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BIGGEST:
>A supertanker – Atlantic Express – has become the biggest ship ever lost when it sank 2 weeks after a collision in the Caribbean taking about 100,000 tonnes of crude oil with it.
>The biggest bug in the world is the Goliath Beetle which can weigh up to 3.5 ounces and be 4.5 inches long.
>The biggest cause of matrimonial fighting is money.
>The third biggest party day after New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday is Halloween.
>What is the biggest public sector enterprise owned by the Government of India? Indian Railways.
>Where is Asia’s biggest tool room and training centre which was inaugurated by former and late Prime Minister Morarji Desai on 20th September 1978 and which country assisted in establishing it? It is situated in the Wazirpur Industrial Area near Delhi. It was established with the technical and financial cooperation of the Government of Denmark.
>Where is the biggest meteor crater in the world? Lonar crater, Mehkar Taluka of Buldhana district in Maharashtra, India – 5905 ft. (1800 meters).
>Where is the world’s biggest library? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s biggest library is the Library of congress at Capitol Hill, Washington DC. It has 327 miles of book-shelves.
>Which is the biggest Bay in the world? The Bay of Bengal. Length of the beach 2,250 miles.
>Which is the biggest Bell in the world and mjd; msT vd;d? A bell in Moscow, Russia. Weight 216 tonnes. mbtpl;lk; 22 feet 8 inches. Height 19 feet gUkd; 2 feet.
>Which is the biggest Cave in the world? The cave in France with 5,036 feet depth.
>Which is the biggest Church in the world? What is its area? St. Peter’s Church in Vatican city, Italy – Area 18,110 square yards.
>Which is the biggest City in the world? London, United Kingdom.
>Which is the biggest City in India? Kolkatta.
>Which is the biggest Concrete Dam in the world? The Grand Culee Dam constructed in the Columbia river in Washington – length 4173 feet and height 550 feet.
>Which is the biggest Continent in the world? gug;gsT vd;d? Asia – 1,69,88,000 square miles. >Which is the biggest Continent after Asia? Africa.
>Which is the biggest Country in the world? Republic of Soviet Russia – 86,49,550 square miles. >Which is the biggest Independent Country in the world? Brazil in South America.
>Which is the biggest Dam (ePh;j;Njf;fk;) in the world? The Bratsk Dam constructed in the Angara river in Russia. >Which is the biggest Dam in the world? Sukkoor dam in Pakistan.
>Which is the biggest desert in the world? Sahara. >Which is the second biggest Desert in the world? The desert of Libya in North Africa – area 16,83,500 square kms.
>Which is the biggest jPgfw;gk; vJ? India.
>Which is the biggest Dome (Ftpe;j $iu kz;lgk;) in the world? mjd; msT vd;d? The Astro Dome of a stadium in Houston city, Texas, USA. mjd; ntspg;Gw tpl;lk; 710 feet. cs;Gw tpl;lk; 642 feet. >Which is the biggest Dome in India? mjd; msT vd;d? Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, Karnataka. mjd; ntsptpl;lk; 144 feet. The 2nd biggest dome in the world.
>Which is the biggest Fire Accident in the world? The one which took place from 02-09-1966 to 06-09-1966 in London in which 89 churches, 13,200 houses and many buildings were destroyed. >Which is the biggest train accident in India? The worst and biggest train accident in India took place on 22-11-1962. The train was pushed down into the sea from the Pamban bridge due to the storm that swept in which 323 people lost their lives.
>Which is the biggest flower in the world? Where is it grown? Rafflesia is the biggest flower, it is fleshy red and dotted with 5 lobes and it measures 1½ metres in diameter. It is grown in the island of Java, Indonesia. >Which is the biggest Flower in the world? The Flower of Ruflaysia in Java Islands – mjd; tpl;lk; 1.5 meter.
>Which is the biggest Garden in the world and what is its area? Gulfa National Park in Zambia, Africa with 22,144 square kilometers.
>Which is the biggest Gold Market in the world? London, UK.
>Which is the biggest Gulf in the world? Gulf of Mexico – Length of the beach 3,100 miles.
>Which is the biggest Island in the world? gug;gsT vd;d? Greenland. 8,40,000 square miles.
>Which is the biggest Lake? vq;Nf cs;sJ? Caspian Lake (Sea) between Russia and Iran. >Which is the biggest Lake in India? Lake Vular in Kashmir. >Which is the biggest freshwater Lake (ed;dPh; Vhp)? vq;Fs;sJ? Lake Superior between Canada and United States of America.
>Which is the biggest land Animal in the world? The African elephant.
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>Which is the biggest Mosque in the world? What is its area? Jumma masjid of Delhi, India with an area of 10,000 square feet.
>Which is the biggest Ocean in the world? mjd; msT vd;d? gug;gsT vd;d?

Pacific Ocean – msT approximately 10,000 miles. gug;gsT 6,41,86,300 square miles. Contains 46% of water of the total water of the oceans.

>Which is the biggest Office in the world? The Pentagon in USA Building. gug;gsT 65,00,000 square feet. 32,000 people. Kw;wq;fspd; total length 17 miles.
>cyfpd; kpfg;nghpa gs;sk; vJ? mjd; msT vd;d? mnkhpf;fhtpy; cs;s Grand Kenyan 217 mile length, 4 to 18 miles width, more than a mile of depth.
>Which is the biggest passenger Ship in the world? Queen Elizabeth.
>kpfg;nghpa Kj;J (Pearl) vJ? Pearl of Allah – 9.5 inches in length, 5.5 inches FWf;fsTk;14 uhj;jy; vilAk; nfhz;lJ. mJ /gpypg;igd;]; (Philippines) flypy; fpilj;jjhFk;.
>Which is the biggest Planet? Jupiter.
>Which is the biggest Plant (jhtuk;) in the world? Simeegaya – height 117 meters.
> Which are the 6 biggest Ports in India? Kolkatta, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Visakhapatnam and Kandla.
>Which is the biggest School in the world? New York, USA.
>Which is the biggest Stadium in the world? Strahoo Stadium, in the Prague, Czechoslovakia which can accommodate 2,40,000 people.
>Which is the biggest star? The biggest star found till date is Vy Canis Majoris, in the constellation of Canis Major. It is a red super-giant and one of the most luminous stars, 5,000 light years away from the earth with a radius of 1,800-2,100 times that of the sun. it is so large that its surface extends beyond the orbit of Saturn, were it placed in our solar system. Even light would take 8 hours to complete its circumference. Though it is great, it is relatively cool, with a surface temperature of 3,500 Kelvin. >Which is the biggest and brightest Star? Antares in the constellation of scorpious.

>Which is the biggest State in India (in area)? Madhya Pradesh.


>Which is the biggest Statue in the world? The Statue of Liberty in New York, USA – Height 151 feet. >Which is the biggest Statue in India? Gomatheeswara Statue in Karnataka 200 feet high.
>Which is the biggest Swimming Pool in the world? In Morocco.
>Which is the biggest Temple in the world? Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Area 402 acres. >Which is the biggest Cave Temple in India? Ellora in Maharashtra.
>Which is the 2nd biggest Train route in India? Guwahati – Thiruvananthapuram route – 3,574 kms.
>Which is the biggest Tree in the world? The Sherman Tree in the National Park of Sequea, California.
>Which is the biggest Volcano (Yerimalai) in the world? Mounasova volcano in Hawaii.
>Which is the biggest Zoo in the world? In Alipore, Uttar Pradesh, India.
BRIGHTEST:
>Which is the brightest star in our Milky Way Galaxy? Alpha Cygni which is 1400 light years away from earth, is 60,000 times brighter than our Sun.
BUSIEST:
>The world’s busiest bridge is the Howrah bridge across the river Hooghly in Kolkatta. In addition to 57,000 vehicles a day it carries a huge number of pedestrians across its 1500 feet long 72 feet wide span.
COLDEST:
>Where is the coldest place in the world? The coldest place in the world is Vostok at the geomagnetic South Pole at 78.85 degrees south and 106.8 degrees east. It lies at an altitude of 3,488 metres on approximately 3,700 metres of ice. Vostok has recorded the world’s lowest temperature – minus 88.3 degrees centigrade. >Where is the coldest place in the world? The coldest place in the world is Vostok located at the geomagnetic South Pole at 78.85◦ south and 106.8◦ east. It lies at an altitude of 3488 metres on approximately 3700 metres of ice. Vostok recorded the world’s lowest temperature – minus 88.3◦c. This is the lowest natural temperature ever recorded on earth. This was registered in Antartica at the Soviet Scientific Station, Vostok on 24.08.1960. >Which is the coldest place on the earth? Antarctica.
>Why isn’t the shortest day of the year also the coldest day? The atmosphere is sluggish and does not respond instantly to changes in sunshine. Heat from the sun absorbed by the atmosphere may be dispersed by wind or rising currents of air. While a decrease in sunshine means less warmth coming into the atmosphere from outside, warmth may continue to be transferred to one point on earth because of movement of warm air from some other point.
DEEPEST:
>The deepest place on Earth is the Mariana Trench at 36,198 feet (11 kilometers), in the Pacific Ocean.
>The deepest underwater penguin dive is 1772 feet by an emperor penguin.
>Where is the deepest lake in the world situated? Baikal lake (USSR) 5710 feet deep.
DRIEST:
>Where is the driest and hottest spot on the earth? The driest and hottest spot on the earth is said to be between the 1st and 2nd cataracts of the river Nile in Africa where no rain falls
EARLIEST:
>Diamonds were first mined in India and the earliest known reference to diamond found in Arthasastra. As a mater of fact, India was the predominant source of diamonds for over 2000 years until the mid 18th century.
>The earliest known pottery vessels may be those made by the Incipient Jomon people of Japan at around 10,500 BCE. The term Jomon means “cord marked” in Japanese. This refers to the markings made on clay vessels and figures using sticks with cords wrapped around them.
>Where, in the world, are the earliest known mining operations to be found? In the Ngwenyna Hills of the Hgohho district of north-western Swaziland where hematite (iron ore) was mined for body paint c 41,000 BC.
FASTEST:
>The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine falcon which can reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
>The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger and the slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb. >The fastest growing tissue in the human body is hair.

>The fastest human swimmer can swim at 6 miles per hour and the fastest mammal, the Dolphin can swim up to 35 miles per hour.


>The fastest moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour.
>The fastest shark is the “Shortfin Mako”, which can swim as fast as 60 miles per hour
>The fastest time for producing loaves of bread from growing wheat is 40 minutes 44 seconds at O.S. North’s Bakery at Heydon, Herfordshire on 10th September 1983.
>The fastest way to skin charred or grilled vegetables is to place them inside a closed polythene bag for a few minutes, then remove and rub skin off easily.
FIRST:
>Diamonds were first mined in India and the earliest known reference to diamond found in Arthasastra. As a mater of fact, India was the predominant source of diamonds for over 2000 years until the mid 18th century.
>First advertisement to discuss body odour was a 1919 ad for the deodorant Odo Ro No.
>First ice hotel was built in Swedish Lapland.
>First known American novelist to hand in a manuscript that was typed was Mark Twain.
>First Labour Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, 5th September 1882 in New York City.
>First long distance balloon journey was made by 3 Englishmen in 1836. Charles Green, a 51 year old fruiterer, had built a huge balloon, 80 feet high with its gondola attached, which he named the “Royal Vauxhall.” With him were Robert Hollond, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Thomas Monck Mason, a flautist. Carrying food for 3 weeks they set off from Vauxhall, London at 1.30 P.M. on 7th November trailing a 1000 foot rope to control the balloon. As dusk fell, they floated over the English Channel, between Dover and Calais and settled down to a hearty meal. Over Liege, with its glowing steel furnaces, they accidentally dropped a portable coffee heater. After hours of darkness, dawn found them in a wild, hilly region covered with snow. They decided to land, but treacherous winds hampered them and it took 3 attempts before they touched ground. They had reached Weilburg, about 30 miles north-west of Frankfurt-am-Main – a voyage of 480 miles in 18 hours.
>First man in space was Flight Major Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, an officer in the Russian Air Force. On 12th April 1961 he was launched into space by rocket near Baykonour, in Kazakhastan, about 200 miles north-east of the Aral Sea. In the spacecraft “Vostok 1” Gagarin made on 89 minute orbit of the Earth during a flight lasting 1 hour 48 minutes. He landed by parachute near Engels, 450 miles south-east of Moscow. He was the first man to experience weightlessness in space and the fact that he suffered no ill-effects was of great importance to future spaceflights. Gagarin received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and was awarded the Order of Lenin. He was killed in an aircraft crash on 27th March 1968.
>First men to climb Dhaulagiri in the Himalayas were 6 members of a Swiss expedition in May 1960. At 26,966 feet Dhaulagiri was then the world’s highest unclimbed mountain and 7 attempts to conquer it had failed. The Swiss party led by Max Eiselin used a light aero-plane to lift men and supplies to the nearby Dambush Pass, 17,060 feet up. The aircraft also took supplies to a base camp at 18,700 feet, while the rest of the party climbed on foot. For 2 months the 13-men team battled with storms, snow, altitude sickness and bad luck. Their plane crashed – fortunately without loss of life. Their oxygen flasks leaked and were useless. Nima Tensing, one of the Nepalese Sherpas in the team, fell 40 feet down a crevasse. But at last a spell of fine weather helped and on 13th May 6 men – Peter Diener, Kurt Diemberger, Albin Schelbert, Ernst Forrer, Nima Dorjee and Nawang Doorjee stood on the summit.
>First men to the South Pole were 5 Norwegians – Olaf Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Oskar Wisting, Sveere Hassel and their famous leader Roald Amundsen. Amundsen sailed from Norway in June 1910 heading for the North Pole, but changed his target on hearing that Robert Peary had reached it. His party wintered in the Bay of Whales and in the spring made a series of trips towards the Pole, setting up food depots. On 20th October 1911 they started for the Pole with 4 sledges, each drawn by 13 dogs. They knew a British expedition under Robert Falcon Scott was trying to get there first. Hanssen nearly met his death when his sledge fell into a snow covered crevasse. The huskies had crossed it safely, but then started fighting. The other men managed to save Hanssen’s sledge and dogs from plunging to oblivion. During the journey 24 of the dogs were eaten. Reaching the Pole on 15th December 1911 Amundsen left a note for the ill fated Scott who found it a few weeks later.
>First modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hog’s hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles.
>First surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean was made by 4 Britons with sledges and huskies. With Wally Herbert, 34, the leader, were Major Kenneth Hedges, 34, Alan Gill, 38 and Dr. Roy Koerner, 36. They set out from Point Barrow, Alaska on 21st February 1968 on a first 80 mile dash across moving, newly formed ice to reach the main Arctic ice pack. But the area of moving, dangerous ice extended much further, and proved barely thick enough to support a sledge. On 4th July they camped on a solid ice-floe to sit out the summer melt. On 4th September they started off again, but Gill fell and slipped a disc. Back they went to their summer camp, prepared to winter there while he recovered. But the floe broke up and they had to move to another. In February 1969 they set out again, reached the North Pole on 6th April and finally touched land at Tavlya, Spitsbergen on 29th May.
>The first Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages were 3 inches wide and 18 inches long. You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.
>The first (very first) bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin zoo.
>The first camera that was small and portable enough to be practical for photography was built by Johann Zahn in 1685, though it would be almost 150 years before such an application was possible.
>The first CAT or Computer Assisted Tomography scanner was made in 1972 by the music company EMI. It has been claimed EMI funded the research from the profits of its Beatles albums.
>The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
>The first country to allow women the right to vote was New Zealand.
>The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com.
>The first known marketer of the flushing toilet was Thomas Crapper.
>The first major American dictionary was published in 1828 by Noah Webster.
>The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
>The first radio broadcasts, consisting of music and Bible readings, were transmitted in 1906.
>The first successful oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859. The US was the leading petroleum producer till the 1970s. Crude oil was 1st struck in India in 1889 in Digboi, a small town in Assam.
>The first TV interview was made with Irish actress Peggy O’Neil in April 1930. The first daily broadcast was started by the BBC in November 1936.
>The first word that Anne Sullivan taught a student in March 1887 was “doll”. The second was “water”. Who was that student? Helen Keller.
GREATEST:
>Lloyds, the Insurance Firm said in London that the 292,666 tonne Greek owned vessel was the largest ship in history to go down and its original cargo of 275,000 tonnes of oil was the greatest loss suffered at sea. The financial loss possibly $85 millions (36 crores of rupees) and be the largest the company has ever sustained. A spokesman for the Dutch salvage team, whose tugs towed the blazing ship more than 320kms into the western Atlantic, after the collision, said there was little chance of salvaging the oil. The supertanker, still after the collision, sank on 2nd August 1979 night as blazing oil cascaded into the air, some 560kms from Tobago.
>The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374kms from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.
>Which is the greatest attendance at any funeral? It is the estimated 4 million people who thronged to Cairo, Egypt (United Arab Republic) for the funeral of President Gamel Abdel Nasser on 1st October 1970.
HEAVIEST:
>The longest and heaviest freight train on record was about 4 miles (6 kms.) in length consisting of 500 coal cars with three 3,600 HP diesels pulling and 3 more in the middle, on the Norfolk and Western Railway, USA on 15th November 1967.
>The world’s heaviest kidney stone weighed 356 gms. (12.5 ounces) and measured 11.86 cms. (4.66 inches) at its widest point. It belonged to Peter Baulman of Australia.
HIGHEST:
>Angel Falls in Venezuela are the world’s highest waterfalls at 979 metres. These waterfalls are 16 times the height of Niagara Falls.
>Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake and it is situated in Bolivia.
>The bridge that stands the highest over water is the Royal George Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado. Built in 1929 for $350,000, it spans 1053 feet above the water. >The highest bridge in the world can be found in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan Mountains. The valley lies at an altitude of about 18,379 feet above sea level on the India side of Kashmir. Called the Baily Bridge, it is only 98 feet long and was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
>The highest altitude landing for a helicopter, which is also a world record is 22,500 feet in the Karakorams, where Wing Commander K.K. Saini landed a Cheetah helicopter during the evaluation trials being carried on 8th May 1968.
>The highest price ever bid at a public auction for a painting is 8,100,000 pounds for the Adoration of the Magi by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) bought by the J. Paul Getty Museum on 18th April 1985 at Christies in London.
>The highest recorded battle honours for an untreated conker (fruit of the common horse chestnut or aesculus hippocastanum) is “five thousander plus” which won the BBC Television conker conquest in 1984.
>The highest recorded speed for sheep shearing was logged up by John Fagan who machine sheared 804 lambs in 9 hours at Hautora Road, Pio Pio, New Zealand on 8th December 1980.
>The largest and highest energy particle accelerator located at CERN near Geneva created waves across the world. What is the name of the particle accelerator? Large Hadron Collider.
>Where is the world’s highest optical telescope? It is built in an observatory 4200 metres up on an extinct volcano in Hawaii. The telescope lens has a diameter of 3.6 metres.
>Which element has the highest melting point and how many degrees? Tungsten 3410°C.
>Which is the place with the highest rainfall in India? Cherrapunji.
HOTTEST:
>Which is the world’s hottest pepper? The bhut jolokia variety which grows in north-eastern India, was given a rating of 8,55,000 Scoville heat units by Ritesh Mathur and his colleagues at the Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior. They reported their findings in an August 2000 issue of Current Science. The scientists tested a Tezpur variety of the bhut or Capsicum Frutescens var (botanists know it as Nagahari). The Guinness Book of World Records recently (October 2008) certified the bhut jolokia as the world’s hottest chilli pepper. The chilli probably gets its name owing to its demonic bite – bhut means ghost and jolokia means chilli. A single seed of the bhut can cause intense spicy sensations in the mouth for up to 30 minutes. Smeared on fences, they are also employed to scare off wild elephants.
>Which is the hottest place in India where the maximum temperature has been recorded so far? The maximum temperature of 124◦Fahreinheit was recorded on 21.05.1978 at Bhadrachalam, a place in Andhra Pradesh situated on the river Godavari.
LARGEST:
>According to economic historian Angus Maddison, India had the world’s largest economy in the 1st century and the 11th century with a 32.9% share of world GDP in the 1st century and 28.9% in 1000 AD.
>Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial airliner and can seat over 800 in an all economy configuration. After a troubled development phase, the airliner made its 1st commercial flight in October 2007. The earlier record holder for the largest passenger aircraft was Boeing 747, one of the most recognizable passenger aircraft because of its “hump”.
>At the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa a 3106 carat diamond is discovered in 1905 during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds and christened the “Cullinan”, it was the largest diamond ever found. Frederick Wells was 18 feet below the earth’s surface when he spotted a flash of star-light embedded in the wall just above him. His discovery was presented that same afternoon to Sir Thomas Cullinan, who owned the mine. Cullinan then sold the diamond to the Transvaal provincial government, which presented the stone to Britain’s King Edward VII as a birthday gift. Worried that the diamond might be stolen in transit from Africa to London, King Edward arranged to send a phony diamond aboard a steamer ship loaded with detectives as a diversionary tactic. While the decoy slowly made its way from Africa on the ship, the Cullinan was sent to England in a plain box. King Edward entrusted the cutting of the Cullinan to Joseph Asscher, Head of the Asscher Diamond Company of Amsterdam. Asscher, who had cut the famous Excelsior Diamond, a 971 carat diamond found in 1893, studied the stone for 6 months before attempting the cut. On his 1st attempt, the steel blade broke, with no effect on the diamond. On the 2nd attempt, the diamond shattered exactly as planned: Asscher then fainted from nervous exhaustion. The Cullinan was later cut into 9 large stones and about 100 smaller ones, valued at millions of dollars all told. The largest stone is called the “Star of Africa I”, or “Cullinan I” and at 530 carats, it is the largest-cut fine-quality colourless diamond in the world. The 2nd largest stone, the “Star of Africa II” or “Cullinan II” is 317 carats.
>Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world in terms of volume. Hollywood is the second. Which is the 3rd largest? Nigerian film industry which no wonder calls itself Nollywood.
>Cars are the largest single source of air pollution and ozone depletion. On a global basis, today’s transport sources are estimated to be responsible for 40 to 60% of the ozone precursor emissions of nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons.
>Columbia University is the 2nd largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
>For whom was the largest pyramid built? King Cheops. Khufa was the name of the Pyramid.
>Frank Carney is one of the largest franchisee of Papa John’s Pizza in the United States. What is so unique about Frank Carney being a franchisee of Papa John? Frank Carney is the founder of Pizza Hut. In 1958, Frank along with brother Dan set up the 1st Pizza Hut restaurant. It was sold to Pepsico in 1977. Frank returned to the Pizza business in 1994 as a franchisee of Papa John’s Pizza.
>Honda is the largest selling brand of motorcycle in the world.
>Indian Railways is the world’s largest commercial or utility employer. It has more than 16,00,000 regular employees on its rolls. It has one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting around 17 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight every day.
>Lloyds, the Insurance Firm said in London that the 292,666 tonne Greek owned vessel was the largest ship in history to go down and its original cargo of 275,000 tonnes of oil was the greatest loss suffered at sea. The financial loss possibly $85 millions (36 crores of rupees) and be the largest the company has ever sustained. A spokesman for the Dutch salvage team, whose tugs towed the blazing ship more than 320kms into the western Atlantic, after the collision, said there was little chance of salvaging the oil. The supertanker, still after the collision, sank on 2nd August 1979 night as blazing oil cascaded into the air, some 560kms from Tobago.
>Mongolia is the 2nd largest land-locked country in the world. Which is the largest? Kazakhstan. >Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country. Only 2 countries in the world are doubly landlocked – Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan.
>More than 3 years after its launch, the US Planetary probe Voyager I edges within 77,000 miles of Saturn, the 2nd largest planet in the solar system in 1980. The photos, beamed 950 million miles back to California, stunned scientists. The high resolution images showed a world that seemed to confound all known laws of physics. Saturn had not 6, but hundreds of rings. The rings appeared to dance, buckle and interlock in ways never thought possible. 2 rings were intertwined or “braided” and pictures showed dark radial “spokes” moving inside the rings in the direction of rotation. Voyager 2, a sister spacecraft, arrived at Saturn in August 1981. The probes also discovered 3 new moons around Saturn and an atmosphere around Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The Voyager spacecraft were equipped with high resolution television cameras that sent back more than 30,000 images of Saturn.
>Name the largest city on the River Gomti (Gomathy)? Lucknow. >Name the largest city situated on the banks of the river Ravi? Lahore.
>One of the world’s largest mountain range is under water, around 2 miles down in the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and it stretches for something like 12,000 miles. But it is only a part of the Mid-Oceanic Ridge which covers almost 40,000 miles of the bottom of the world’s oceans. Scientists studying the floors of the seas, using a technique known as plate tectonics, have come to the conclusion that the American Continent is moving away from the European and African Continents at the rate of one inch per year. Huge volcanic eruptions which take place below the floors of the seas push molten lava up through fissures which appear. This lava can have a temperature which is as high as 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. It solidifies as it hits the freezingly cold salt.
>On 31st December 1999 London, New York and Rio de Janeiro hosted the largest live Y2K millennium parties, hosting 3 to 4 million people in each city.
>Sahara in Africa is the largest desert in the world. Where is the next largest desert? The Australian desert.
>The coconut is the largest seed in the world.
>The largest amount of time a patient had to wait on a stretcher was 77 hours and 30 minutes. Tony Collins of the United Kingdom came to the hospital with a viral infection and stayed stuck outside of the washroom of Swindon’s Princess Margaret Hospital for 4 days. Despite the ordeal, Collins returned to the hospital the day after this release to thank his nurses and give them a microwave oven.
>The largest and highest energy particle accelerator located at CERN near Geneva created waves across the world. What is the name of the particle accelerator? Large Hadron Collider.
>The largest bridge in the world is the 8.25 miles long Trans Bay Bridge which links San Francisco to Oakland. It was built in 1936 at a cost of $77 million.
>The largest cereal company in the world is Quaker Oats located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United State of America (USA).
>The largest coral reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef located in Australia. The reef is approximately 2023 kilometres long.
>The largest dance ever staged took place in Buffalo, New York on 20th July 1984 when an estimated 25,000 attended a “moonlight serenade” evening of dancing to the Glenn Miller orchestra.
>The largest egg laid by any known animal was that of the Elephant Bird (aepyornis Maximus) which lived until c 900 AD. One preserved example has a circumference of 72.3 cm. (28.5 inches) giving a capacity of 8.88 litres (2.35 gal) or equivalent to 180-185 hen’s eggs.
>The largest human hill carving in Britain is the ancient “Long Man” of Wilmington, East Sussex – 226 ft. (68 metres) in length.
>The largest living thing on the face of the Earth is a mushroom underground in Oregon, which measures 3½ miles in diameter.
>The largest planet ever found orbiting another star is so puffy it would bob on water, US astronomers said on 14-09-2006. The newly discovered planet, dubbed HAT-P-1 is both the largest and least dense of the nearly 200 worlds astronomers have found outside our own solar system. HAT-P-1 orbits one of a pair of stars in the constellation Lacerta, about 450 light years from earth. “This new planet, if you could imagine putting it in a cosmic water glass, it would float,” says a research astrophysicist with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The planet, a gas giant, is probably a puffed up ball of hydrogen and helium.
HAT-P-1 is an odd ball planet, since it orbits its parent star at just one-twentieth of the distance that separates earth from our own sun. While earth takes a year to orbit the sun, the newly found planet whips around its star once every 4.5 days. Astronomers believe HAT-P-1 may belong to an entirely new class of planets, along with a second, smaller distant world that’s also puffier that theories would have predicted. Astronomers used a network of telescope in the states of Arizona and Hawaii to discover the planet. Its parent star is too faint to see with the naked eye but can be spied with binoculars.
>The largest prime number is 13,395 digits long.
>The largest school in the world is City Montessori School in India and has over 25,000 students in grade levels ranging from kindergarten to college.
>The largest sheep station is commonwealth hill in South Australia grazing up to 70,000 sheep, 100 cattle and 54,000 uninvited kangaroos over 4,080 square miles (10,567 sq. kms.)
>The largest sunspots have an area of about 7000 million square miles and the smallest visible sunspots have an area of 500 million square miles, about 50 times the size of Africa.
>The largest witch-hunt, which happened in Salem Massachusetts resulted in the execution of 20 people, both men and women. 19 of these people were hanged and one was pressed to death with large stones.
>The largest work of art ever perpetrated was the wrapping in 1983 of 11 Islands in Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA in flamingo pink tutus by Christo’s work 6,500,000 ft2 (603,000 m2) entitled “Surrounded Islands.”
>The Library of Congress, located in Washington DC is the largest library in the world.
>The Tourneau Time Dome in Las Vegas, Nevada is the largest watch stone in the world at 17,000 sq. ft. >Which building has the largest dome in the world? Gol Gumbaz (the tomb of Sultan Mohamed Adil Shah) in Bijapur, Karnataka has the largest dome in the world.
>The US based American Airlines Inc. is the world’s largest airline in total passengers-miles transported and passenger fleet size. It is also the 2nd largest airline in terms of aircraft operated and the 2nd largest airline company in the world in terms of total operating revenues.
>The United States has the largest reserves of gold in its treasury. At 8,133 tonnes, the country accounts for more than a quarter of the total gold lying in reserves across the world.
>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 world’s largest 4-faced clock sits atop the Allen-Bradley plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
>The world’s largest inland sea is the Caspian Sea.
>The world’s largest vineyard is that extending over the Mediterranean façade between the Rhone and the Pyrenees in the Departments Herault, Gard, Aude and Pyrenees Orientales, in an area of 2,075,685 acres (840,000 ha.)
>Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the world’s largest public corporation by revenue, according to the 2008 Fortune Global 500. Founded by Sam Walton in 1962, it is the largest private employer in the world and the 4th largest utility, trailing British National Health Service and Indian Railways.
>What is the name of the largest asteroid? Ceres.
>What sea was referred to as “Mare Nostrum” by the Romans and by Mussolini? The Mediterranean Sea. The largest inland sea surrounded by Europe, Asia and Africa.
>Where is the largest river island situated and what is its area? Majuli in Assam, India whose area is 360 square miles.
>Which Indian sea port is the largest in the country? Mumbai.
>Which Indian State has the largest number of colleges and which States have the 2nd and 3rd positions? Maharashtra has the largest number of colleges (503) followed by Uttar Pradesh (445), Madhya Pradesh (325), West Bengal (314) and Karnataka (287) in 1980s.
>Which is the largest lake in England? Windermere Lake.
>Which is the largest State in the United States of America? Alaska – It has an area of 15,18,776 square kilometres.
>Which is the world’s largest moth? The Atlas moth of Asia is more than a foot long and has a wingspread of over a foot.
>Which river is the largest in Europe? Volga.

>The world’s largest natural bridge is the “Rainbow Bridge” tucked away among the rugged, isolated canyons at the base of Navajo Mountain, Utah, USA. It is a natural wonder.


LIGHTEST:
>Adidas recently launched (February 2008) “Adizero” brand of shoes in India. What is so special about the shoes? It is world’s lightest shoe.
LONGEST:
>In 1980, a 110-mile long traffic jam became the longest ever, on the French Auto-route between Paris and Lyon. A more recent contender for the title was a 100 mile long jam in 1993 near Hamburg in Germany.
>June 21 and December 21 are usually our longest and shortest days. One would presume that at these times the earth would be farthest from the sun (June) and closest to it (December). Yet Aphelion (the greatest distance from the sun) and Perihelion (the closest approach) come later in July and January, why? Perihelion now takes place near the winter equinox when the earth’s axis is tilted away from the sun (from the point of view of northern hemisphere people) and the days are shortest. But this condition is not permanent. The earth’s axis wobbles, like that of a top, describing a cone in the heavens.
One complete wobble takes about 26,000 years, so the effect in a single lifetime, though measurable is not particularly impressive. The phenomenon is called the precession of the equinoxes, because one of its results is that the equinox comes earlier every year, as measured by sidereal time, until in 26,000 years the equinox moves once around the zodiac.
However, we need not wait 13,000 years for the earth to be nearest to the sun during the northern hemisphere summer because the ellipse of the earth’s orbit itself is also slowly rotating.
>Skepticisms” is the longest word that alternates hands when typing. >The longest version of this word was coined by Jorn Barger in 1997. In 1999 Peter Merholz shortened this word. Which word are we talking about? Blog. Jorn Barger coined the term weblog. Peter Merholz shortened it to the term that we know today. >The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA. >“Almost” is the most commonly used longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order. >What is the meaning of the longest non-technical word in the English dictionary floccinaucinihilipilification? The act of estimating something as worthless.
>The Central African raffia palm is known to have the longest leaves. The leaves can be as long as 82.5 feet.
>The longest and heaviest freight train on record was about 4 miles (6 kms.) in length consisting of 500 coal cars with three 3,600 HP diesels pulling and 3 more in the middle, on the Norfolk and Western Railway, USA on 15th November 1967.
>The longest bridge in the world is the Pontchartrain bridge in New Orleans with a total length of 24 miles. It was completed in 1956. The most expensive bridge is the Seto – Ohashi-Kojima bridge in Japan. At 8.21 miles long, it was built in 1988 at a cost of $8.3 billion. >Come November 2009 and citizens of Kochi in Kerala of India can take pride in their city having the longest railway bridge in the country, cutting across an island over the Vembanad lake. The 4.62 kms long Vallarpadam bridge will beat the current record for the longest rail bridge held by the Nehru Setu Bridge near Dehri on Sone river in Bihar by more than a kilometre.

>The longest fingernails recorded were some 20 feet and 2.25 inches. They belonged to a man called Shidhar Chillal and it took him 48 years to grow them!


>The longest fresh water shoreline in the world is located in the State of Michigan.
>The longest human beard on record is 17.5 feet held by Hans N. Langseth who was born in Norway in 1846.
>The longest recorded tapeworm found in the human body was 33 metres in length.
>The longest skid marks on a public road are said to have been left by a Jaguar involved in a motor accident in 1960 near Bedfordshire, UK. They were 290 metres long.
>The longest stretch of straight railroad track in the world over 300 miles long without a turn, is located in Australia.
>What is the longest record of manned spaceflight in space history and who holds the record? The longest spaceflight record is 139 days 14 hours and 49 minutes held by 2 Soviet cosmonauts VLADIMIR KOVALENOK and ALEXANDER IVANCHENKOV, who returned to earth on 02,11,1978 after completing the record flight.
>What is the name of Soviet cosmonauts who broke the record for the longest space flight and when did they do it? Yuri Romanenko and Georgy Grechko remained in space for 96 days in Salyut 6 space station from 10th December 1977 to 16th March 1978.
>What vertebrate animal lives the longest? The giant tortoise which lives as long as 150 years or more.
>Where, in India, is the world’s longest railway platform? According to the Guinness Book of World Records the railway platform at Kharagpur is the longest in the world.
>Which is the longest day in Australia? It varies between the 21st and 23rd of December.
>Which is the longest river in India? The Ganges. >Which is the longest river in the world? The Mississippi-Missourie – 4240 metres long. >The two longest rivers in Europe are the Volga and the Danube. >Which is the longest river in Sri Lanka? Mahawali Ganga.
>Who is currently (February 2008) the longest reigning monarch in the world? Rama IX, also known as His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
>1904 (Leap Year) – Mr. Wolfe Plus 585 Sr., person with the longest official name. With a name for every letter of the alphabet, his full name is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr.
LOUDEST:
>The Blue Whale’s whistle is the loudest noise made by an animal.
LOWEST:
>The lowest place on Earth’s surface is the shore of the Dead Sea. It has 400 m. below sea level.
>The lowest point on the land of the continental United States in Death Valley, California.
>What is the lowest temperature at which the substance can burn called? Ignition temperature.
>Which is the lowest body of water (below the sea level) and where and by how many feet? Dead Sea in Israel – 1290 feet below sea level.
>Which metal has the lowest melting point from the following – (a) silver (b) lead (c) gold (d) zinc and (e) tin? Answer – Tin.
NEAREST:
>Which star is nearest to the Earth? The nearest star is the Proxima Centauri, which is approximately 4.3 light years away, while the nearest star visible to the naked eye is the Alpha Centauri in the Southern Hemisphere, 4.33 light years away.
OLDEST:
>Sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food, having been mentioned in Homer’s “Odyssey” in the 9th century BC.
>One of the oldest forms of writings is called cuneiform, which was invented in the Middle East around 3000 BC. The term comes from the Latin words for “wedge shaped” because the writer used a tool to make wedge shaped strokes on a wet clay tablet which was then baked or dried.
>Originating in the 14th century, Japanese Noh theatre is the oldest form of theatre still being performed today. Unlike other forms of theatre, Noh actors and musicians never rehearse for performances together.
>The Greek Drachma was once Europe’s oldest currency dating back more than 2600 years.
>The oldest living thing on earth is a flowering shrub called the creosote bush, found in the Mojave Desert. It is estimated that it started nearly 12,000 years ago. During its lifetime the period of glaciation in North America came to an end, the wheel and writing were invented and the great Egyptian pyramids were built. The shrub is still living.

>The oldest son of Charles XIII, Prince Philip of Calabria, loved gloves so much that he sometimes wore 16 pairs at a time.


>The oldest tea company in the world (established 1839) is also into oil and gas exploration business. Name the company. Assam Company.
>The world’s oldest driver was Roy M. Rawlins (born 10th July 1870) of Stockton, California, USA. He was warned for driving at 95 mph. (152 kmph) in a 55 mph (88.5 kmph) in zone in June 1974. He was awarded a California State licence valid until 1978 but died on 9th July 1975, one day short of his 105th birthday.

>Where is the oldest astronomical observatory in the world and who built it? The famous observatory in SAMARKAND is the oldest in the world. It was built in 1428 A.D. by the Russian astronomer ULUGH BEG who lived from 1393 A.D to 1449 A.D. >Which country owns the oldest satellite orbiting the earth? No country. The oldest satellite is the moon.


>Which is oldest known Indo-European language? Sanskrit.
>Which is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland that was built in 1744 by a Dutch trader and is today a heritage hotel? Boglatty Palace.
>Which is the oldest army in the world? The 83 strong Swiss Guard in the Vatican City with a regular foundation dating back to 21st January 1506.
>Which is the oldest civilization? The Sumerian civilization is the oldest civilization known to mankind. The term “Sumer” is today used to designate southern Mesopotamia. In 3000 BC, a flourishing urban civilization existed. The Sumerian civilization was predominantly agricultural and had community life. The Sumerians were adept at building canals and in irrigation. Excavated objects such as pottery, jewellery and weapons show they were also skilled in the use of metals like copper, gold and silver and had developed artistry and technological knowledge. China is the oldest surviving civilizations.
>Which is the world’s oldest film festival and name the special award which is given for its best film category? Venice Film Festival started in 1932. The Golden Lion Award.
>Which is the oldest lighthouse in the world? The 1st definite and documented lighthouse in the world was the Pharaohs of Alexandria built in 200 BC, although beacons were certainly used before that. The oldest working lighthouse in the world is at La Coruqa in north-west Spain near the town of Ferol. A lighthouse has been on this site since the time of the Roman Emperor Trajan. The world’s 1st stone lighthouse tower at sea was the Smeaton Eddystone lighthouse built in 1756-1759. Smeaton is today known as “the father of civil engineering”. When his lighthouse was finished it was lit with just 24 candles. Today the power of lighthouse lights could be equivalent to as many as several million candles.
>Who are the youngest and oldest captains to win the soccer world cup? The youngest captain was Cafuaka Marcos Evangelista de Moraes from Brazil. Born on 7th June 1970, he won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002. The oldest captain is Dino Zoff from Italy, born on 28th February 1942, he won the World Cup in 1982.
>Who is considered to be the oldest old soldiers? John B. Salling of the Army of the Confederate States of America and the last accepted survivor of the US civil war. He died in Kingsport, Tennessee on 16th March 1959 aged 113 years and 1 day.
RICHEST:
>India used to be the richest country in the world until the British invasion in the early 17th century.
>Which is the world’s richest ocean in terms of animal life? Antarctic Ocean.
SHORTEST:
>“Go” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
>It was 1st shown at the Paris World Fair in France in 1900. According to Guinness Book of World Records, the shortest size of this product in the world is in the shopping Mall, Okadaya More in Kawasaki, Japan which is 83 cm. What are we talking about? Escalator.
>June 21 and December 21 are usually our longest and shortest days. One would presume that at these times the earth would be farthest from the sun (June) and closest to it (December). Yet Aphelion (the greatest distance from the sun) and Perihelion (the closest approach) come later in July and January, why? Perihelion now takes place near the winter equinox when the earth’s axis is tilted away from the sun (from the point of view of northern hemisphere people) and the days are shortest. But this condition is not permanent. The earth’s axis wobbles, like that of a top, describing a cone in the heavens.
One complete wobble takes about 26,000 years, so the effect in a single lifetime, though measurable is not particularly impressive. The phenomenon is called the precession of the equinoxes, because one of its results is that the equinox comes earlier every year, as measured by sidereal time, until in 26,000 years the equinox moves once around the zodiac.
However, we need not wait 13,000 years for the earth to be nearest to the sun during the northern hemisphere summer because the ellipse of the earth’s orbit itself is also slowly rotating.
>The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels before God can stand up to anything.
>The shortest scheduled airline flight is made between the Island of Westray to Papa Westray off Scotland. The flight lasts 2 minutes.
>The shortest stage play is Samuel Beckett’s “Breath” – 35 seconds of screams and heavy breathing.
>The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
>Why isn’t the shortest day of the year also the coldest day? The atmosphere is sluggish and does not respond instantly to changes in sunshine. Heat from the sun absorbed by the atmosphere may be dispersed by wind or rising currents of air. While a decrease in sunshine means less warmth coming into the atmosphere from outside, warmth may continue to be transferred to one point on earth because of movement of warm air from some other point.
SLOWEST:
>The slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb and the fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
SMALLEST:
>Scientists have identified the world’s smallest snake – a reptile about 4 inches (10cm) long and as thin as spaghetti. It was found lurking under a rock on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Leptotyphlops carlae is smaller than any of the 3,100 previously known snake species. It is one of about 300 different species of thread-snakes and is a dark brownish gray with 2 yellow stripes. The snake which is not venomous, eats termites and termite larvae but little is known about its behaviour including whether it is nocturnal. It was found in 2006 in a forest on the eastern side of Barbados. It is about as wide as a spaghetti noodle. The snake is about 5mm shorter than another species from the Caribbean island of Martinique.
>The smallest visible sunspots have an area of 500 million square miles, about 50 times the size of Africa. The largest sunspots have an area of about 7000 million square miles.
>What is the smallest known unit of electrical charge? The electron.
>What is the smallest living organism in biology called and how many cells does it contain? The bacterium. It contains only one cell.
>When Monaco was admitted to the United Nations in 1993 it became the smallest country represented in terms of both area and population.
>Where was world’s smallest television set unveiled on 6th January 1983? Las Vegas, United States.

>Which is the smallest particle? Electron.


>Which is the smallest planet in the solar system? Mercury. About a decade ago, Mercury was thought to be the smallest planet. But information gathered since then shows Pluto to be much smaller. The diameter of Pluto is about 2900 kms., half of that of Mercury. Only recently, the two planets were thought to be about the same size. The new information about Pluto comes from earth based methods of observation. No man made satellites have been sent to Pluto and no missions to the outer most planets have been planned. Pluto is now 4.5 billion kilometers from the earth and can be as distant as 8.2 million kilometers away.
STRONGEST:
>The strongest human bite force ever recorded is 350 pounds. The strongest shark bite force ever recorded is 132 pounds!
>The strongest muscles in the body are those of the heart. >The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
>Which is the strongest industrial glue? There are many adhesives and they are used depending on the application and material to be bonded. The most common one is e-600 series, a high performance elastomeric adhesive, which bonds a broad range of materials.
TALLEST:
>At a height of 321 metres (1,053 feet) the Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the world’s tallest hotel. The building was designed to be a symbolic statement for Dubai, just as the Sydney Opera House. However it will be soon topped by the Rose Tower, a now completed hotel house in a 333 m (1,090 feet) tall tower – also in Dubai.
>Brihadheeswarar Temple is an architectural wonder and reflective of the artistic skills of the erstwhile Chozhaa rulers who ruled peninsular India in the early medieval period. Built by the Chozhaa king Raja Raajan I in Thanjaavur during the 11th century, it is one of the tallest temples in the world. It was so designed that the vimanam never casts a shadow at noon at any part of the year. Sama Varman was the chief architect of the Chozhaa court and was commissioned by Raja Raaja Chozhan to build the House of God. Sama Varman began his work diligently and took his work seriously. He began to design a structure, which was to stand on a 29 metres square base and rise up to a height of about 65 metres. Like all other Chozhaa temples, the Brihadheeswarar temple is also a fully carved structure. It stands within a huge compound, the walls of which rise above 15 metres. Raja Raaja Chozhaa built only the inner sanctum sanctorum and the gopuram (tower) on top of it, over a period of 12 years. He crowned its glory with 12.5 feet tall finial of 9.25 kgs. of copper plated with 800 g. of gold. Subsequent rulers kept adding to the whole complex, but interestingly, one will not find any of the additions jarring or out of step with the whole.
On entering the temple complex, one will find himself in a huge rectangular enclosure paved with stones. The corridor is at once peaceful and welcoming. Moving ahead, one will find the stone Nandhi (a bull, the mount (Vaahanam) of Lord Shiva). Before entering the sanctum sanctorum, one will come across 2 idols of the elephant-headed god Ganeshaa in the corriodor. Upon tapping the 1st, one will feel sound traveling through stone, while in the other it feels as if sound is traveling through metal. Another architectural wonder is seen in the tower on the right. At the top, one will find a huge dome or kalasam, which makes the topmost tower. It is made of black granite and estimated to weigh 80 tons. Besides, the vimaanam or gopuram on which this dome rests is itself 216 feet high. It is a wonder as to how such a heavy monolith was raised and finally placed on top! The solution was ingenious. A long ramp, 4 miles long, was constructed from the top of the tower – that is, from a height of 216 feet. The ramp ran all the way to another village by the name of Sarapallam. The 80 ton dome was rolled up along this ramp and placed where it stands today! >Which is the tallest temple structure in India? The Rajagopuram (tower) of the Srirangam Temple in Tamil Nadu is the tallest temple structure with 195 metres.

>Name the tallest Minaret in the world and where is it situated? Minaret of the Mosque of Hassan at Cairo, Egypt.


>The tallest mountain in the world when measured from base to summit, is not Mount Everest. Which one is it? Mau Kea 10,203 metres vs Mount Everest 8848 metres.
>The world’s tallest free fall rollercoaster is The Giant Drop located in Australia. The drop is 120 meters which is equivalent to a 39 storey building.
>Where, in the world, is the tallest building with the highest “Public Observation Deck”? Canadian National Tower is the tallest building in the world (553.33 metres) with a space deck of 447 metres – the highest Public Observation Deck.
>Where is the tallest statue in India? The statue of Rishabnath, the 1st Theerthankarar of the Jains, located 7kms from Barwani town in the West Nimar district of Madhya Pradesh, is believed tobe the tallest (52 yards) statue in India.
>Which is the tallest building in the world? Sears Towers of Chicago, USA – 1454 feet in height with 110 floors.
YOUNGEST:
>The youngest language in the world is Afrikaans. After 100 years, it is the second most spoken language in South Africa (Zulu being the most spoken).
>The youngest jockey was Australian born English Champion Frank Wootton (1893-1940) who rode his first winner aged 9 years 10 months.
>The youngest person to wear dentures is Alexander Stone of Kentucky, who was fitted with a set at the age of 4 years and 301 days. The boy suffers from dentinogenesis imperfecta, a hereditary condition that weakens the teeth.
>The youngest Pope was 11 years old.
>The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
>Who are the youngest and oldest captains to win the soccer world cup? The youngest captain was Cafuaka Marcos Evangelista de Moraes from Brazil. Born on 7th June 1970, he won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002. The oldest captain is Dino Zoff from Italy, born on 28th February 1942, he won the World Cup in 1982.
>Who is the world’s youngest king? Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk of Bhutan is, at 28, the world’s youngest king. This Oxford educated monarch took over from his father Jigme Singye Wangchuk on 6th November 2008. his coronation took place at the Golden Throne Room at Tashichhodzong, a fortress and the power centre of Bhutan.
WARMEST:
>The temperature of the earth’s interior increases by 1 degree every 60 feet down. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is minus 16 degrees celsius. The warmest temperature ever recorded on Antarctica was 3 degrees Fahrenheit.
WIDEST:
>160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world’s widest road.
WORST:
>The world’s worst traffic jam occurs during the summer on the road from Paris to Toulouse, France. The Y2K record of 604kms was well beaten in 2001 when holiday makers jammed up the road for 661kms.

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