Archive for January, 2014

Most Expensive Car

This is the world’s most expensive model car. The Bugatti Veyron [ad300] Diamond Ltd is on sale for two million pounds – twice as much as the real thing. Liverpool-based designer Stuart Hughes took two months to create the intricate 1:18 scale model in partnership with Swiss luxury model car maker Robert Gulpen. Weighing in at 7kg, it has been created with platinum, solid 24ct gold, and a 7.2ct single cut flawless diamond on its front grill. The 10 inch car also boats functional steering and a highly detailed engine. In a limited edition of three, owners also get a certification of authenticity, an aluminium case and photo documentation of the manufacturing process.

Most Expensive Bicycle

The Aurumania Gold Bike Crystal edition is plated almost entirely plated with 24 karat gold… right down to the spokes. This unique bicycle can be purchased for a mere €80,000 (US $114,464), and delivered anywhere in the world.

Most Expensive Jeans

The Spin Jeans comprise of only 8 instances worldwide with a suggested retail price of ¥2,625,000 JPY (approximately $27,000 USD).

Most Expensive Suit

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Made from cashmere wool, skill, and studded with 480 high quality diamonds it’s easy to see why the suit is expensive.  But at a whopping £599,000, the price-tag could be enough to make even the most wealthy Russian oligarch think twice before handing over his credit-card.

Most Expensive Whisky

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The Macallan Fine and Rare Collection, 1926, 60 Years Old Price: $38,000.

Most Expensive Omelette

A London restaurant is offering what it claims is the world’s most expensive omelette, a £90 dish made from gulls’ eggs.

Most Expensive Wine

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$500,000 (for charity) – Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992. An imperial (six-litre bottle) of Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 technically fetched the highest price ever paid for a bottle of wine. However, the price must be discounted as its purchase, at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000, was for charitable purposes.

Most Expensive Beer

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A London restaurant has brought out a bottle of what is believed to be the world’s most expensive beer, costing £700 a bottle. The 12-litre bottle of Vieille Bon Secours ale has been stored for the last 10 years and has an alcoholic volume of 8 per cent.

Most Expensive House

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Antilia is a residential complex built by Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, in Mumbai, India. It is reported to be the most expensive home in the world and includes a staff of 600 to maintain the residence.

Most Expensive Hotel Room

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Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens (doubles from £30,500 per night)  Featuring a dedicated butler, chef and pianist, the Royal Villa overlooks the Aegean Sea, which you can view from a private pool with a hydro massage device.

Most Expensive Phone

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The world’s most expensive iPhone to date is the 32 GB iPhone 4 Diamond Rose by Stuart Hughes. With a price of about $8 million the phone’s bezel is made of rose and approximately 500 individual flawless diamonds that total over 100ct.

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Howler Monkey

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The loudest land animal is the Howler monkey whose deep growls can travel up to 3 miles in the forest.

Blue Whale

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At 188 decibels, the Blue whale is the loudest mammal of all with its deep sound traveling hundreds of miles across the deep oceans.

Oil Bird

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The Oilbird (oil bird) is the loudest bird with it’s high pitched clicking sounds.

Cicada

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Some cicadas produce sounds up to 120 dB  among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds. This is notable because the song is loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss in humans should the cicada sing just outside the listener’s ear.

1. The Incredible Brain (Daniel Tammet)

Daniel Paul Tammet is a British high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical calculations, sequence memory, and natural language learning. He was born with congenital childhood epilepsy. Experiencing numbers as colors or sensations is a well-documented form of synesthesia, but the detail and specificity of Tammet’s mental imagery of numbers is unique. In his mind, he says, each number up to 10,000 has its own unique shape and feel, that he can “see” results of calculations as landscapes, and that he can “sense” whether a number is prime or composite. He has described his visual image of 289 as particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful. Tammet not only verbally describes these visions, but also creates artwork, particularly watercolor paintings, such as hispainting of Pi.

Tammet holds the European record for memorising and recounting pi to 22,514 digits in just over five hours. He also speaks a variety of languages including English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto. He particularly likes Estonian, because it is rich in vowels. Tammet is creating a new language called Mänti. Tammet is capable of learning new languages very quickly. To prove this for theChannel Five documentary, Tammet was challenged to learn Icelandic in one week. Seven days later he appeared on Icelandic television conversing in Icelandic, with his Icelandic language instructor saying it was “not human.”

2. The Boy who can “see” with sound (Ben Underwood

Ben Underwoodtaught is blind, both of his eyes were removed (cancer) when he was 3. Yet, he plays basketball, rides on a bicycle, and lives a quite normal life. He taught himself to use echo location to navigate around the world. With no guide-dogs, he doesn’t even need hands: he uses sound. Ben makes a short click sound that bounces back from objects. Amazingly, his ears pick up the ecos to let him know where the objects are. He’s the only person in the world who sees using nothing but eco location, like a sonar or a dolphin.

3. The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith)

Five time Guiness Record holder, The Rubberboy is the most flexible man alive and the most famous contortionist. He has been in many professional basketball or baseball games and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ESPN’s Sports Center, Oprah Winfrey, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Cirque du Soleil, Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Discovery Channel, Men in Black 2, HBO’s Carnivale, and CSI: NY and American got a talent. He dislocates his arms to crawl through an unstrung tennis racquet. He performs contortion handstands and unique acrobatics.

4.Mister Eat-it-All (Michel Lotito)

Michel Lotito (born 1950) is a French entertainer, famous as the consumer of undigestables, and is known as Monsieur Mangetout (Mister Eat-it-all). Lotito’s performances are the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and so on in items such as bicycles, televisions, a Cessna 150, and smaller items which are disassembled, cut-up and swallowed. The aircraft took roughly two years to be ‘eaten’ from 1978 to 1980. He began eating unusual material while a child and has been performing publicly since 1966. Lotito does not often suffer from ill-effects due to his diet, even after the consumption of materials usually considered poisonous. When performing he consumes around a kilogram of material daily, preceding it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water during the ‘meal’. He apparently possesses a stomach and intestine with walls of twice the expected thickness, and his digestive acids are, allegedly, unusually powerful, allowing him to digest a certain portion of his metallic meals.Watch the Video at YouTube.

5. King Tooth (Rathakrishnan Velu)

On August 30, 2007, the eve of Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day, Rathakrishnan Velu (or Raja Gigi, as he is known locally) broke his own world record for pulling train with his teeth, this time with 6 coaches attached weighing 297.1 tons over a distance of 2.8 metres at the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Raja Gigi, from Tampin in Malaysia learned a technique of concentrating his powers to any part of his body from an Indian guru at a young age of 14.

6. The Magnetic Man (Liew Thow Lin)

Liew Thow Lin, a 70-year-old retired contractor in Malaysia, recently made news for pulling a car twenty meters along a level surface by means of an iron chain hooked to an iron plate on his midriff. He says that he discovered he had the amazing ability to make objects stick “magnetically” to his skin, and now he’s added car-pulling to his repertoire. After reading an article about a family in Taiwan who possessed such power, he says he took several iron objects and put them on his abdomen, and to his surprise, all the objects including an iron, stuck on his skin and didn’t fall down. Since this “gift” is also present in three of his sons and two grandchildren, he figures it’s hereditary.

7. The Man who doesn’t Sleep (Thai Ngoc)

Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights. “I don’t know whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still healthy and can farm normally like others,” Ngoc said. Proving his health, the elderly resident of Que Trung commune, Que Son district said he can carry two 50kg bags of fertilizer down 4km of road to return home every day. His wife said, “My husband used to sleep well, but these days, even liquor cannot put him down.” She said when Ngoc went to Da Nang for a medical examination, doctors gave him a clean bill of health, except a minor decline in liver function. Ngoc currently lives on his 5ha farm at the foot of a mountain busy with farming and taking care of pigs and chickens all day. His six children live at their house in Que Trung. Ngoc often does extra farm work or guards his farm at night to prevent theft, saying he used three months of sleepless nights to dig two large ponds to raise fish.

8. The Torture King (Tim Cridland)

Tim Cridland doesn’t seem to feel pain like the rest of people. He astounded everyone by pushing needles into his arms without flinching and he now performs a terrifying act for audiences all over America. Scientific tests have shown that Tim can tolerate much higher levels of pain than are humanly possible. He explains that, by using mind over matter, he is able to push skewers through his body and put up with extreme heat and cold unharmed – but to do this safely he has extensively studied human anatomy, because puncturing an artery could be fatal.

9. The Lion Whisperer (Kevin Richardson)

Animal behaviourist Kevin Richardson says he relies on instinct to win the hearts and form an intimate bond with the big cats. He can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of being attacked. His magic works not only work for lions but other animals such as cheetahs, leopards and even hyenas do not hold a threat against him. Lions are his favourites and its a wonder how he can play, carress, cuddle with them whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick steel. Its a dangerous job but to Kevin, its more of a passion for him.

10. The Eye-Popping Man (Claudio Pinto)

Claudio Pinto can pop both of his eyes 4 cm (about 1 and a half inch) or 95% out of their sockets. He’s now aiming (poppin’?) for a world record. Mr Pinto has undergone various tests and doctors say they have never seen or heard of a person who can pop the eyes as much as him. Mr Pinto, from Belo Horizonte, said: “It is a pretty easy way to make money. “I can pop my eyes out four centimetres each, it is a gift from God, I feel blessed.”

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Veres

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Originally was prepared from the blood drained from the pig’s cut throat. The blood was boiled until merely cooked and minced like meat, then it was added boiled pig organs also minced and pieces of boiled bacon. All the ingredients were mixed with salt, pepper, hot paprika and water from the boiled organs and after that the composition was packed inside cleaned pig intestines.

Criadillas

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Criadillas are bull testicles. As everyone knows, from the dawn of times eating manly parts of a slain animal was considered a source of virility. Still consuming such a dish takes a bit of the chart to taste for adventure. It is said they are very tasty but I guess it takes a lot of courage to take on the trial of trying them.

Silk Worms

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Typical Asian dish, Korean to be more specific, this food became popular all over the US and also in the great cities of Europe where the Korean restaurants became popular.

Initially containing rotted baby worms not reaching maturity, the recipe became more elaborate and started using mainly male worms “harvested” after dieing posterior the female fertilization. The worms are rolled through flour and bread crumbs and fried in palm oil and after that served with a sweet-sour sauce.

Donkey Penis

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The latest trend in Chinese kitchen where anything eatable becomes fair game; this dish is something out of a horror movie. Setting apart the disgusting idea and considering only the presentation of this “phallic gourmet” dish, one’s stomach may turn upside down at the sight of something purple hanging in a Chinese meat store or presented on a lettuce platter at dinner.

Snake Blood

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Drained from slain king cobras in Thailand it is served as it is or mixed in drinks and is supposed to grant strange virility increasing and magical healing.

Scorpion Soup

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Scorpion soup – as its name implies, is a soup made from scorpions. Preparing and eating scorpion soup can be a dangerous task as Wing Li from China recently discovered when he was stung by three as he tried to throw them in the pot. He was making the soup to help ease his rheumatism. Scorpions are eaten in the south of China. They are reared in ‘ranches’, mostly in people’s homes, then sold in the markets. Scorpions have a woody taste and should be eaten whole, except for the tip of the tail – though some recipes suggest that the venom in the tail is rendered harmless by cooking.

Raw Blood Soup

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Raw blood soup (ti?t canh in Vietnamese) is a dish made with raw blood of ducks or geese (sometimes pigs), with peanuts and herbs on top. This is the typical protein-rich breakfast of the country people in Northern Vietnam, but is very dangerous because of the H5N1 bird flu virus. This is made by taking fresh blood and sticking it in the fridge to gently congeal. Raw blood soup is a Vietnamese dish which is usually consumed while drinking alcohol and it is one that makes very little effort appeal to the taste buds of the non-Vietnamese diner. Usually you will find a few chopped peanuts scattered on top of your blood but that’s as far as it goes for fanciness. Blood soup has the oddest texture and tastes strangely metallic.

Human Placenta

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Those who advocate placentophagy in humans, mostly in modern America and Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, China, and the Pacific Islands, believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. A variety of recipes are known to exist for preparing placenta for eating in spite of the extended taboo against eating human body parts. Because a placenta is a temporary organ, it is considered by some to be excluded from the classification needed for cannibalism. Here is just one recipe I found on the Internet for placenta – it is a placenta cocktail: 1/4 cup raw placenta, 8oz V-8 juice, 2 ice cubes, 1/2 cup carrot. Blend at high speed for 10 seconds and drink. Or not.

Century Egg

Century Egg Sliced Open

Century egg is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice straw for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. After the process is completed, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia (AKA farts or rotten egg), while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor or taste. Century eggs can be eaten without further preparation, on their own as a side dish or chopped and used as an ingredient.

Hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys’ urine

Urine soaked hard-boiled eggs

Slaughtered rats for sale – Canh Nau village, west of Hanoi

Slaughtered Rats For Sale

Slaughtered dogs for sale – Duong Noi village, outside Hanoi

Slaughtered Dogs for Sale

Heads of slaughtered camels – Tamboal village market in Al Jazeera

Raw Camel Liver

Cobra meat

Cobra Meat

Turtle meat at a town market in Puerto Cabezas

Turtle Meat

A cook cuts pieces of roasted cats

Roasted Cat

A skinned frog is dropped into a blender to make a drink popular with working-class Peruvians in Lima

Frog Drink

Thai man drinks rice wine with fermented scorpion in Baan Niyomchai

Fermented Scorpion Wine

Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa Rica

Unusual hotels: Costa Verde

To create a hotel that’s more like a scene from the TV show Lost, the Costa Verde team transported and refurbished a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 fuselage to create a fantastic two-bedroom suite on a coastal rainforest bluff. A favourite for weddings, honeymoons and romance, it’s set on a concrete plinth that juts up 15m into the jungle canopy, so looking out of the windows feels like flying. There’s a wooden cabin built around the aircraft, with furnishings in hand carved teak, and the rear bedroom has a handcrafted deck on the wing, from which guests can watch toucans, sloths and monkeys. The site has bungalows and a guesthouse too.
From $250 a night, room only

Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar, near Delhi, India

Unusual hotels: Neemrana

The once-proud Neemrana Fort Palace, built in 1464, fell into decay after India’s independence in 1947, but the ruins were acquired for restoration in 1986. In a stunning redevelopment, faithful to its rich cultural past, Neemrana Fort Palace, near Delhi, opened as one of India’s most beautiful heritage properties in 1991 and is a vast complex of seven palace wings built in 12 tiers up a hill, with hanging gardens, two pools and India’s first zipwires.
Doubles from £54 a night, including breakfast

V8 Hotel, Böblingen, Germany

Unusual hotels: V8 Hotel im Meilenwerk Stuttgart auf dem Flugfeld Boeblingen.

The V8 Hotel has 34 car-themed bedrooms, including Mercedes, Morris Minor and VW versions, with cars made into beds, plus car wash, mechanic’s workshop and petrol station-style rooms. Part of the Meilenwerk classic car restoration complex, in a Bauhaus-style building on a former Zeppelin airfield, it is handy for Porsche and Mercedes Benz factory tours, and guests can also watch historic car restoration in progress.
Doubles from €170 a night, breakfast €15pp

Verana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unusual hotels: Verana

Luxurious and surrounded by unadulterated nature on all sides, Verana is an amazing spa with 10 guesthouses on a five-acre plot. Recently added are four “V-house” buildings that offer views from their upstairs balconies, above the forest canopy and overlooking the Bay of Banderas. Buildings taper towards the ground, creating tiny building footprints that minimise ecological damage. There’s an infinity pool and a spa offering facials, massage and yoga.
From $320 a night for two, full-board $80pp for extra nights, open Nov-June

Hüttenpalast, Berlin, Germany

Unusual hotels: Hüttenpalast

Hüttenpalast is a reto treasure trove in the central Berlin district of Neukölln. Inside a former vacuum-cleaner factory, guests can sleep in a cute cosy caravan surrounded by potted trees, or in smart wooden cabins with “outdoor” picnic tables. With the amenities of a modern building, including guaranteed warmth spring, summer, autumn and winter, visitors can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, while still indoors.
From €65 a night for two including coffee and croissants

Hotel Parchi del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Unusual hotels: Hotel Parchi del Garda

It seems the walls are alive at this resort hotel on the shores of Lake Garda, where four animatronic theme rooms feature Hollywood-style animation effects that will fascinate children. (There are also 233 normal rooms.) One has a talking parrot; another, on a meadow theme, has special effects to make nature come to life; while in Aki’s Cave the wall has a mouth and eyes, and talks. The hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from the Gardaland theme park, and offers children’s games, dances and shows during the day.
Doubles from €210 a night including breakfast; connecting themed room for two children from €128

Sala Silvermine, central Sweden

Unusual hotels: Silvermine

Guests can sleep 155m underground in a suite in historic Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mines and the world’s deepest bedroom. Its dark winding galleries, vast caverns and magical lakes can be explored with a guide on arrival, and basic refreshments are provided in the suite, plus breakfast in the morning. Corridors are cold, damp and dark but the bedroom is heated to a comfortable 18C and features silver candelabra and silver leather chairs. The site also has an (above-ground) hostel, and a high-wires adventure course.
Underground suite £414 a night for two, including breakfast

Magic Mountain, Panguipulli, Chile

Unusual hotels: Magic Mountain

In this enchanting hotel, the rooms are hidden inside a conical stone tower from whose roof a waterfall cascades down past the windows. In the Huilo Huilo reserve in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, Magic Mountain was originally a place for friends of the creators to stay while they enjoyed hunting and fishing in the reserve.
Doubles from $300 a night including breakfast

The Mirrorcube, Harads, Sweden

A lightweight aluminum 4 x 4 x 4–meter box suspended around a tree trunk and covered in mirrors. Accommodates two people at a time, with a double bed, a small bathroom, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree. Camouflaged within the tree canopy, the one-way mirrors provide a 360-degree view of the surroundings. To prevent birds from colliding with the reflective glass, an ultraviolet color visible only to birds is laminated onto the glass.

ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

ICEHOTEL is the world’s largest hotel made from snow and ice. Guests can sleep in a bed made of snow and ice (like most of the other furniture), at temperatures around minus 5 degrees C. The entire building melts and gets reconstructed every year. Each November, a team of architects rebuilds the rooms, bar and chapel from several hundred tons of ice. If your ideal vacation consists of walking around in snow pants and fur, ICEHOTEL is worth a repeat visit—it is, after all, a different hotel every year.

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, ID

A beagle-themed B&B that sleeps up to four guests at a time. Guests enter the body of the giant dog through a balcony. The dog’s head houses a loft bedroom and an alcove within the muzzle, with a toilet disguised as a fire hydrant. The larger beagle, named Sweet Willy, is 30 feet tall, 34 feet long and 14 feet wide. It’s made of wood (the owners are chain-saw artists) and painted stucco, with flaps of carpeting for ears.

Tianzi Hotel, Hebei Province, China

Built in 2000, this 10-story building depicts Fu, Lu and Shou—Chinese gods symbolizing good fortune, prosperity and longevity. The Tianzi Hotel is the largest image hotel in the world. Shou, on the left, is holding a peach that contains a suite. Enter the hotel through his right foot.

Attrap Reves, France

Attrap Reves Top 10 most Unique Hotels in the World

Have you ever imagined sleeping out for a night under the stars, but without all the hassles of camping outdoors and rather with all the comfort of a hotel room if you may; well if you have then your wish has already been answered and even that, way back in February, 2010. Attrap Reves is perhaps the only hotel in the world that has huge glass bubbles instead of rooms which certainly provide the truest definition of an intimate night under the stars with your loved one. The Hotel promises to be a cosmic experience and an unusually romantic souvenir for both married and unmarried couples alike.

Taj Mahal, India

This beauty was 23 years in the making (1630-53) and is remarkable for its perfect symmetry. The Taj was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife, Arjumand Banu Begum (also known as Mumtaz Mahal). Made from white marble, this majestic mausoleum features intricate details that were inlaid with precious lapis lazuli — pilfered in the 19th century. Its exterior reflects the changing colours of the day, and its beauty on a full-moon night is legendary.

Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

For the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, back in 2560 BC, the notion of digging your own grave transposed elaborately into constructing the Great Pyramid. Around two million stone blocks, each weighing 2 tonnes, were brought together to serve as his tomb. The Great Pyramid is the planet’s original tourist attraction — counting Antony (Cleopatra’s beau) and Napoleon among its many early visitors — and keeps company with three other pyramids and that other illustrious attraction, the Sphinx.

Great Wall, China

Hordes hit the Wall, as they have for centuries. Built from the end of the 15th century to the start of the 16th (using an existing wall dating back 2000 years), it stretches an incredible 6350km (3946m). Though not really visible from space, its jagged, snaking presence across the mountains between China and Mongolia always impresses, and is a tribute to the manic energy we apply to systems of war and defence. The touristed parts of Badaling are not recommended; try instead a walk from Simatai to Jinshanling.

Eiffel Tower, France

How many electricians does it take to change a light bulb on the Eiffel Tower? A whole team is required to maintain the 10,000-odd light bulbs that illuminate the 324m (1060ft) tower. Built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition and to celebrate the French Revolution, Paris’ tower was designed by Stephen Sauvestre and was named after Gustave Eiffel — who specialised in iron construction including the Statue of Liberty and portable bridges sold around the world in kits.

Chrysler Building, USA

Architect William van Alen planned the dramatic unveiling of New York City’s Chrysler Building’s ornate tower by assembling it inside the building. Made of stainless steel and modelled on the hubcaps used on Chrysler cars of the late 1920s. Completed in 1930, the Art Deco building’s 77 floors and ornamental top made it the world’s highest structure — not just scraping the sky but piercing it at 319m (1046ft).

Big Ben, England

‘Big Ben’ is the common name for the Palace of Westminster’s clock and bell tower in London, and speculation reigns as to just which Benjamin was big enough to give his name to it. Perhaps it was Ben Hall, the Chief Commissioner of Works when it was built in 1888. Or maybe Ben Caunt, a heavyweight prizefighter — in reference to the heavyweight bell within: 13.76 tonnes. The tower has a slight lean — approx 22cm (8.7in) northwest — due to ground conditions.

Machu Picchu, Peru

The ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu (literally ‘old peak’) sits at a lofty elevation of 2350m (7710ft) and is invisible from below. The secret city contains the ruins of palaces, baths and temples, and is believed to have served as a country retreat for Inca royalty. Rediscovered in 1911, construction of this ancient city is thought to have started in around 1440. Partly constructed without mortar, the precise joins won’t allow even a credit card between them.

Mount Rushmore, USA

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, this massive monument marks the first 150 years of American history. Carved into a mountain face are the 18m (60ft) faces of four former presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. The brainchild of Doane Robinson, the original concept was to immortalise figures of American folklore. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum (a student of a Rodin) thought devoting his life’s work to folklore too trivial – hence the resulting busts, built between 1927 and 1941.

Stonehenge, England

No one knows exactly why these 50-tonne stones were dragged from South Wales 5000 years ago. What we do know is that it would have taken about 600 people to move one more than half an inch, and that the complex was constructed between 2500 BC and 2000 BC. Consisting of a ring of stones topped by lintels, an inner horseshoe, an outer circle and a ditch, Stonehenge likely had dual astrological and religious purposes.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This temple complex, built early in the 12th century by a succession of Khmer kings, formed part of a larger administrative and religious centre. Built to honour the Hindu god Vishnu and abandoned in the 15th century, many of the stone structures have since been grasped by giant banyan tree roots or covered by the surrounding forest. Apparently the layout of the temples architecturally mirrors the constellation Draco in 10,500 BC to harmonise the earth and the stars.

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Frane Selak: Escaped from a derailed train, a door-less plane, a bus crash, a car into flames, another 2 car accidents… then won Million Dollar lottery!

Luck has always been on his side or vice versa for croatian music teacher Frane Selak (born in 1929), who is well known around the world for as many fatal accidents as spectacular escapes. The first of his numerous near-death experiences began on a cold January day in 1962, when Selak was on a train to Dubrovnik: it suddenly derailed into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. He managed to escape with a broken arm, minor scratches and bruises. A year later, Selak was flying, from Zagreb to Rijeka, when a door abruptly blew away from the cockpit of the plane, as he was blown off the plane. The accident killed 19 people, however, Selak was lucky enough to land on a haystack, and wake up some days later in hospital, with minor injuries.

It was in 1966 that he met with the third misadventure while traveling on a bus that crashed and plunged into a river. There were four people dead. Astonishingly, Selak managed to escape unharmed again.

In 1970, Selak was driving along when, all of a sudden, his car caught fire. He was fortunate again to have left the car before the fuel tank exploded. Three years later, another of Selak’s car caught fire, blowing flames through the air vents. To a greater dismay, Selak’s lost most of his hair.

In 1995, Selak was in Zagreb when he was hit by a bus, again leaving nothing but a few injuries. The following year, while driving through a mountain road, Selak drove off a guardrail to escape an oncoming truck and landed on a tree to watch his car explode 300 feet below.

In a surprising turn of events in 2003, Selak won the million-dollar Croatian lottery, turning the man into either the world’s unluckiest man, or the world’s luckiest one.

Anatoli Bugorski: The Man Who Survived a Beam from a Particle Accelerator

As a researcher at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino, Bugorski used to work with the largest Soviet particle accelerator, the Synchrotron U-70. On July 13, 1978, Bugorski was checking a malfunctioning piece of equipment when an accident occurred due to failed safety mechanisms. Bugorski was leaning over the piece of equipment when he stuck his head in the part through which the proton beam was running. Reportedly, he saw a flash “brighter than a thousand suns”, but did not feel any pain. The beam measured about 200,000 rads when it entered Bugorski’s skull, and about 300,000 rads when it exited after colliding with the inside of his head.

The left half of Bugorski’s face swelled up beyond recognition, and over the next several days started peeling off, showing the path that the proton beam (moving near the speed of light) had burned through parts of his face, his bone, and the brain tissue underneath. As it was believed that about 500 to 600 rads is enough to kill a person, Bugorski was taken to a clinic in Moscow where the doctors could observe his expected demise. However, Bugorski survived and even completed his Ph.D.. There was virtually no damage to his intellectual capacity, but the fatigue of mental work increased markedly. Bugroski completely lost hearing in the left ear and only a constant, unpleasant internal noise remained. The left half of his face was frozen, due to the destruction of nerves, and does not age. He is able to function perfectly well, save the fact that he has occasional petit mal seizures and very occasional grand mal seizures.

Roy Sullivan: Struck by Lightning 7 Times

Roy Sullivan was a Virginia Forest Ranger who had an incredible attraction to lightning… or rather lightning had an attraction to him. Over his 36-year career as a ranger, Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times – and survived each jolt, but not unscathed. His seventh strike put him in the Guinness Book of World Records:
  • In 1942, the first lightning strike shot through Sullivan’s leg and knocked his big toenail off.
  • In 1969, a second strike burned off his eyebrows and knocked him unconscious.
  • In 1970, another strike left his shoulder seared.
  • In 1972, his hair was set on fire and Roy had to dump a bucket of water over his head to cool off.
  • On August 7, 1973, another bolt ripped through his hat and hit him on the head, set his hair on fire again, threw him out of his truck and knocked his left shoe off.
  • On June 5, 1976, a sixth strike in 1976 left him with an injured ankle.
  • On June 25th, 1977, the last lightning bolt to hit Roy Sullivan sent him to the hospital with chest and stomach burns in 1977.

Truman Duncan: Cut in Two by a Train

Railroad switchman Truman Duncan fell off the front of a moving train car. He was swept underneath and cut in two. Despite losing both legs and a kidney, Duncan called the paramedics on his cell phone, survived a 45-minute wait, and then persevered through 23 surgeries.

Aron Ralston: Amputated his lower right Arm to Survive the Mountains

On May 2003, while Aron Ralston was on a canyoneering trip in Blue John Canyon (near Moab, Utah), a boulder fell and pinned his right forearm, crushing it.

After trying for five days to lift and break the boulder, desperation took him to great measures like carving his name, date of birth and date of death into the boulder, drinking his own urine because of lack of water and videotaping his last goodbyes to his family. Finally, a dehydrated and delirious Ralston decided to bow his arm against a chockstone and snap the radius and ulna bones. Using the dull blade on his multiuse tool, he cut the soft tissue around the break. He then used the tool’s pliers to tear at the tougher tendons. After Ralston was rescued, his arm was retrieved by park authorities and removed from under the boulder. It was cremated and given to Ralston. He returned to the boulder and left the ashes there.

Mauro Prosperi: Survived 9 days in the Sahara Desert

Prosperi, a keen endurance runner, took part in the 1994 Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) in Morocco. Part way through the 6-day 233 kilometre event a sandstorm caused Prosperi to lose his way. He ended up disoriented and ran in the wrong direction, ultimately running several hundred kilometres into Algeria. After 36 hours he ran out of food and water. He survived by drinking his own urine and eating bats resident in an abandoned mosque and the occasional snake found in the desert.

Not wishing to die a long drawn out death, Prosperi attempted to commit suicide in the mosque by slitting his wrists with a pen knife he had with him. The attempt failed – lack of water had caused Prosperi’s blood to thicken and clotted the wound before he died. After nine days alone in the desert he was found by a nomadic family and taken to an Algerian military camp and from there to a hospital. He was 186 miles off route, and reportedly had lost between 30 and 40 pounds (18 kg) in body weight.

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Feeding pigeons in St Mark’s Square, Venice

Unusual laws around the world

You could face a fine for feeding pigeons in the square, which was outlawed in a bid to reduce pigeon numbers and associated damage to historic structures.

Running out of fuel in Germany

Unusual laws around the world

It is illegal to run out of fuel on the autobahn in Germany.

Driving with sandals/flip flops in Spain

Unusual laws around the world

Not advised in any case, but this is a criminal offence in Spain.

Swear in Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

Unusual laws around the world

In an effort to clear up the image of the family friendly beach, profanity was made an offence in the Nineties and if done can lead to a fine.

Spitting in Barcelona

Unusual laws around the world

Frowned upon in general, you can face a fine for spitting in the Spanish city, as well as in other destinations around the world.

Wearing high heels in Greece

Unusual laws around the world

Historic sites, such as the Acropolis, have banned the wearing of high heels for fear of causing damage to ancient monuments.

Driving with headlights off in Denmark

Unusual laws around the world

Danish law says that you must have dimmed headlights on at all times, even in daylight.

Chewing gum in Singapore

The Law is an Ass

Some people regard chewing gum as ill-mannered, but in Singapore it’s a criminal offence to chew gum unless it’s medicinal.

Eating during Ramadan in UAE

Unusual laws around the world

You must respect local customs in the United Arab Emirates or you could face a prison term.

Stepping on currency in Thailand

Unusual laws around the world

Thai baht carries the image of the much revered King of Thailand and stepping on the currency is a criminal act.

Eureka, Nevada

Unusual laws around the world

Other weird laws include one in Eureka, Nevada, which states that it is illegal for a man with a moustache to kiss women. In Portugal it is illegal to urinate into the sea. In Milan it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, unless attending a funeral or visiting a hospital.

Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia

The Law in an Ass

In Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, the smelly durian fruit is banned from buses, subways, hotels and airports. In Danish restaurants you don’t have to pay for your meal unless – by your own opinion – you are “full”.

Japan, Thailand and Denmark

The Law in an Ass

In Japan it is technically forbidden to be obese – lawmakers set a maximum waistline of 80cm for men aged 40 and over. It is illegal to leave your house in Thailand without wearing underwear. In Denmark you must check under your vehicle for sleeping children before starting the engine.

Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago

The Law in an Ass

Flushing a loo after 10pm is forbidden in Switzerland. And wearing camouflage is against the law in Trinidad and Tobago, and in St Lucia

9/11 Attacks

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Probably the worst attack in our history that shook the world and awakened everyone to the true reach of terrorists. Circa 11 September, 2001, Al-Qaeda were waging a war against the whole world, and this time around, they wanted to make a statement that would resonate amongst every human soul alive. They achieved this by hijacking four commercial flights and crashed two of them straight into the World Trade Centre, the two colossal towers in New York. The other two flights were directed to the Pentagon and the Capitol building, albeit the latter was never hit as the passangers of the plane tried to over-power the terrorists and crashed in Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3000 people died. None survived. This was a wake-up call for the world, and the world rightfully waged a war against terrorism.

The Oklahoma City Bombing

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America received it’s first blow of terrorism in Oklahoma, when members of the militia movement attacked the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The blast claimed lives of 168 civilians and did a total damage of $652 million.
This was the worst terrorist attack America had seen in it’s history, till 9/11 occurred.

26/11 Mumbai Attacks

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India saw one of the worst terrorist attacks on Novermber 26, 2008, when a group of Pakistani Islamist terrorists launched a series of well-planned attacks all across Mumbai. They initiated it by opening fire at some of the busiest public places, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, and Cama Hospital.The ordeal lasted for four days killing 164 people and wounding at least 308. One terrorist was caught alive and imprisoned for further investigation.

The Beslan Massacre

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The Beslan School Hostage Crisis of September,2004 is one of the most horrifying incidents to take place in the European continent. The Massacre took place in Beslan, Russia, when a group of Separatist militants took more than 1,100 people hostage in a school, including 777 school children. The fight between the militants and the forces lasted for three days and ended in the death of 334 hostages and injuring many more.
This brought about a drastic change in the Russian law enforcement agencies and anti-terrorist protection.

The Bentalha Massacre

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The Bentalha Massacre took place in Algeria on September 22-23, 1997, where more than 200 villagers were mutilated by armed guirrellas. The Bentalha Massacre was amongst several others that occured in 1997 all across Algeria, killing thousands, and injuring many more.
The killings occured as a sign of revolt against the civil conflicts over elections and was carried by the Armed Islamic Group.

As a reader, do you think terrorist attacks will ever stop in this world?