What is billed as the world's largest weather vane sits on the shores of White Lake in Montague, Michigan. It's 48 feet
tall with a 26-foot wind arrow and adorned with a 14-foot replica of a 19th-century Great Lakes schooner.
The world's largest coffee pot is located in Davidson, Saskatchewan. It measures 24 Feet(7.3 Meters) tall, is made of sheet
metal and could hold 150,000 8 ounce cups of coffee.
The Tokyo World Lanes Bowling Center is the largest bowling establishment in the world. It has 252 lanes and one very tired
The World's Largest Catsup Bottle stands proudly next to Route 159, just south of downtown Collinsville, Illinois. This
unique 170 ft. tall water tower was built in 1949 by W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant. In
1995, due to the efforts of the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group, this piece of local history was saved from demolition and
beautifully restored to its original appearance.
The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long, that's 70 straight days!
The longest Monopoly game in a bathtub was 99 hours long.
The highest wind velocity ever recorded in the United States was 231 miles per hour, on Mount Washington, New Hampshire,
Howard Kinsey and Mrs. R. Roark, during a game of tennis, batted the ball back and forth 2001 consecutive times.
The World's Largest yo-yo resides in the National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico, California. Named "Big Yo," the 256-pound yo-yo
is an exact scale replica of a Tom Kuhn "No Jive 3 in 1 Yo-Yo." Fifty inches tall and 31.5 inches wide, the yo-yo is made
of California sugar pine, Baltic birch from the former USSR, and hardrock maple. It was first launched in San Francisco on
October 13, 1979.
Victor Hugo's Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language—823 words without a period.
The largest web-footed bird is the albatross.
On July 31, 1994, Simon Sang Sung of Singapore turned a single piece of dough into 8,192 noodles in 59.29 seconds!
At 12 years old, an African named Ernest Loftus made his first entry in his diary and continued everyday for 91 years.
Toronto, Ontario was home to the biggest swimming pool in the world in 1925. It held 2000 swimmers, and was 300ft x 75ft.
It is still in operation.
In 1968, Steve McPeak traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles on a unicycle. The trip took him six weeks, but he planned for
the long bike journey. He brought an extra tire and a spare heinie.
The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, is cracked and has never
been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it, caretakers decided to throw water on
the bell. This did not succeed, as the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying
the bell forever.
Shakespeare's most talkative character is Hamlet. None of his other characters have as many lines in a single play. (Falstaff,
who appears in several plays, has more lines total).
The largest school in the world is a k-12 school in the Philippines, with an enrollment of about 25,000.
France had the first supermarket in the world. It was started by relatives of the people who started the Texas Big Bear
If you walked the entire length of the China's Great Wall, you would be walking farther than the distance between New York
City and Miami, Florida. The wall stretches for over 1,500 miles. The driving distance between New York and Miami is just
over 1,250 miles. Provided you don't get lost.
In Muddy, Illinois, the post office measures only 7½ by 10½ feet, about the size of a garden shed. If it wasn't for a sign
hanging above the door stating, "U.S. Post Office, Muddy, IL., 62965," finding the tiny, wooden building could be difficult.
It is believed to be one of the smallest post offices in the United States.
Zaire is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.
The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth - about half an inch a year —
is caused by the pressure exerted by two of the earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate)
pushing against one another.
The biggest hog ever recorded was a creature named Big Boy who weighed in at 1, 904 pounds.
Belgian driver Jenatzy was the first to reach a speed of over 100km/h in his electrically powered car 'La Jamais Contente'
Never mind what you saw in the film "The Poseidon Adventure." The biggest wave on record, reported by a reliable source,
was estimated to have attained a height of 112 feet. It was measured, at some distance, I hope, by a tanker traveling between
Manila and San Diego in 1933. The wind was blowing at 70 mph at the time.
On December 15, 1998, the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie, Illinois attempted to set the inaugural world's
record for largest number of dreidels to be spun at one time. At least 200 people were needed to set the record.
The shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the largest water clock in North America.
Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.
The Bible is the number one shoplifted book in America.
The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, USSR, in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny
and Goniusch after 30 hours.
Did you know that the beam of light shining from the top of the Luxor hotel is the most powerful in the world. The equivalent
of 40 billion candle power, the beam is visible to airplanes from a distance of 250 miles.
On March 16, 1970, a bidder at Sotheby & Company in London paid $20,000 for one glass paperweight.
Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
At the turn of the last millennium, Dublin Ireland had the largest slave market in the world, run by the Vikings.
The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is 1,149 feet tall, making it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
The Rogun Dam is the world's highest. The only problem is that it's located in Vakhsh, Tajikistan. Even downtown Vakhsh
is off the beaten tourist path.
The Pentagon is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State
Building in New York. It is one of the world's largest office buildings.
The smallest volcano in the world is Taal.
The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.
Bernard Clemmens of London managed to sustain a fart for an officially recorded time of 2 minutes 42 seconds.
The longest street in the world is Yonge Street, which starts in Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and winds
its way north then west to end at the Ontario-Manitoba-Minnesota border.
The Bingham Canyon copper mine in Utah is the biggest manmade hole on Earth. It is more than a half-mile deep and 2.5 miles
across. An astronaut can see this hole from the space shuttle with his bare eyes.
One of the world's tallest, fastest roller coasters: Buffalo Bill's 'Desperado'.
Westwood Studios' computer game 'Command and Conquer' is the most successful war game series of all time according to Guinness
Book of World Records.
Behram, an Indian thug, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840
with a piece of yellow and white cloth, called a ruhmal. The most by a woman is 610, by Countess Erzsebet Bathory of Hungary.
The world's biggest trap (called a bunker in Europe) is Hell's Half Acre on the 535 m 585 yd seventh hole of the Pine Valley
course, Clementon, NJ, built in 1912 and generally regarded as the world's most trying course.
The deepest canyon in low relief territory is Hell's Canyon, dividing Oregon and Idaho. It plunges 7,900 ft from the Devil
Mountain down to the Snake River.
The deepest canyon in the USA is Kings Canyon, East Fresno, CA, which runs through Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
The deepest point, that measures 8,200 ft, is in the Sierra National Park Forest section of the canyon.
The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith. It began in January 1981 and continued until September 1983.
It lasted for 978 days, and 4,687,514 gesundheits.
The mother of all mothers? The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765 a Russian
peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
According to the Airport Council International, Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, Georgia is the busiest airport in the world.
Hartsfield served 73,474,298 passengers in 1998, followed by Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, and London's Heathrow.
The escalator in the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia is the longest freestanding escalator in the world, rising 160 feet
or approximately eight stories in height.
Andrzej Makowski is the youngest person on record to receive a driver's license. He received his license when he was just
14 years and 8 months old.
As of September 1998, the highest recorded mileage for a car was 1,615,000 miles for a 1966 Volvo P-1800.
The A & P was the first chain-store business to be established. It began in 1842.
Christianity has over a billion followers. Islam is next in representation with half this number.
Groundbreaking is set to happen later this year in Chicago, Illinois for a new skyscraper. 7 South Dearborn Avenue will
rise to a height of 1,550 feet at its rooftop and an additional 450 feet of HDTV Antennas will be attached to it's roof. This
architectural marvel was inspired by the mast of a racing yacht and will sit on a 200ft lot. Currently the world's tallest
building is the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Towers measures 1,483ft.
The Corinthian columns in the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, are among the tallest in the world at 75 feet
high, 8 feet in diameter, 25 feet in circumference, each built of 70,000 bricks.
The largest incense stick ever made was almost fifteen-feet long and six-inches thick.
Jackie Bibby holds the record for sitting in a bathtub with the most live rattlesnakes. He sat in a tub with 35 of them.
The total area of Denver International Airport is 53 square miles, twice the size of Manhattan Island, New York, and larger
than the city boundary of Boston, Miami or San Francisco.
The greatest measured water discharge was an estimated 740,000-1,000,000 gallons by the Giant Geyser, in Yellowstone National
Park. However, this estimate made in the 1950s, was only a rough calculation.
The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk
15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.
The first skyscraper in the United States was built in Chicago.
The company, Kodak, is the largest user of silver.
The world's largest bullfighting ring is in Mexico City.
The world's largest Gothic cathedral is in new York City. It is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue
and 112th Street. The cathedral measures 601 feet long, 146 feet wide, and has a transept measuring 320 feet from end to end.
The world's longest suspension bridge opened to traffic on April 5, 1998. The 3,911-meter (12,831-feet) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
is 580 meters (1,900 feet) longer than the Humber Bridge in England, the previous record holder.
Lang Martin balanced seven golf balls vertically without adhesive at Charlotte, NC on 9 February 1980.
Boasting nearly 30 brewery locations, Nigeria has emerged as the largest beer-producing country in Africa. The continent's
8,000-year brewing history began with ancient Egyptian commercial brewing dynasties and still includes handmade tribal beers.
New York City has the most skyscrapers of any city in the world with 140. Chicago is a distant second at 68. The term "skyscraper"
technically describes all habitable buildings with a height of more than 500 ft (152m).
The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, opened in December, 1932. It originally
had 5,945 seats.
The largest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt but in Cholulu de Rivadahia, Mexico. It is 177 feet tall and covers 25
acres. It was built sometime between 6 and 12 AD.
The largest stained-glass window in the world is at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It can be seen on the
American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high.
Rainbow Bridge, Nature's abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone, is the world's largest natural-rock span, 278 feet
wide and 309 feet high. Technically, it is located in Utah just north of the Arizona state line, but "Arizona Highway's Travel
Arizona" book cites it as a local attraction.
The greatest snowfall ever in a single storm was 189 inches at the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl in February, 1959.
In 1935, Jesse Owens set six track and field world records in less than one hour.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens.
A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to
Karen Roman grew the world's largest cauliflower. It weighed 22 pounds.
Diane Sheer holds the record for licking the most stamps in a five minute period. She slobbered on 225 of the little things.
The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811 in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more
than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.
Strangeray Springs cattle station in South Australia is the largest ranch in the world. It's area, 30,029 square kilometers,
and is only slightly smaller than the European country of Belgium.
At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is 3 times the size of Texas. By comparison Iceland
is only 39,800 square miles.
Most insects used in a film: 22 million bees in The Swarm.
Hawaii's Mount Waialeale is the wettest place in the world - it rains about ninety per cent of the time, about 480 inches
When stuntman and parachutist Dar Robinson leaped from the ledge of the 1,170 foot high CN Tower in Toronto, he was paid
$150,000, the most ever for a single stunt.
Tom Wolfe was paid $5 million for the film rights to his novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, the most ever earned by
The CN Tower, in Toronto, is the tallest free standing structure in the world.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world.
The Sahara desert has the highest sand dunes.
The world's widest river is the Amazon river.
The oldest public park in the U.S. is Boston Common.
The surface speed record on the moon is 10.56 miles per hour. It was set in a lunar rover.
The Angel of the North, Gateshead, UK, with a wingspan of 177 ft/54 m, is the largest sculpture of an angel in the world.
The oldest domestic cat was a male named Grandpa that lived to be 34 years, 2 months, and 4 hours.
The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed 24,000 pounds. It was found in a herring weir in
New Brunswick in 1930. The harmless Whale Shark, holds the title of largest fish, with the record being a 59-footer captured
in Thailand in 1919.