

Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died yesterday of natural causes. He was 116.

But there appears to be dispute in China that Kimura was really the world's oldest person - at least before last weekend - when a woman who Chinese officials said was 127 years old died.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:07am 2 comments

TV series of Canadian brothers' record-setting China motorbike trip airs

Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle. Photo: Reuters

It took Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle five minutes to come up with the idea of circumnavigating China by motorcycle, a journey never attempted before. It did not take much longer for Colin to quit his job as a foreign exchange trader and sell his house. Now, a TV series of their Guinness world record-breaking 65-day adventure is to air around the world.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am

Video: How to park in a tight space (and break the world record)

The Guinness World Record for tightest parallel parking is broken in a screen grab from the video

It's hard enough to parallel park at the best of times. Yet two brothers from the UK broke the world record for parking in the tightest of spaces - twice.

Alastair and John Moffatt entered the Guinness World Record book with just 13.1cm to spare between the cars.

27 Mar 2013 - 1:36pm

Briefs, February 27, 2013

Two US sailors yesterday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, in a case that has generated huge anti-American anger in Japan.

27 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

World's oldest marathon runner,101, shines at last race

Fauja Singh ran with a community group called Sikhs in the City. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world’s oldest distance runner retired after ending his last race in Hong Kong on a high, describing it as one of the “happiest days” of his long life.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Golfer Brian Cha to start record bid at midnight

Golfer Brian Cha to start record bid at midnight

When Brian Cha starts his 8,000-golf-ball endeavour at a driving range in Ma On Shan next month, it will not be a day out under bright and sunny skies.

Instead, the fitness trainer will begin the attempt to hit his way into the Guinness World Records at midnight.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Brazilians look to join tiny Welsh soccer club with big name

Brazilians look to join tiny Welsh soccer club with big name

Brazilian players are battling to play for tiny Welsh side Llanfairpwll FC after the team's name caught the imagination of the soccer-crazy nation.

The bizarre story started when a Portuguese newspaper wrote an article about Llanfairpwll because its full name is believed to be the longest in club history.

23 Dec 2012 - 3:43am

Trek to convention pays off for 'trekkies'

Silvana Gunther and Boris Murru of Berlin pose as they arrive at the convention in London at the weekend. Photos: Reuters

Star Trek fans have made history by breaking the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as characters from the TV series at the Destination Star Trek London convention.

The event at London's ExCel centre on Saturday attracted 1,083 costume-clad "trekkies", narrowly beating the previous record of 1,040, set at the bigger, annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas in August.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Indian school is world's largest as it goes into record books with almost 40,000 pupils

Schoolchildren gather in front of The City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, as it was officially made the biggest school in the world. Photo: AFP

This will be one school photograph that needs a wide-angled lens. A school in the Indian city of Lucknow was on Monday announced as the world's largest by Guinness World Records after it registered almost 40,000 pupils.

15 Oct 2012 - 3:06pm

Boy, are they strong

Romanian brothers Giuliano and Claudio Stroe look like your typical European youngsters. Dressed in shorts, matching Iron Man shirts and running shoes, you might even say they look cute.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Memory stars blaze a trail to encourage Asians to set records

An 11-year-old and his tutor walked slowly past 500 English words on a board in an attempt to set memory records yesterday.

Clement Lo Kwan-tai, 11, and his tutor, Miki Lee Yuk-kuen, hoped to memorise as many words as possible.

The English words were written on cards, carried a Chinese translation and were posted in random order on a board.

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Big or small, anyone can be a record-breaker

Ever consider setting a record in some weird feat? Well, you have the chance to become a record-breaker on Guinness World Records Day on Thursday.

Daring hopefuls around the world will be attempting to set amazing feats and you can be involved as well.

2 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Photographic memory

Hong Kong Memory Study Association chairwoman Miki Lee Yuk-kuen attempts to make it into the record books yesterday by memorising 300 objects.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


Guinness World Records Primetime

Pearl, 8.35pm

Mark Thompson (above) presents more record-breaking feats including an attempt at the longest kiss and the world's most expensive piece of clothing.

Live Through It: Glittering Melodies

World, 9pm

3 Jan 2003 - 12:00am