Golden Plover

Guinness Book of World Records, Again

QUESTION:  What IS the fastest game bird in Europe?
A). Golden Plover
B). Red Grouse
C). Black-breasted Wood Quail
D). Tinamous

Yesterday, we introduced the subject of the inspiration for Guinness Book of World Records, and learned that it came from the mind of Guinness brewer Sir Hugh Beaver after a recreational bird hunt. Seeing the need for a resource to resolve pub arguments around the world, he hired twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile lists of facts. In 1954, Guinness Superlatives was established as the company behind the book, and they converted a gymnasium in London into an office, where the research began. Neither the McWhirters nor Beaver could have anticipated what would happen next: it took thirteen weeks of sixteen-hour days to complete their first volume of what would become an international bestseller that required annual revisions to keep up to date on the records being achieved by people around the world. In 1974, it became the "biggest-selling copyright book in history," having sold 23,950,000 copies in multiple editions.

Today, the Guinness organization sets out to inspire people of all ages in cities around the world to challenge themselves. To achieve the recognition of Guinness as the best in your field, whether it be as a sprint runner or someone with an exceptional skill at putting ping pong balls in their mouths, means you have reached the pinnacle. At least until someone else is able to squeeze yet another ping pong ball in there.

ANSWER:  A). Golden Plover. The answer to the question that inspired the creation of the Guinness Book of World Records was the Golden Plover, over the Red Grouse