STORM CENTER: We love setting records

As a people, we have always been fascinated with the biggest, the tallest and strongest.
We love world records, and that’s what drove the creation of Guinness World Records, the ultimate authority on record-breaking achievements.
Guinness World Records celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.
The idea for a book of records began when Sir Hugh Beaver, Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, attended a shooting party in Wexford County, England.
There was an argument about what the fastest game bird in Europe was, but they couldn’t find the answer in any reference book.
Twins Norris and Ross McWhirter were charged to compile a book on facts and figures.
The first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was published in 1955. The initial print run was for 50,000 books.
It becomes an instant smash hit, and named top-selling book in the United Kingdom.
Montague County has become a travel destination as the site for “The World’s Largest Bowie Knife,” which was the brainchild of the late Bob Hadley.
The privately-funded project has become an incredible draw for Bowie, and the county.
“We are so proud to be officially recognized as having the World’s Largest Bowie Knife,” said Bowie Chamber of Commerce executive director Diane Thomlinson.
“It was a four-year endeavor from inception to completion of the knife,” Thomlinson continued. “So many citizens of Bowie came together in planning and fundraising to make this possible.”
Thomlinson reported visitors have ventured to Bowie from places around the world, including Brazil and England, just to see the 14-foot, 5-inch high steel blade.
The implement weighs an astonishing 3,000 pounds and is 20-feet long.
The executive director said a future goal is to trademark the phrase “World’s Largest Bowie Knife” so the Chamber may sell officially licensed merchandise.
She also said the city is in the process of updating signage along United States Highway 287 with the “World’s Largest Bowie Knife” moniker and detail other offerings from the community. Read more from this column in the Aug. 5 Bowie News.

Editor’s Note: These are the expressed views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not necessarily The Bowie News.

The Decatur-based washer-pitching tournament, known as “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is,” was once the site of a Guiness World Record. (News photo by Dani Blackburn)