The man measuring Russell Books’ attempt at tallest pile of books

WatchJoe Perkins sits down with a Guinness World Records adjudicator to learn about the job and some of the most bizarre records he has ever witnessed.

Philip Robertson has seen it all.

Tallest man. Longest dog tongue. The world’s largest cheeseburger.

On Thursday, the Guinness World Records adjudicator was in Victoria to hopefully add another remarkable record to his list: the tallest stack of Guinness World Records books.

The attempt was organized by Victoria’s Russell Books as a way to celebrate the store’s new location on Fort Street.

On Thursday evening, the store announced they had broken the record.

We did it!!! @guinnessworldrecords

Posted by Russell Books on Thursday, November 14, 2019

In order to officially clinch the record, an adjudicator like Robertson needs to witness the attempt.

“Everything has to be measured the same way,” he told CHEK News.

He admits he has one of the most unique jobs on the planet.

The former journalist and photographer travels all over North America witnessing world record attempts.

“I was in Dallas last week for the most people trying to hit golf balls simultaneously in multiple venues.”

Other records he’s been on hand for include the most people on fire at one time, the largest bacon sandwich, and the most layers in a sandwich (it was a fluffernutter sandwich which includes marshmallows and peanut butter).

Robertson has travelled to Seattle and Kansas City to witness both cities try to clinch the record for the loudest sports stadium.

He says the ground shook beneath his feet when the crowds erupted.

He’s also witnessed the highest blindfold tightrope walk, the fast production car, the largest pizza box collection and the largest gingerbread house.

“All of those records have stories and all of those stories are things I’ll remember forever, and those are the bits that remind me how lucky I am,” he says.

The Guinness World Records book was first published in 1951.




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