The history of Guinness Records dates back to 1951 when Sir Hugh Beaver, president of the Guinness Brewery, asked himself which bird was the fastest in hunting games and did not find a reference to answer his doubt. Four years later, the first Guinness Book of World Records was published, becoming a great success and worldwide authority to record all kinds of records.
Currently, the company receives more than a thousand applications a week, of which less than five percent actually become records. Many of the records may seem absurd, however, they are still fun. Here are some of the Mexicans who have imposed global marks.
- December 2, 2011. The largest flag in the world. At one hundred-meter-high pole, in the Great Square of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, our national flag was raised, which was 34.3 meters (112.5 ft.) wide and 60 (197 ft.) meters long. During the hoisting ceremony 40 elements of the Mexican Army were needed.
- September 7, 2014. In the Magical Town of Metepec two records were broken: the largest clay pot and Taco de Plaza in the world. The casserole, created by the artisan Bernardo Camacho Quiroz dedicated six months to create a piece of 800 kilograms (1,764 pounds) of weight. There they cooked 892 kilos (1,967 pounds) of porkcracklings, freshwater shrimps, and charales (small fishes) to serve 9,450 tacos.
- February 14, 2009. To prove that we are a passionate and loving country, we have the record of more people kissing simultaneously, when more than 40,000 people kissed for a few minutes in the Zocalo of Mexico City.
- December 16, 2012. 16,000 sky lanterns were put up in the air from the esplanade of Guadalupe Fort, in Puebla. What is interesting, moreover, is that they were made by 3,000 people with disabilities.
- June 23, 2012. 5,000 people set the record for the world's largest verbal insult (mentada de madre, in Spanish). The cry, addressed to the then governor of the state of Jalisco, Mexico, reached 122 decibels.
- September 7, 2014. 1,967 people gathered at Juan Pablo II Square in Zapopan, Jalisco, to sing "Cielito lindo" and set a new record for the greatest number of people singing. Earlier, the record was for the city of Liverpool, when in 2012, 631 people sang "Love me do," a Beatles classic.
- April 27, 2012. According to statistics, Mexicans read little, sadly very little. However, we have the longest reading record in the world, when in Iztapalapa was set the continuous reading mark aloud for 407 hours, 28 minutes and 20 seconds. Books of Paz, Fuentes, Poniatowska, Taibo II, Villoro, Sabines and Mastretta were read, among many others.
- January 3, 2010. To celebrate the Three Wise Men day, the world's largest ring-shaped bread roll was made with an extension of 720 meters and a weight of 10 tons. To prepare it, 50,000 eggs and 3 tons of sugar were used.
- October 29, 2011. 4,125 people joined hands in Mexico City main square to form the world's largest human ribbon for the fight against breast cancer.
- January 5, 2012. On that day, the Baluarte Bridge of the Mazatlan-Durango Highway was completed, which is the highest bridge in the world, being 80 meters (262 feet) above the river. It is also the longest in Latin America.
Other Mexican Guinness records: soccer ball control; number of people dancing "Thriller"; largest torta (Mexican sub sandwich); largest massive nude; light saving lamps delivered free of charge; longest folding screen; biggest soccer tournament; more people making luck tricks of charreria; biggest hot chocolate cup; largest mural; largest enchilada; greatest number of people disguised as smurfs; and the longest danzon in history; amongst many more.