3... 2... 1... We have lift-off on another fully revised and updated Guinness World Records annual! The 2023 edition takes readers on a journey that's out of this world, revealing the latest and greatest record-breaking achievements here on Earth and across the vast distances of space.
Humanity's horizons are expanding once again, and our world is experiencing unprecedented change. Keeping up with this dizzying revolution are the Guinness World Records adjudicators, who've been busier than ever documenting the Officially Amazing. The result is Guinness World Records 2023!
* We start with a tour of our Solar System and beyond, exploring astronomical superlatives in a chapter dedicated to the latest developments in the New Space Race.
* Back down to Earth, we delve into the natural world to encounter the animal kingdom's mightiest and most bizarre beasts.
* Get up close and personal with the most iconic human beings - the tallest, shortest, strongest and hairiest - and be amazed at the extraordinary skills on display from the world's greatest jugglers, rock-climbers, freestylers and mermaids (yes, mermaids!).
* To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, we dedicate a chapter to a whistlestop tour of our planet from the comfort of your armchair, pointing out recordworthy landmarks, tourist hot-spots and cultural phenomena.
* Our team of gaming consultants and editors have picked out the Top 25 Greatest Gaming Records of All Time - does your favourite game get a mention?
* We end with every significant new sporting achievement logged in the 30-page Sports section.
In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, the then managing director of the Guinness Brewery, went on a shooting party and became involved in an argument. Which was the fastest game bird in Europe - the golden plover or the grouse? He realized then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove popular. He was right!
Sir Hugh's idea became reality when Norris and Ross McWhirter, who had been running a fact-finding agency in London, were commissioned to compile what became The Guinness Book of Records. The first edition was bound on August 27, 1955, and went to the top of the British bestseller lists by Christmas that year.
Since then, Guinness World RecordsT has become a household name and the global leader in world records. No other enterprise collects, confirms, accredits and presents world record data with the same investment in comprehensiveness and authenticity.