IT was 1955, the year that Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister, James Dean was killed and a new book was published - the start of 60 years of extraordinary and wacky feats in a bid to get into the coveted pages of the Guinness World Records.
It can take any number of things to make it into the famous book, a special skill, hard work and training, a collection amassed over years or simply having a freakishly long tongue.
And to celebrate its 60th edition, the latest edition, out tomorrow, reflects back on more than half a century of record breaking as well as featuring the latest additions to the hall of fame.
Among the weird and wonderful included are Californian Nick Stoeberl, recognised for having the world’s longest tongue at 10.1cm, and Lancashire film buff Nick Bennett, who earned his place in the Christmas present favourite for having the largest James Bond collection.
The 47-year-old from Leigh owns 12,463 pieces of memorabilia, contained in a shrine in his house.
Mr Bennett said: “It’s a dream come true. As a child I read the book from cover to cover and I cannot believe that I will actually be in this year’s book as an official record holder - pinch me.”
A host of Yorkshire record breakers from over the years were also picked from the thousands of records to appear.
They include Bradford dustbin man Wayne Mahomet, who holds the record for the highest vertical drop on a bicycle at 4.1m, performed in Orkney in August last year.
But the stunt almost went terribly wrong for the former semi-professional rider, who landed head-first on his initial attempt.
Mr Mahomet, 30, said: “I’d wanted to break the record for such a long time, I was ecstatic when I landed it. It was voted in the top five records broken in 2013.”
Bradford College is in the books for creating the largest samosa, at 110.8 kg (244 lb 4 oz), in June 2012. And Leeds collector Samhar Moafaq Noori Ahmed is highlighted for having the largest collection of stamps featuring sea life - 2,775.
As well as the top picks from the 60 years, all the latest records are also featured, including Gomersal runner Lisa Wright, 45, for the fastest marathon dressed as a playing card, after completing the London Marathon 4 hours 23 minutes 57 seconds.
Mrs Wright, who next year will run with a 20lb weight on her back, said: “It was always my ambition. I’d ran it the year before but missed out on my time.”
Guinness World Records editor Craig Glenday said: “This is an important landmark edition for Guinness World Records, giving us the opportunity to look back at how records have changed over these six extraordinary decades.
“Of course, we’ve still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from... and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut.
“Added to this, we’ve got all-new Augmented Reality features - which conjure up record-holders in full, animated 3D before your eyes - making it a truly bumper edition.”