Record Formats

All Guinness World Records titles are broken down into formats – here’s simplified list of the records we monitor:


Art

  • Largest/longest painting
  • Largest/longest drawing
  • Largest/longest mural
  • Largest/longest collage
  • Largest sculpture made of ‘x’
  • Largest mosaic made of ‘x’
  • Most contributions to ‘x’
  • Largest ‘x’ image

Animals

  • Anatomy
    • Tallest
    • Shortest
    • Longest
  • Oldest
  • Gatherings
  • Tricks
    • Fastest time over a distance
    • Most in a time
    • Consecutive
  • Fastest
  • Largest enclosures

Audio records

  • Loudest
    • Individual
    • Crowd
  • Longest duration sound
    • Vocal
    • On an instrument
  • Highest/lowest pitch
    • Vocal
    • On an instrument

Big stuff

  • Large manufactured items (Large replicas of existing items)
    • Tallest item
    • Heaviest item
  • Large objects made from a particular material
    • Large statues
  • Longest outstretched item
  • Large structures
    • Large civil engineering projects (walkways, bridges, cable cars)
    • Large buildings
  • Large projections
  • Large contraptions
  • Large puzzles

Careers

  • Longest careers
  • Career superlatives (except youngest/oldest)
    • Most “x” performed in a career

Collections & Displays

  • Largest collection of ‘x’ related memorabilia
  • Largest collection of ‘x’ item type
  • Largest display of ‘x’ item type
  • Largest display of ‘x’ related items

Company endorsement records

  • Bestselling
    • In a year
    • Cumulative
  • Highest revenue
    • In a year
    • Cumulative

Extreme sports

  • Aerial records
    • Highest trick/jump
    • Longest trick/jump
    • Most somersaults in a trick
  • Most consecutive tricks
  • Most tricks in a timeframe
  • Fastest speed achieved skating/skiing/sailing etc
  • Longest wave surfed on a x

Food

  • Largest
    • Single item
    • Serving
    • Container
      • Largest container (e.g. popcorn)
      • Largest bag (e.g. candy, rice)
    • Mosaic
    • Sculpture
  • Longest
    • Single item
      • Iconic food (e.g. sausage)
    • LINE of items
  • Most expensive
    • food
    • drink
  • Most food items made in …(individual or team)
    • 1 minute
    • 3 minutes
    • 1 hour
    • 8 hours
    • 12 hours
    • 24 hours
  • Most food served in …
    • 1 hour
    • 8 hours
    • 12 hours
    • 24 hours
  • Longest marathon
    • cooking
    • barbecue
  • Most people making food simultaneously
    • single location
    • multiple locations
  • Fastest time to consume
    • three items of food
    • one serving of food
    • one drink
  • Most consumed in …
    • 30 seconds
    • One minute

Human Body

  • Body Modifications
    • Most overall
    • Most in a time
    • Largest modification e.g. flesh tunnel
    • Largest gatherings
  • Hair
    • Longest
    • Biggest e.g. afro, perm
    • Hair shaved in a time frame
    • Hair donation – individual and team
  • Anatomy
    • Tallest
    • Shortest
    • Heaviest
    • Organs removed – largest/heaviest
    • Longest
  • Oldest
    • People
    • To achieve something
    • In a career

Journeys

  • Fastest
    • Place to place
      • On foot
      • Non-motorised vehicles (e.g. bicycles)
  • Longest
    • Journey in a single country
    • Journey internationally
      • Motorised and non-motorised vehicles
  • Lowest fuel consumption
    • Place to place
      • Petrol
      • Diesel
      • Battery power
  • Greatest distance (Motorised and non-motorised – must be undertaken on a closed racetrack)
    • In 12 hours
    • In 24 hours
    • In 48 hours
  • Greatest vertical distance
    • In 12 hours
    • In 24 hours
    • In 48 hours
  • Highest altitude on land
    • Defined activity
    • Defined permanent structure
  • Deepest
    • Defined activity underwater

Literature, books and publishing, comics

  • Longest running
  • Most books/issues in a series
  • Most prolific author, artist
  • Most syndicated
  • Most translated
  • Most published
  • Longest time in charts

Longest Lines

  • Longest chains
  • Longest line of people
    • Performing a skill
    • Relay (non-federated sport)
    • Costumed

Mass Participation

  • Largest lessons
    • Largest dance lessons
  • Largest dances
    • Style/genre
    • Traditional/Cultural
    • Simultaneous performance of popular dance phenomenon
  • Largest gatherings
    • Costumed
    • Professional impersonators
    • Shared trait
  • Largest human image
  • Musical performance
    • Largest ensemble
    • Most people playing “x”
  • Most performances of a skill by a group
    • Consecutively
    • Simultaneously
  • Mass participation in 24 hours
  • Largest audience/crowds
  • Largest tournament (non-federated sport)

Non – Sport marathon

  • Longest marathon performing ‘x’ activity.

Online/social media

  • Largest online photo album
  • Largest online video album
  • Largest online photo competition
  • Largest online video competition
  • Most online in 24 hours
  • Most followers
  • Most likes
  • Most retweets/flips/shares
  • Most [live] views
  • Most [archived] views
  • Largest online lesson
  • Longest online lesson
  • Longest stream of ‘x’

Plants

  • Heaviest
    • Fruit
    • Vegetable
    • Nut
  • Largest by size
    • Fruit
    • Vegetable
    • Nut
    • Flower head
    • Leaf
  • Tallest
    • Tree
    • Plant
  • Productivity
    • Highest crop yield
    • Most fruit/vegetables on one plant at the same time
    • Most fruit/vegetables from one plant in a year
    • Most blooms on one plant at the same time

Product testing (endorsement) records

  • Toughest/strongest
  • Longest lasting
  • Thinnest/smallest
  • Vehicles
    • Most powerful
    • Most capacious
    • Fastest

Quick Challenges

  • GWR Live!
  • Fastest over a set distance (up to 10 km)
    • Fastest riding ‘x’
    • Fastest while controlling “x”
    • Fastest while balancing “x”
    • Fastest in a “x” (position, posture, or method)
  • Fastest to complete an activity
    • Fastest time to “sort” items
    • Fastest time to perform a task “x” times
  • Longest time to records [excluding marathons (under 24 hours)]
    • Longest time performing unstable/volatile skill
  • Most in x time
    • Most times to complete an activity (individual)
    • Most times to complete an activity (in a team)
      • Relay (non-federated sport)
    • Gymnastic moves
    • Dance moves
    • Most items sorted in x time
  • Most connected in x time (LEGO, paperclips, etc.)

Science

  • Published academic achievements
  • Most electricity generated in x time
  • Most recycled in x time

Small stuff

  • Smallest functional item
  • Smallest representation

Sports

  • Gym based
    • Exercises in a time frame:
      • 1 minute
      • 3 minutes
      • 1 hour
      • 12 hour
      • 24 hour
    • Most weight lifted:
      • 1 hour
      • 12 hour
      • 24 hour
    • Furthest distance in a time frame:
      • Cycled
      • Rowed
      • On a treadmill
      • Ski ergometer
    • Duration
      • Static hold
  • Federated Sport
    • Longest match
    • Most people in a match
    • Largest Tournament
    • Largest Championship
  • Sports Skills
    • Targets hit
    • Completed in a time frame
    • Consecutive
  • Marathons
    • Fastest
    • Most completed
    • Completed in different continents
    • Costumes

Structures

  • Tallest/largest structure/tower/pyramid
  • Tallest/largest structure/tower/pyramid in ‘x’ time

Technology

  • Telecommunications records
  • Power plant records
  • Remote control toys/technology
  • Highest resolution image
  • Robotics records

Videogames

  • Fastest completion
  • Highest score (sourced from Twin Galaxies)
  • Challenge type – time frames, modifiers
  • Longest marathon