Guinness Records And Guinness Beer: 5 Companies You Never Realized Were Related

By Grace Taylor

A view of two pints of Guinness, in Dublin's pub. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Beer And Trivia

The Guinness World Records came about the way all great things do: from an argument about birds. In 1951, Guinness Brewery managing director Hugh Beaver got into an argument over whether or not a golden plover was the fastest game bird (it was) but had no way of proving he was right to his companion. Later, he told fellow Guinness employee Christopher Chataway that there ought to be some easily readable book with all the world records inside so that people would have ways to easily settle factoid squabbles. They took this idea to publishers, and thus was born the The Guinness Book Of Superlatives, later to be simply called Guinness World Records. More than 100 million copies of various editions have been sold through the years.

Tires And Taste

Not only does Michelin tell you the hottest spots to dine in town, they'll give you the wheels to get there, too! After a successful 11 years in the tire business, brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin came up with a great scheme to encourage people to drive more by creating guides to hotels and destinations and developing a star rating system for notable restaurants. If a restaurant got three stars, it was well worth the drive. Since then, the Michelin Guide has taken on a life of its own, with many world-renowned chefs struggling to maintain their high status. The three-star rating is so prestigious that Michelin inspectors remain completely anonymous in order to get a true feel of the restaurant and often require many visits before deciding on a ranking. As of 2022, there are only 135 three-star restaurants in the world.

Dole pineapple maze on Oahu. (ErgoSum88/Wikimedia Commons)

Politics And Bananas

Stanford Dole is known for his infamous takeover of the Hawaii Islands, ousting the last monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani, from her throne and serving as the President of the Republic of Hawaii until its annexation to the United States in 1898. Meanwhile, his cousin, James Dole, was getting busy on the islands establishing his Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which unsurprisingly experienced major success after the annexation, as food products shipped to the mainland were no longer taxed as imports. It was later renamed the Dole Food Company and is still one of the major suppliers of fruits to the United States.

Arms And Hammers

Armand Hammer was an extremely successful American businessman who was best known for his stewardship of the Occidental Petroleum Corporation, but according to him, he was named after the "arm and hammer" imagery that was popular in the iconography of the socialist world his family lived in. After getting tired of being constantly asked if he owned the Arm & Hammer baking soda company, he decided to buy a hefty amount of stock, which got him onto the company's board of directors. Actor Armie Hammer is Armand's great-grandson.

Yamaha Corp. in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. (Lombroso/Wikimedia Commons)

Keys And Pedals

The Japanese-based Yamaha Corporation was originally founded by Torakusu Yamaha, who made his money manufacturing musical instruments, most notably the organ. The company is still famous today for being one of the most competitive players in the piano business. However, during World War II, they literally shifted gears and repurposed their factories to meet the demands of the war effort. After discovering they were pretty good at producing motorcycles, too, they established the Yamaha Motor Company.

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