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Alain Robert, known as French Spiderman, always insists on the best possible view and is happy to scale some of the worlds most teetering skyscrapers to secure it. One of his latest visits was at the 185 metre-high Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Building and, opting for the al fresco route, scuttled up the 35 storeys in a record 63 minutes, as tens of thousands of spectators craned their necks far below.
World's Craziest Stunts (stunts, crazy stunts) - ODDEE
Near Hudson Lake in Manitoba, German wildlife photographer Norbert Rosing spotted a polar bear coming near his sled dogs. He took pictures of what he thought would be the end of his dogs. But amazingly, the bear came back every night for a week to play with the dogs.
Elephants are among the most emotional creatures in the world. They have been known to rescue other animals such as trapped dogs.
This fawn and bobcat were found in an office together, cuddling under a desk after a forest fire.
Most people have heard of Koko, the gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. When Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off.
This mynah bird has got people talking by becoming best pals with a dog. The pair are so inseparable their owner has built a perch so the bird can ride around on the dog's back. Owner Qiao Yu says the animals became best friends after being kept in the same room together at his home in Jinan, in northern China's Shandong Province. He says the dog starts barking if anyone tries to approach the mynah. The mynah returns the favour by catching fleas on the dog and combing its hair while it sleeps.
Zeus is a Great Dane and stands 44 inches or 1.118 meters high. He was named the world's tallest dog by the Guinness Book of World Records and is owned by Denise Doorlag of Otsego, Michigan. No problem getting a drink for this guy!
The Basic House by Martin Azua is a temporary house that can be folded up to fit in your pocket. Created from a metalized polyester material, when unfolded it self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun to provide an instant shelter. Once inside the shelter, the material reflects your body heat to keep the user warm. If reversed the material will reflect the sun to keep a cool interior.
For the cost of one penny, this vending machine would deliver one cigarette at a time, pre-lit and ready to smoke. England, 1931.
On December 31, 2008 in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah Georgia, 17-year-old Jesse Greathouse took a video of this apparition. It appears to be a small child running in the distance. He appears gray, either due to the lighting or his clothing. He then appears to leap into a tree, then drop down and vanish. Jesse says he did not manipulate the tape in any way, and a special-effects expert says that it doesn't look like the video was faked.
Florence Nightingale always felt she was on the verge of death. She finally succumbed to the great reaper in 1910 at the grand old age of 90, having spent the previous 57 years almost entirely bedridden.
The Lovers of Valdaro, locked in an eternal embrace, were believed to be no older than twenty years of age when death occurred. Tragically, their story is unknown. Ironically, they were found in the city of Mantua in Italy - the same city Shakespeare chose to set the story of Romeo & Juliet.
This light bulb has been working continuously for 110 years. It was made by a competitor to Thomas Edison named Adolphe Chailet and is located at Fire Station Number 6 in Livermore, CA. It has survived earthquakes, moves, and changes in voltage and still provides light. It hangs outside the fire station and lights a small area. Chailet designed lightbulbs to last indefinitely but for some reason people didn't like his bulb and he went out of business.
World's Oldest Light Bulb That Still Works
CON MAN? Thomas Edison, and he goes down as one of the biggest assholes in modern history. He built a reputation as a great inventor by stealing or buying the ideas of more talented men. He went out of his way to discredit & destroy the careers of his competition. The list of things he didn't invent, but took credit for includes: the light bulb, x-ray photography, movies, audio recording, the electric chair & wax paper. He also did not invent the use of AC electricity that now powers the world.
In the late 1800s, one suffering from impotence, addiction to morphine, or belly aches might be prescribed John Pemberton’s French Wine of Coca. The wine concoction contained caffeine and 8 1/2 milligrams of cocaine (equivalent to snorting about 1/2 line). Though after 1903 you know it as Coca Cola.
Want to know what was in this amazing syrup? Well, one grain (65 mg) of morphine per fluid ounce, cannabis, heroin and powdered opium, which were the active ingredients to put your little one to sleep. It also had sodium carbonate, spirits foeniculi, and aqua ammonia in it, because....why not? Removed from the market in 1938 after 89 years of service!
Used to be named Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda! This soon got shortened to 7Up Lithiated Lemon Soda, and then just 7Up in 1936. Because lithium is used as one of the most common treatments for bipolar disorder! Charles Grigg, included this substance in the soda's formula because he thought it could be used as a selling point. He believed the naturally-occurring lithia found in underground springs could be promoted as a mood regulator.
Violetta 'The Half Woman' was born around 1906 without arms or legs. She performed in many famous circuses and sideshows. She moved herself by hopping from place to place on the bottom of her torso, and was able to manipulate objects with her mouth enough to comb her own hair, dress herself, thread a needle, and sew. Violetta was married and wore her wedding band on a gold chain around her neck.
Wally Hanson, a retired Albany New York policeman, got an unexpected surprise. While visiting his dentist for a routine check up, a mysterious object was discovered in a tooth. “It’s weird as hell.” He said. ”It’s a tiny electronic implant of some sort. I have no idea how it got there. It wasn’t there when I had my teeth X-rayed a year ago.” His dentist, Dr. Fred Wallington said. “I've never seen anything like this. There is no opening anywhere near the implant. No scarring or filling."
Alexandria’s Genesis, also known as ”violet eyes” (a mutation). When someone is born with Alexandria’s Genesis, his eyes are blue or gray at birth. After six months, the eyes begin to change their original color to purple, and it lasts six months. During puberty, the color deepens to dark purple, a purple color, a royal purple, or blue-violet and remains so. It does not affect a person’s vision, and women that are born with this genetic mutation do not menstruate, but are fully fertile.
Some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell. Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married began.