Guinness World Records podcast - Behind The Book

Ever wondered why someone has grown their fingernails to nearly 30-ft in length?

Or how Sultan Kösen, the world’s tallest man at 8 ft 2 in, finds clothes to fit him?

Well in our new podcast series, Guinness World Records: Behind The Book (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher), you can find out the answers to these questions, and more!

Podcast behind the book

To celebrate the launch of Guinness World Records 2020, Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday is sharing his favourite stories and anecdotes.

Every Thursday, Craig reveals the stories behind a different record and answering questions about them.

Longest fingernails most tattooed man

For instance, could Lee Redmond, who has the longest fingernails on a pair of hands ever, really survive a month eating just her nails?

And why did one man cover his entire body head to foot in black tattoo ink?

The first episode reveals the origins of Guinness World Records (or The Guinness Book of Records as it was originally called) and how a drunken debate after a shooting party led to the creation of the book.

The first Guinness World Records book from 1955 alongside the current edition

Guinness World Records: Behind The Book is available to download from Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher and also on the Guinness World Records website with a new episode released every Thursday.

If you have any questions of your own, or want to know how to get your name in the famous Guinness World Records books, then just ask Craig! You’ll find him on Twitter @CraigGlenday and @GWR, or search for #GWRPodcast. 

Learn more about Guinness World Records 2020, including more about some of the robots featured in the book, videos of this year's stars and how to buy your copy.

Guinness World Records 2020