Apart from being the country that hosted the world's largest ever cult mass-suicide, at Jonestown in 1978, when over 900 people killed themselves, Guyana was the birthplace and home of Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who has been described as the world's most successful lawyer.
Between 1940 and 1985, Luckhoo successfully acted in 245 consecutive cases in which his client was accused of murder, securing acquittals in all of them. He also owns several racehorses, an island and a hotel, and was a good amateur magician and a member of the Magic Circle.
When Forbes Burnham became the first Prime Minister of an independent Guyana in 1966, one of his early acts was the ban the import of flour, split peas, cooking oil, butter, cheese, salted fish, pickled meats, preserved fruits, most canned items, and any food perceived as "luxury". This led to economic chaos and long food queues.
Burnham died in mysterious circumstances in 1985 and his body was flown to Moscow where it was pickled and preserved by a team led by Dr Debov, who also looked after the mummified body of Lenin. The body was sent back to Guyana, but with a change in policy following Burnham's death, the corpse was not put on display as intended, but had to be buried. 'It was a terrible waste,' said Debov.