3... 2... 1... We have lift off on another fully revised and updated Guinness World Records annual. The 2023 edition takes readers on a journey that's out of this world, revealing the latest and greatest record-breaking achievements here on Planet Earth and across the vast distances of space.
As lockdown restrictions ease, humanity's horizons are expanding once again, and our world is experiencing unprecedented change - in the environment, culture, technology and society. Keeping up with this dizzying revolution are the Guinness World Records adjudicators, who've been busier than ever documenting the Officially Amazing. The result is Guinness World Records 2023! With ever more focus on diversity and inclusion, we showcase the most inspirational, eye-catching, mind-blowing achievements from the past year, across a multitude of topics such as gaming and the human body, engineering and wildlife.
* We start with a tour of space, exploring astronomical superlatives in a chapter dedicated to the latest developments in the New Space Race... from tech innovators and pioneering space tourists to the latest planetary landers and the new James Webb Space Telescope - the largest of its kind
* Back down to Earth, we continue our expedition, delving deep into the natural world to encounter the animal kingdom's mightiest - and most bizarre - beasts. We whip out the binoculars for some breath-taking birdwatching and honour history's bravest two- and four-legged heroes
* Get up close and personal with the most iconic human beings - the tallest, shortest, strongest and hairiest on the planet. And be amazed at the extraordinary skills on display from the jugglers, rock-climbers, freestylers and mermaids (yes, mermaids!) who populate the Extraordinary Exploits chapter
* To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, we dedicate a chapter to a whistlestop tour of our planet, pointing out the recordworthy geographical landmarks, tourist hot-spots and cultural phenomena
* The Modern World chapter charts our ever-changing society, taking in everything from cryptocurrency and positive action to fast food and TikTok stardom!
* Our team of gaming consultants and editors have picked out the Top 25 Greatest Gaming Records of all time - does your favourite game get a mention?
* We end the book with every significant new sporting achievement logged in the 30-page Sports section