The Guinness Book Of Records
was first published in 1955. You can check out the official Guinness website
where the latest and weirdest records can be found, and where you can submit your own. Good luck.
At the moment, the programme is on iplayer
, but it won't be for long. Here, the Guinness team travels to Nepal to meet the man who is potentially the "smallest" man in the world, a claim that is vindicated, but of the one thousand records that are submitted every week, 80% are rejected summarily.
There is a lot of interesting material in this programme, including the cat with the loudest purr, and the French spiderman who is seen in action, but why would anyone want to pass through a tennis racket? As well as the new smallest man in the world, we meet the man who is currently the tallest, a record that was once held by Robert Wadlow (pictured), who died in 1940 aged only 22.
One tiny criticism, this short documentary has a lot of staged meetings, ie people greeting each other when the cameras were obviously there and running.