I wonder how many of you have used the Guinness Book of Records to settle some argument or just to verify some facts or even to see what all made it into the book? First of all, why was the book published in the first place? Well, it was originally published by Guinness Breweries as a reference for settling bar arguments. According to what I found on www.funfactz.com, "Its roots date back to 1951, when Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of Guinness Breweries was out on a hunting trip and missed a shot. Subsequently, he got into a heated argument over what was the fastest game bird in Europe."
He tried to settle the argument by looking up information and couldn't find a reference, so he then realized a need for a quick and accurate information book on world records. At the time, there was a London-based agency that dealt with facts and figures run by Norris and Ross McWhirter and Beaver commissioned them to publish their book, which hit the shelves in 1954. Then the next year, 1955, it went to the top of the British bestseller lists.
I guess now, the internet holds a lot more information than that book does, but there is something more solid getting information from something you hold in your hands and turn the pages. Of course, I guess I would first use the internet to search for information. How about all of you? (Or for you southern speaking people, how about you all?) Now, you all have a great day today, you all hear?