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Have you ever wondered why someone would want to travel over 120km/h on a motorcycle while performing a headstand, or how exactly you can train a rat to jump through a hoop eight times? 

Guinness World Records 2021 is now in the shops, but what will you find inside the famous book? 

  • Use your phone to scan the solar system pages and watch the planets come to life 
  • Take a look at some of the the cutest, weirdest and most dangerous animals in the world 
  • Meet the world’s tallest, shortest and err… hairiest people 
  • See just how good the best eSports stars really are 
  • Find out who are officially the world’s biggest stars and influencers 

Editor Craig, the main man behind the book, said: 

"Even though we had to write and make the book at home this year, COVID-19 didn’t stop amazing people from breaking incredible records! So get ready to go on a record-breaking journey all around the world and out into the solar system.” 

Want to know more about some of the record-breaking superstars in this year’s book? 


Shortest Bus driver 

Frank Faeek Hachem, 57, from Hampshire (UK) broke the record for shortest bus driver when he measured in at 136.2 cm (4ft 5.6 inches) on 5th February 2018. 

Passing his normal driving test back in 1989, Frank has now been a bus driver for three years and passed his bus driving test in 2017. 

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Fastest speed on a motorcycle while performing a headstand / handstand

Marco George, 31, from Hampshire (UK) broke the record for fastest speed on a motorcycle while performing a headstand / handstand on the 17th August 2019 when he reached 122.59 km/h (76.17 mph).

He's been practicing to break this record for over three years.


Most alternating paw tricks by a rat in 30 seconds

Meet the talented rats that feature in GWR 2021 for their records of most alternating paw tricks by a rat in 30 seconds (28) and most jumps through a hoop by a rat in 30 seconds (8).

Not only are they record-breakers, but their owners Luke Roberts and Jess Timmis (both UK) also hold a record too!


Largest collection of Funko Pop! figurines

Paul Scardino (USA) has amassed a staggering collection of Funko Pop! figurines, with a total of 5,306 items as counted on 5 March 2020. 

Paul has held this record since December 2018, but his collection has grown by almost 1,000 items since then! 


Longest gum wrapper chain

Gary Duschl (USA) holds the record for the longest gum wrapper chain, which measures a massive 32,555.68 m (106,810 ft) long.

“In the 60’s gum wrapper chains were a fad.  Girls and boys would make a chain the length matching their boyfriend or girlfriend's height," Gary explained. 


Longest horns on a yak 

Jericho, owned by Hugh and Melodee Smith (USA) has humongous horns that measure 346.4 cm (136.4 in).

Sprawled on the pages of this year’s Guinness World Records 2021 edition, the adorable beast from Welch, Minnesota (USA) is being recognized for having the longest horns on a yak.

Discover these and thousands more new and iconic records in Guinness World Records 2021, which is available to order now.