Tag: world record

Jul 20, 2013

Picture of the Day: A Mighty Iceberg in Greenland

Picture of the Day: A Mighty Iceberg in Greenland

A MIGHTY ICEBERG IN GREENLAND Photograph by Rita Willaert In this fantastic capture by Rita Willaert, we see a large iceberg in Northeast Greenland National Park. The iceberg was spotted at 70°N 26°W. Northeast Greenland National Park is the world’s largest and most northerly national park. It protects 972,001 km2 (375,000 sq…

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Jul 2, 2013

Picture of the Day: Badlands National Park

Picture of the Day: Badlands National Park

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK Photograph by Jsoo1 on Wikimedia Commons Badlands National Park is a national park in southwestern South Dakota that protects 242,756 acres (98,240 ha) of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. On January 29, 1939, it was established…

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Jun 27, 2013

Picture of the Day: Yale’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Picture of the Day: Yale’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Yale’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library Photograph by Lauren Manning The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (BRBL) at Yale University was a 1963 gift of the Beinecke family. The building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Gordon Bunshaft of the firm of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. It is the largest building…

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Jun 12, 2013

ISS Cupola: The Window to the World

ISS Cupola: The Window to the World

The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). Its seven windows are used to conduct experiments, dockings and observations of Earth. It was launched aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-130 on 8 February 2010 and attached to the Tranquility (Node 3) module. The Cupola’s 80 cm (31 in) window is…

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May 24, 2013

World’s Largest LEGO Model is a 5.3m Piece X-Wing

World’s Largest LEGO Model is a 5.3m Piece X-Wing

Photograph by LEGO On May 23, 2013, LEGO unveiled the world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, in New York’s Times Square. The massive replica took 32 master builders, five million LEGO bricks and over 17,000 hours to complete. The model weighs nearly 20,865 kilograms (46,000 pounds),…

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May 5, 2013

Picture of the Day: World’s Shortest Escalator

Picture of the Day: World’s Shortest Escalator

WORLD’S SHORTEST ESCALATOR Photograph by TOKYO ESCALATOR Located in the basement of More’s Department Store in Kawasaki, Japan is the world’s shortest escalator. With only 5 steps, the escalator has a modest rise of 32.8 inches (83.4 cm). It was recognized as the world’s shortest escalator by the Guinness Book of Records…

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May 4, 2013

A Gigantic Rubber Duck Makes Its First Visit to China

A Gigantic Rubber Duck Makes Its First Visit to China

Artwork by Florentijn Hofman | Photograph by South China Morning Post Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck has made its first visit to China. From May 2 – June 9, the 16.5 meter (54 ft) inflatable rubber duck will be bobbing around from Ocean Terminal to Harbour City, Hong Kong. Hofman’s inflatable rubber duck…

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Apr 10, 2013

Behind the Scenes of the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Behind the Scenes of the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

The Allure of the Seas is the largest passenger ship ever constructed and the statistics are simply mind-boggling: – 225,282 GRT (gross register tonnage) – 1,187 feet (362 meters) long – 215 feet (66 meters) wide – 213 feet (65 meters) high from the water line – 30 feet (9.1 meters) draft – 22 knots…

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Mar 7, 2013

Picture of the Day: Dunmore Head, Ireland

Picture of the Day: Dunmore Head, Ireland

DUNMORE HEAD, IRELAND Photograph by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen on Wikimedia Commons At the end of the Dingle Peninsula lies the picturesque area you see above, Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland (excluding the islands). The photograph was taken by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen from Slea Head. The peninsula is named after the…

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Feb 21, 2013

The Largest Floating Stage in the World

The Largest Floating Stage in the World

Located in Singapore, the Float at Marina Bay is the largest floating stage in the world. Made entirely of steel, the floating platform measures 120 meters (393.7 ft) long and 83 meters (272.3 ft) wide. The platform can bear 1,070 tonnes and is fixed to the seabed by six pylons. The gallery at the…

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