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The largest bound book in the world is The Klencke Atlas. A 1.75 meter tall by 1.9 meter wide tome that is so heavy six people are necessary to lift it. It was presented as a gift to Charles II of England by Johannes Klencke in 1660. The atlas contains 37 printed wall maps.

University of Florida: Lightning Research Laboratory - a thin wire attached to a rocket acts as a kind of fuse, coaxing a bolt of lightning down the so-called plasma channel to the grounded metal launcher.

PopSci's 25 Most Awesome College Labs 2011

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Neil Fingleton is an English actor and former basketball player. He is also the tallest British-born man at 7'7''. He is a 'true giant' in that his height is not caused by a disease or condition. His brother is 6'9'', his sister 6'2'' and both his parents were 6 feet tall.

A high school student was sucked out of an airplane after it was struck by lightning. She fell 3.2 kilometers to the ground still strapped to her chair and lived. Only to endure a 9 day walk to the nearest civilzation. She was the sole survivor of 93 passengers and crew in the December 24, 1971, crash of LANSA Flight 508 in the Peruvian rainforest

The Woman Who Fell to Earth | VICE United States

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Giant Stingray: These fish can grow to 16 feet and 1,200 pounds. It's believed to lurk on muddy river bottoms of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. In the Amazon, they're known as "wish-you-were-dead fish" because of their painful sting. When it stings you, it gets a barb which can be up to 8 inches long, in your flesh that injects a painful poison.

40 Meanest Fish

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This NZ sheep avoided shearing for 6 years by hiding in caves ... it had enough fleece for 20 suits when it was finally sheared. Hopefully it felt a bit cooler and lighter afterwards!

Harold Hodges was a colorful character at Lightning Ridge during the 60’s and 70’s. Harold used to wear these dentures around town and eventually grew tired of being asked to smile for photos, so instead he had the denture cemented into the wall of the Diggers Rest Hotel. They are now on display at the Australian Opal Centre.

Caddisfly larvau build protective cases using materials found in their environment. Artist Hubert Duprat supplied them with gold leaf and precious stones. This is what they created.

A 300 ft (100 m) high wall found in Bolivia with over 5000 dinosaur footprints, in over 462 discreet trails. This wonderful picture is so full of geology it makes my head spin. If you zoom in on the picture (higher resolution here) you’ll see the dinosaur footprints – there’s over 400 discreet trails. a huge number; the natural question after this, of course is how did they end up sideways ?

Meet James Lewis & James Springer, identical twins were separated at 3 weeks of age & adopted by different families in Ohio. They met when they were 39, and lived within 45 miles of each other. Both had been named James by their adopted family. Both had worked as sheriff's deputies, married a woman named Linda, both divorced, both remarried a woman named Betty. One named a son James Alan, the other named his son James Allan. And they both had a dog named Toy.

Curiosidades: Gemelos Jim Springer Jim Lewis

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Then and now photos...Just amazing images!

The History Channel's advertising campaign ..incredible

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It was on a clear, windless day a year ago that Southern Cross University researcher and amateur photographer Richard Wylie (pictured above) went for a dive in the cool waters of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and snapped a photograph of an incubating male weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus).

The berries of Pollia condensata were found to produce the most intense color in the natural world. Image via PNAS

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

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