Photo Gallery - Guinness World Records & Attempts

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World's Smallest Horse

World's Smallest Horse Visits New York City
World's Smallest Horse Visits New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Sir Hugh Beaver was the inventor of the concept of Guinness World Records.

Guinness World Records is a reference book published yearly of - you guessed it - world records that includes facts like who is the oldest, tallest, shortest, or fattest, living man or woman, and every other world record imaginable.

One thousand free copies of the Guinness World Records were first published in August 1954, under the original name of The Guinness Book of Records. Compiled and edited by Norris and Ross McWhirter (owners of a London fact checking agency) who were hired by Sir Hugh Beaver, the then managing director of the Guinness Brewery.

Beaver wanted a world record reference book that could be used (among other purposes) to settle arguments and debates over trivia in pubs around the world. Apparently, Beaver had been debating in a pub what was the fastest game bird in Europe when he thought up the idea for the Guinness World Records.

The first 197-page commercial edition was bound on 27 August 1955 and was on the British bestsellers' list.

Thumbelina, billed as the Worlds Smallest Horse by the Guinness Book of World Records, stands back stage with a show horse at the Big Apple Circus where she is making a brief appearance November 30, 2006 in New York City. Thumbelina, who weighs just 58 pounds and stands at 17.5 inches tall, is officially described as a dwarf horse.

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Giant Pinata Brakes Guinness World Records

Giant Pinata Brakes Guinness World Record
Giant Pinata Brakes Guinness World Record. Getty Images

Film extras surround a huge pinata, which has broken the Guinness Record for the world's largest pinata, on November 2, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The giant mock donkey measures 60 feet, 4 inches long; 23 feet, 10.5 inches wide and 61 feet, 10.25 inches tall and is filled with 8,000 pounds of candy. A wrecking ball was used to smash the pinata during a public event. (Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines via Getty Images)

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Longest Chain of Shoes Sets Mark in Guinness World Records

Longest Chain Of Shoes Sets Mark In Guinness World Records
Longest Chain of Shoes Sets Mark in Guinness World Records. Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

Representatives from National Geographic Kids magazine hold a ceremony to certify a chain of 10,512 sneakers laid heel-to-toe is a world record in the courtyard at National Geographic Society headquarters July 2, 2008 in Washington, DC. Assembled by magazine, the string of shoes was certified by Guinness World Records as the longest chain of shoes, measuring 8,700 feet or nearly 1.65 miles. The shoes will be shipped to Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program and recycled into baskebtall courts and other play surfaces.

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Attempt at a Guinness World Records' Longest Chorus Line

HATS! The Musical Guinness Stunt
HATS! The Musical Guinness Stunt HATS! The Musical Guinness Stunt. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Members of the Red Hat Society crowd a sidewalk as they head to their positions to attempt a Guinness World Record for most people in a chorus line on January 26, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. About 1,700 members of the RHS lined the Las Vegas Strip to attempt to break the record as part of the celebration of the opening of HATS!, a musical at Harrah's Las Vegas

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Guinness World Record For Worlds Most Expensive Perfume

Guinness World Record For Worlds Most Expensive Perfume
Guinness World Record For Worlds Most Expensive Perfume. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

A view of Clive Christians 'No.1 Imperial Majesty' perfume at the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods on November 28, 2007 in London, England. The 'No.1 Imperial Majesty' bottle contains 500ml of Clive's 'No.1 Perfume' and is set with a five carat brilliant cut diamond in a solid gold collar and is valued at 115,000 GBP (about 250,000 US).

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Winner of The Guinness World Records Smallest Newspaper

Winner of The Guinness World Records Smallest Newspaper
Winner of The Guinness World Records' Smallest Newspaper. Cate Gillon/Getty Images

First News received the Guinness World Record for the smallest newspaper on November 8, 2007 in London, England. The children's newspaper published the paper for Guinness World Record Day.

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Man Dragging Locomotive Makes it into Guinness World Records

Man Dragging Locomotive Sets Guinness World Record
Man Dragging Locomotive Sets Guinness World Record. China Photos/Getty Images

Chinese man Zhang Xingquan pulled a locomotive through ropes hooked around a bowl attached to his abdomen on a rail track on August 3, 2007 in Dehui of Jilin Province, China. Dong set a Guinness World Record by dragging the locomotive which weighs 36 tons for 39 meters (about 128 feet) in one minute and 16 seconds. 40 year old Zhang said he dragged the locomotive through the help of Qigong, a system of deep breathing exercises.

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Tallest Man by Guinness World Records

World's Tallest Man Meets 73cm Short Man
World's Tallest Man Meets 73cm Short Man. China Photos/Getty Images

World's tallest man Bao Xishun shakes hands with 19-year-old He Pingping contending for the world's shortest man, who only measures 73 centimeters (about 2.4 ft), at a press conference of the two men on July 13, 2007 in Baotou of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northern China. The 54-year-old Bao, who stands at 2.36m (7ft 8.95in) tall, registered marriage with Xia Shujian, a 29-year-old saleswoman from his home city Chifeng of Inner Mongolia Region on March 26, 2007. Bao was confirmed as the world's tallest living man by Guinness World Records last year. He Pingping, also born in Inner Mongolia, is applying for the Guinness World Record as the world's shortest man.

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Attempt at Skydiving Haircut for Guinness World Records

World Record Attempt To Cut Hair While Skydiving
World Record Attempt To Cut Hair While Skydiving. Itay Bershadsky/Paradive via Getty Images

Israeli hairdresser Oren Orkobi (left), gives Israeli woman Sharon Har-Noy a haircut (right) while skydiving April 25, 2007 over Habonim Beach in northern Israel. Paradive said the haircut was an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first skydiving haircut. Orkobi is skydiving in tandem with Ido Holtz, a Paradive instructor.

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Successful Guinness World Records' Attempt For Biggest Space Hopper Bounce

Biggest Space Hopper Bounce
Biggest Space Hopper Bounce. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

People bounce on space hoppers during the successful attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous space hopper bounce on the Millennium Bridge on April 15 2007 in London, England. The attempt organised by UKTV Gold saw more than 600 entrants beating a previous record of 551 people set in 2003.

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Longest Motorcycle Jump by Guinness World Records

Mike Metzger Motorcycle Jump Over Fountain At Caesars Palace
Mike Metzger Motorcycle Jump Over Fountain At Caesars Palace Mike Metzger Motorcycle Jump Over Fountain At Caesars Palace. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

X Games freestyle motorcross legend Mike 'The Godfather' Metzger set a Guinness World Record with a 125-foot long motorcycle jump that included a back flip over a fountain at Caesars Palace May 4, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fountains at Caesars were made famous by the legendary motorcycle jump attempted in 1968 by daredevil Evel Knievel.

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World's Biggest Easter Egg by Guinness World Records

World's Biggest Easter Egg
World's Biggest Easter Egg. Getty Images/Mark Renders

A general view of the world's largest Easter egg on March 24, 2005 in Sint Niklaas, Belgium. According to the Guinness Book of World Records this 1200kg Belgian chocolate Easter egg is the largest in the world.

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Guinness World Record Attempt At Largest Chocolate Bar

Guinness World Record Attempt At Largest Chocolate Bar
Guinness World Record Attempt At Largest Chocolate Bar. Scott Olson/Getty Image

Workers and guests at the World’s Finest Chocolate company look at a 12,190 pound chocolate bar they created to set a new Guinness World Record September 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The bar, which stands nearly 3 feet high and measures 21 feet long, beat the previous record chocolate bar by more than a ton.

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Self Acupuncturing - Guinness World Records

Chinese Guinness World Record Holder Inserts 1,200 Needles Into Head
Chinese Guinness World Record Holder Inserts 1,200 Needles Into Head Chinese Guinness World Record Holder Inserts 1,200 Needles Into Head. China Photos/Getty Images

Chinese man Wei Shengchu displays acupuncture needles in his forehead during a self-acupuncture performance on January 9, 2007 in Chongqing Municipality, China. Wei inserted 1,200 needles into his head skin during the show. According to local media, the sixty-year-old acupuncturist is a cosmetic doctor from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, who has the Guinness World Record for self-acupuncturing at 1,790 needles in his face.

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Stretchiest Skin by Guinness World Records

Garry Stretch, who holds the Guinness World Record for having the stretchiest skin
Interviews For A Vampire At The Circus Of Horrors Garry Stretch, who holds the Guinness World Record for having the stretchiest skin. Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Garry Stretch, who holds the Guinness World Record for having the stretchiest skin performs before he judges the auditions for the Circus of Horrors at Fairfield Halls on October 7, 2005 in London, England.

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Guinness World Records' "Most Tattooed Woman"

Guinness World Records'
Guinness World Records' "Most Tattooed Woman". Mario Tama/Getty Images

Guinness World Record-holder Julia Gnuse, the 'most tattooed woman' in the world, poses at BookExpo America at the Javits Center May 26, 2010 in New York City. Gnuse has tattoos covering 95 percent of her body and has used the same artist for every design.

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