On this day in 1955: Publishers release the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records

On this day in 1955: Publishers release the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Exactly 63 years ago, the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records hit the stands in Great Britain.

The book, which showcases other-worldly oddities alongside amazing feats of human strength and longevity, lined American bookshelves just a year later — and quickly became an international best-seller.

The idea for the tome of records was born in November 1951, when Hugh Beaver, then-managing director of the Guinness Brewery, wondered what the fastest game bird in Europe was — and was unable to find the answer.

Beaver soon employed twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter to research and verify records across the globe. Since its first edition, the world record book has sold over 130 million copies worldwide.

Hawaii holds several Guinness records including:

► The largest collection of surfboards owned by a single person: Donald Dettloff of Haiku, Maui owns 647 of them

► The largest coffee mosaic: DFS Hawaii created an image of Elvis Presley using over 5,600 cups of coffee in Waikiki

► The oldest woman to complete a marathon: Gladys Burrill was 92 years and 19 days when she completed the Honolulu Marathon in 2010

► The largest active volcano: Mauna Loa Volcano on the Big Island has a dome that is 75 miles long and 50 miles wide

The largest permanent hedge maze: The Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa covers over three acres, with a path almost 2.5 miles long

► The largest spam musubi: The 628 pound musubi was created using three bags of nori, 59 cans of spam and 250 pounds of rice

► The world's longest fresh flower lei: On Hawaii's 81st annual Lei Day, hundreds gathered to create a lei over a mile long

The Guinness Book of World Records has been translated into dozens of languages and is currently the top-selling copyrighted book in history.

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