As May marks National Photography Month, we’re sharing an exclusive collection of some of the brand’s most historic and notable images.
The original Guinness Book of World Records was first published in 1965 with black and white photographs, and over the decades our annual edition has evolved to reflect the current times and titles of the world we live in. .
Since that first publication, one of the most iconic elements in the Guinness World Records books has become the wonderful, shocking and striking images of our own record holders.
As you browse the pages of our timeless photographs, discover the moments that feature some of the most extraordinary in the world.
Tallest man of all time
Robert Pershing Wadlow (USA), the tallest man in medical history for whom there is compelling evidence (born 6:30 a.m. in Alton, Illinois, USA on February 22, 1918), who during of the last measurement on June 27, 1940, was 2.72 m (8 ft 11.1 in) in height. Wadlow also has the biggest feet ever measured and the biggest hands ever.
Heaviest straight deadlift – bar
Hermann Goerner (Germany 1891-1965) unofficially lifted a 330 kg (727.5 lb) barbell with his right hand on October 8, 1920 in Leipzig, Germany. The bar has been properly raised from the ground to the fully erected position. He formally performed a 301 kg (663.5 lb) right-handed deadlift on October 29, 1920 also in Leipzig using a Berg Olympic rotating bar.
The longest place name
The longest place name used is “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauotarnateaturipukakapikimaunghoronukupokaiwhenuakit” with 85 letters, is located in Southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The unofficial name of a hill, the Maori translation meaning “The place where Tarnatea, the man with the big knees who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the landeater, played with his loved one.”
Fastest time to light five targets by ejecting milk from the eye
The fastest time to ignite five targets by drawing milk from the eye is 34.9 seconds and was achieved by Brandon “Youngblood” Kee (USA) on the set of ‘Guinness World Records Unleashed’ in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 13, 2013.
Most stretchy skin
Garry Turner (UK) is able to stretch the skin of his stomach to a distended length of 15.8 cm (6.25 in) due to a rare condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissues affecting the skin, ligaments and internal tissues. organs. With this condition, it is the collagen that strengthens the skin and determines its elasticity resulting in “hypermobility” of the joints and skin.
The heaviest spider
In the photo above, Rosi, the goliath bird eater, the heaviest spider specimen measured. Owned by Walter Baumgartner (Austria), it weighed 175 g (6.1 oz) in 2007. That’s seven times the weight of a mouse! Despite the name of this species, it very rarely feeds on birds – more typically on the menu are insects, frogs and small rodents.
Most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone
The proud Italian Dimitri Panciera loves ice cream so much that two spoons are not enough, he prefers to squeeze as much as possible on a cone. At the annual Gelatimo Ice Cream Festival in Forno di Zoldo, Italy, Dimitri won the Guinness World Records title for the most ice cream scoops balanced on a 125 scoop cone.
Farthest eyeball pop
Kim Goodman (USA) can pop his eyeballs up to a protrusion of 12 mm (0.47 in) beyond his sockets. Measuring “pop” is an exact science that must be performed by an optometrist using a device called a proptometer; an average of three measurements gives the final watering result. “Proptosis” is the term for displacement of the eyeball or bulging eyes. Kim discovered her talent when she was hit on the head by a hockey mask, but now she can pop her eyes out at the right time.
Greatest dog ever (male)
The tallest dog of all time is Zeus (USA), a Great Dane who was 1.118 m (44 in) tall on October 4, 2011 and was owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, from Otsego, Michigan, USA. Zeus weighed 70.30 kg (155 lbs) and ate about 13.6 kg (30 lbs) of food every two weeks. While standing, Zeus reached an astonishing height of 2.23 m (7 ft 4 in).
Most Oscar® Wins – Makeup
Rick Baker (USA) won 7 Academy Awards® for the best makeup in his career, the first for An American Werewolf in London (1981) at the 1981 Academy Awards® (54th) on March 29, 1982, and the most recent at 2010 (83rd) Academy Awards® for The Wolfman (2010) on February 27, 2011. To this day, he still holds the record.
The most tattooed seniors
Happy Florida couple Charlotte Guttenberg and Chuck Helmke (USA) currently have 97.5% of their bodies covered in intricate tattoos which have helped them gain recognition to the world as the most tattooed senior citizens. The couple first became interested in tattoos well over the age of 50 and met fate when Chuck helped Charlotte overcome the pain of her first tattoo session. Chuck now has the record for most skulls tattooed on the body, at an incredible 376.
The biggest horse and the smallest horse
Big Jake the Belgian gelding horse stands at a majestic 20 hands 2.75 in (210.19 cm, 82.75 in), he officially became the tallest living horse when measured on January 19, 2010. Here he is pictured alongside of a toddler, and the world’s smallest living horse – the female is Thumbelina, a miniature brown sorrel mare who measures 44.5 cm (17.5 in) at the withers.
The tallest motorcycle to ride
The tallest motorcycle measures 5.10 m (16 ft 8.78 in) from the ground to the top of the handlebars. It was built by Fabio Reggiani (Italy), and the motorcycle was driven a 100m course in Montecchio Emilia, Italy on March 24, 2012. The motorcycle is 10.03m long and is powered by a V8 engine of 5.7 liters. 280 HP, 3 forward speeds plus reverse. It is 2.5m wide and weighs around 5,000kg. It was completed in just 6 months.