The day the Guinness Book of Records was published – level 3


The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records was published in Great Britain on August 27, 1955.

It contained 198 pages and featured various records, including the tallest man, the heaviest twins, the longest-running television show, and the highest mountain.

One of the most popular sections of the first edition was the world records for sporting achievements, which included records for the fastest mile, the highest jump, and the longest distance swum underwater.

The book also had a section on famous firsts, including the records for the first person to climb Mount Everest and the first person to swim the English Channel.

The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records was an instant success, with 50,000 published copies selling out within just a few weeks of its release. The book went on to become an international phenomenon and has been published annually ever since, featuring new and updated records in each edition.

Difficult words: edition (all copies of a book published at the same time), feature (to include something in a book), annually (every year).

What section of the Guinness Book of Records do you find most interesting, and why?


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