After missing a shot at a golden plover, he became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the red grouse (it is the plover Beaver knew that there must be numerous other questions debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland and abroad, but there was no book in the world with which to settle arguments about records.
The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and verification of a huge number of world records; the organisation employs official record adjudicators authorised to verify the authenticity of the setting and breaking of records.
went on a shooting party in the North Slob, by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland.
Ross Mc Whirter was assassinated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1975.
Following Ross' assassination, the feature in the show where questions about records posed by children were answered was called Norris on the Spot.
The majority of world records are no longer listed in the book or on the website, and can only be determined by a written application to Guinness to 'break' the record.
For those unable to wait the 4–6 weeks for a reply, Guinness will process a 'fast-track' application for £300 (US0)(EU300).Beaver's idea became reality when Guinness employee Christopher Chataway recommended University friends Norris and Ross Mc Whirter, who had been running a fact-finding agency in London.The twin brothers were commissioned to compile what became The Guinness Book of Records in August 1954. After the founding of The Guinness Book of Records at 107 Fleet Street, London, the first 198-page edition was bound on 27 August 1955 and went to the top of the British best seller lists by Christmas.Besides records about competitions, it contains such facts as the heaviest tumour, the most poisonous plant, the shortest river (Roe River), the two longest-running dramas (General Hospital and Guiding Light) in the US, and the world's most successful salesman (Joe Girard), among others.Many records also relate to the youngest person who achieved something, such as the youngest person to visit all nations of the world, being Maurizio Giuliano.The book has gone on to become a record breaker in its own right; with sales of more than 100 million copies in 100 different countries and 37 languages, Guinness World Records is the world's best selling copyright book ever.