Since their launch in 1955 as the The Guinness Book of Records, a lot of the records have been discontinued and are no longer monitored. Here are the 5 most notable examples and the reason why they are no longer supported by the world record organization:
Listed up until the 1990s as the “Gastronomic Records” this category included any application of unfettered gluttony. In the 1983 edition of the book, Edward Abraham Miller from Oakland, CA was recognised as the world’s greatest trencherman. His achievements? He managed to consume a whopping 25,000 calories a day (the average recommended calories per day are 2,000) and remained undefeated in eating contests since 1922!
The only consumption records that are awarded today are based on a rate of consumption and are limited to a time frame (for example, most hamburgers eaten in 30 seconds) or a given number of a food/beverage item (fastest time to consume 3 ice-creams). (the article continues after the ad)
Consumption records as listed in the 1960s edition of the book.
Jack Keyes from Northern Ireland as featured in the 1970 book for his accomplishment of drinking 36 pints in 60 minutes.
The “Human achievements” category from the very first 1955 edition of the book.
4. World’s Heaviest Pets
Even though they were listed for 43 years, in 1998, the Guinness World Records stopped awarding records to the heaviest pets to avoid forced over-feeding. However, in previous editions of the book there were several categories of heaviest pet animals such as the fattest dog or cat. The fattest cat ever was Himmy, who weighed 46lb 15 ½ oz (21.3kg).
A cat named Kato from Norway as featured in the last edition of the book that contained the speciic category (1998 edition).
3. Driving Around The World At Speed
Earlier editions of the book contained high-speed car circumnavigations. Acknowledging the danger of driving in high-speeds though, in 1996 Guinness World Records stopped accepting claims for these kind of records.
In 1977, Garry Sowerby and his two co-drivers completed an around-the-world drive in just 21 days, 2 hours and 14 minutes.
2. Controversial Animal Sports
Fox hunting, bull fighting, camel wrestling, elephant polo and other weird categories of animal sports have long been excised from the record books. A thorough evaluation and careful consideration is now given to any record claim that involves animals.
The largest fox ever killed was 23 ¾ lb (11,2 Kg) and was achieved in Cumberland, England by an Ullswater Hunt in 1936.
1. Environmental Challenges
Any record that many proved to be detrimental to the environment has been removed from the Guinness World Records database. For example, the most known sky lanterns flown simultaneously record was rested in 2014 due to environmental concerns.
The record for the most sky lanterns flown simultaneously was 15,185 and was achieved on May 24th 2013 in Miago, Iloilo, Philippines.
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Source: 60 years on, the categories that Guinness World Records no longer monitors
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