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

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.