The Guinness World Records have been a part of my life since the year dot…I used to look forward to finding a brand new sparkly edition in my stocking every Christmas. I was also an avid fan of the television programme Record Breakers hosted by the late Roy Castle watching the latest wacky records being attempted. Well, can you believe that the Guinness World Records (GWR) has just turned sixty, and to celebrate their birthday with them the GWR invited a few bloggers and their children to a great big party!
Taking us through some fab GWR facts and how it has changed over the last sixty years was Craig Glenday Editor-in-Chief. For example fat cats are not going to get you in the record books anymore, and nor is gluttony. Records for driving very fast don’t cut it either but…taking a selfie may get you in the GWR books! The most expensive bottle of wine in 1955 was £8, in 2014 £75,000. I’ll have two then please. The tallest building in 1955 was The Empire State and in 2014 the Burj Khalifa, nearly 500m taller! In 1955 the highest paid footballer earned £60,000 and in 2014 it is Garath Bale who earns a whopping £85million.
The very entertaining ‘Professor’ Mark McKinley introduced us to some real life record breakers, we had an enthralling demonstration of the world’s fastest robot to solve a Rubik’s cube, a bunny hopping multi record breaking Joe, who had us all holding our breath whilst he hopped over a prone Professor. And to cap it off, having children and adults in hysterics was Paul Hunn’s record breaking skills at….having the World’s loudest burp!
This is a quick clip of Joe and his bike and the very brave Professor:
The Guinness World Records 2015 has a very shiny cover which also has a very special and clever feature to it. Using a free app you get augmented reality as well as all the great facts about old and new records. My children love this book and family tradition means that this ends up in one of their stockings every year too! And although the GWR are sixty years old they are most definitely not acting their age. Check out their website especially for children here.
We had such a great time at the party, we even got to attempt some world records ourselves, wrapping a present up the quickest, popping ten balloons in the fastest time (that hurt one’s bottom) and moving the most jelly in 30 seconds. Guess who stayed top of the leaderboard with that one? Yes me!! Eeekkk, I then had to attempt this again with an adjudicator by my side watching my every move! Unfortunately although I beat my first attempt by getting 180g, the world record is 250g in 30 seconds…never mind, I will just have to start practising.
Oh, and to finish off the party we got to see the … World’s fastest shopping trolley in action, and…the World’s smallest caravan! Who’d have thought it, eh?