What classes as a Guinness World Record?
All Guinness World Records must fulfil some certain criteria, including:
- Measurable – Is it the fastest / longest / heaviest / most?
- Breakable – Can the record be broken or repeated by someone else? All Guinness world record titles must be open to being challenged.
- Standardizable – Can the record title be done universally? For example, it cannot be related to something restricted to a region.
- Verifiable – Can the claim be proven? For example, a claim such as ‘the man who never drank water’, can never be verified unless the man spent his whole life from birth under surveillance by a witness.
- One Variable – They can verify the Largest painting but would not consider the largest painting by the most people.
- Universal – The proposal must be something, or about something that is known to the world’s majority. It cannot be too specific / regional.