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60 years of Guinness World Records

On the 27 August 1955, the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records – now Guinness World Records, was published. Through listing world records of both human achievements and of the natural world, what started as a reference book became an international franchise, gaining popular interest around the globe. In celebration of this anniversary of weird and wonderful world records, we’ve selected a few favourites from talented individuals featured in our online products. What will the next 60 years bring us?



Featured image: Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space are featured in this image photographed by an STS-131 crew member on the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Discovery. NASA. Public domain via NASA.

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