Guinness Book of World Records

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

Guinness Book of World Records

QUESTION:  In 2009, Connecticut resident Steve Guman received official acknowledgment from the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the largest popsicle stick structure ever made (he held the title for two years).  How many popsicle sticks did he use to make his castle?
A). 4
B). 35,000
C). 396,000
D). 897,000

The Guinness Book of World Records is regarded as the definitive resource for information on the biggest, smallest, fastest, slowest, tallest, shortest, and quite possibly the weirdest people, places and things on the planet. The American Treasure Tour takes great pride in having in our collection the popsicle stick castle for which Steve Guman received the highest honor of largest popsicle stick sculpture by Guinness in 2009. We also have what may be the smallest handblown bottle, although Guinness has not assessed the authenticity of that one yet. But what IS Guinness?  When did it start?  The crack research team at the American Treasure Tour blog devoted weeks and months, scouring libraries and archives around the world to answer these questions.  After countless failed efforts, frustration and failure, we checked out the Guinness website.  There it was.

Many people aged 21 and older appreciate a good beer every now and again. One of the most famous names in beer is Guinness. The Guinness ale business started with Arthur Guinness in 1759. He established the St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland on December 31st of that year, and concocted different recipes. Their first dark porter beer was introduced in 1778, the stout in the 1840's. Their beers and ales proved extremely popular, and internationally known, and they became one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Now, jump ahead to the early 1950's. The Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery was a man named Sir Hugh Beaver. He was attending a shooting party, where he and his peers strove to kill birds as they flew overhead. Conversation turned to trying to determine which European game birds were the fastest in flight. No one knew the answer. After the event, they didn't let go of their question. They did research, and discovered that no one had ever tried to determine which it was. Tune in tomorrow for more exciting information on Guinness and their famous book....

ANSWER:  C). 396,000