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10 Largest Things Of Their Kind In The World

10 Largest Things Of Their Kind In The World

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Humankind has always been impressed by really, really large things. Whether natural (like the Grand Canyon, which hosts around five million visitors per year) or man-made (like, say, the world’s largest fire hydrant in Beaumont, Texas, which draws considerably fewer), we seem to be inexorably drawn to things that make us feel tiny. It seems that in our never-ending quest to list interesting things, though, some of the largest have been strangely overlooked. 10 Airplane What you see in the image above is the AN-225 “Mriya,” a Ukrainian airliner, giving a piggyback ride to a Russian space shuttle. Yes, the world’s largest aircraft is capable not only of delivering hundreds of tons of cargo and complete, arena-sized concert stages, it’s the aircraft you will nee...
10 Lesser-Known Facts About the Titanic

10 Lesser-Known Facts About the Titanic

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The Titanic was a mighty ship brought to its knees by an iceberg. It’s a ship few people on this Earth have never heard of—a real life fable told from generation to generation so that we might learn the lessons of our forefathers. Don’t reach to far too fast or you might come a cropper. Although the tragedy of the Titanic is common knowledge for most of us, there are many little fascinating facts about the great boat which aren’t. And as is so often the case with the tragedies of humankind, they highlight not only our most shallow and cynical sides but also our most gallant and sympathetic sides as well. Here are ten lesser known tantalizing Titanic facts… Fact: Silent Screen Star Survives And Makes a Profit Off The Tragedy Dorothy Gibson was a pretty big deal in her time. A star of the
10 Strange Sex Facts From Around The World

10 Strange Sex Facts From Around The World

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As anyone who’s done an Internet search without carefully filtering the results can attest, people do some crazy things with their clothes off. Around the world, humanity has a grand history of holding some rather bizarre attitudes toward sex, and whether it leads to sexual proclivity or prudishness, there are a ton of strange happenings regarding sex. 10Nazi Sex Dolls It is easy to forget just what a horrifying scourge syphilis used to be. Today, the offending bacteria is easily cleared up with a regimen of antibiotics, but not so long ago, it waylaid entire generations. The latent stages of syphilis ravaged the entire body and left victims brain-damaged. Al Capone, a well-known sufferer, was said to be raving and disoriented toward the end of his life, with the mental capacity ...
10 Totally Crazy Facts About Al-Qaeda

10 Totally Crazy Facts About Al-Qaeda

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Founded in Pakistan by Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda has become the best known and most hated terrorist organization on the planet. Ever since 1988, Al-Qaeda has served as “the base” for worldwide jihad, and we’re all familiar with their various crimes. However, when they’re not making headlines for blowing up buildings, Al-Qaeda terrorists are dreaming up business schemes, devising some pretty weird plots, and generally acting, well, strange. For example: 10 They Occasionally Show Remorse Al-Qaeda isn’t exactly known for its incredible sensitivity. After a “successful” attack, the head honchos usually release a celebratory video, decrying American imperialism and preaching death to the infidels. However, on a few occasions, Al-Qaeda has stunned the world by publicly saying, “We’re sorry.” We
10 Fascinating Facts About Indian Wildlife

10 Fascinating Facts About Indian Wildlife

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Wildlife is one of the major fundaments of India’s Hindu religion, since a great many of their deities revisit the Earth on four legs. But animals are integral to the culture of India in more than just religious ways. Below are 10 intriguing facts about the animals of India, from the deadly to the drunken to the disgusting. 10 Puppy Pregnancy Syndrome Dog bites are a problem around the globe, but in the Western world, most canines are inoculated against rabies, and it’s merely a painful nuisance. In India, the repercussions can be far worse. The country boasts more stray dogs than any other on earth—tens of millions attacking humans at will. It’s estimated that some 20,000 people die of rabies in India every year. In more rural areas, a bizarre phenomenon has ...
Top 20 Facts About Sleep

Top 20 Facts About Sleep

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The science of sleep is a modern one – in fact most scientific information on sleep has been gained in the last 25 years. This is a list of 20 very interesting facts about sleep. Facts 1 – 10 1. The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses. 2. It’s impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it. 3. Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep...
10 Fascinating Facts About Eskimos

10 Fascinating Facts About Eskimos

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Eskimos. Eskimaux. Inuit–Yupik. Inupiat–Yupik. There are many names for the brave, kayak-paddling people of the North who live in some of the harshest conditions known to man. But what do we really know about them? Beyond the igloos, harpoons, and hooded fur coats, most people know very little about these historical hunter-gatherers and their modern kin. 10 The Name Although it can be (and often is) used in neutral context, the term “eskimo” is generally thought to be slightly racist, much the same way the term “Indian” is insulting to Native Americans. However, it’s technically considered an acceptable and commonly used scientific term with a fairly solid etymology. Although “eskimo” is thought to be either Danish or French (from the word “eskimeaux”), the name is probably based
10 Disturbing Facts About Drowning

10 Disturbing Facts About Drowning

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It is one of our most visceral fears; thrashing in the deep, far below the water’s surface, lungs burning for oxygen. Drowning claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year, a great many of whom are young children. Of course, exposure to water is a key factor in drownings, but there is a strong economic correlation as well. Those in poorer countries are far more likely to drown. In Bangladesh, 17,000 children drown annually—that’s 46 a day. Below are 10 facts about drowning; from a lake that never surrenders its victims to a party for lifeguards that ended in deadly irony. 10The Lake Where Drowning Victims Are Never Found Tucked in the Sierra Nevada mountains between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation destination with a chilling secret. The lake itself
Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Castles

Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Castles

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Castles aren’t the popular form of residence they once were. Mostly because advancements in civilization have rendered them obsolete. But there was a time when castles were a practical real estate choice, as both a sign and means to protect wealth. Now these sort of accommodations are much more discreet, yet there are plenty of ways to let the world know you’re successful than to build a pile of stone that is visible from far distances (Donald Trump notwithstanding). Let’s go back in time to when castles were in and technology was out. Here are ten interesting castle facts. Fact: No Toilets (at least not as we know them). This is perhaps one of the most uncomfortable features of the castle, as if the castle weren’t uncomfortable enough; there were no toile...
10 Surprising Secrets Of Modern Airliners

10 Surprising Secrets Of Modern Airliners

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The airliner is one of the pinnacles of the modern era: beautifully engineered, high-tech, bewilderingly complex, but accessible by all. Billions of people have traveled at blistering speeds at unimaginable altitudes to every corner of the world, often without a second thought for the enormous amount of technology and engineering all around them. Air travel arguably has done more to unite the globe than any other invention known to man. We live in the jet age. But there are some things even frequent flyers have never realized about the aircraft they travel in, small peculiarities about the modern airliner that live outside the realm of most people’s common knowledge. Until now, that is. 10There Are Explosive Charges Inside The Engines Let’s ignore the fact that the entire wing is fi
10 Off-The-Wall Survival Tricks And Tools

10 Off-The-Wall Survival Tricks And Tools

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As we’ve covered in the past here on Listverse, there are approximately one billion ways you could die. Nuclear winter, the robopocalypse—heck, just a simple camping trip gone wrong could leave you trapped in the merciless grip of nature’s fury, with nothing but your own wits and the questionable advice of this list to get you out alive. But to quote the wise men who have walked this fair earth in ages past, questionable advice is technically better than no advice—so here are ten unusual survival tips that could end up saving your life. And as a disclaimer, don’t actually try number three. The specifics of wilderness survival change a lot depending on what part of the world you’re trapped in. Knowing how to treat hypothermia is about as useful as a b...
Top 10 Facts About the Battle of Stalingrad

Top 10 Facts About the Battle of Stalingrad

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The Battle of Stalingrad has been something has long fascinated me, the Soviets at the close of WW2 went on to become the antagonist in the Cold War, thus the Soviet contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany is often overlooked here in the West, however without the sacrifices made by mostly untrained and poorly armed men, women and in some cases children, it is almost certain we would be living in a very different world today. The battle began on August 23rd 1942 and ended with Germans surrendering on February 2nd 1943. What would eventually bring about the downfall of Hitler began here, carnage, brutality and loss of life unlike any the world had ever seen would mark the bloodiest battle of the most destructive war in history. I’ve tried provide a mixture of well known and slightly...
10 Compelling Facts About Homelessness

10 Compelling Facts About Homelessness

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Homelessness is an unfortunate affliction of every society. It would be easy to chalk the issue up to mere poverty, but there are dozens of different root causes. Sadly, it is often the most vulnerable among us who end up on the streets. Despite all manner of relief efforts, the problem seems to get worse and worse, even in the wealthiest areas. Below are 10 facts about homelessness—a compendium of tragedy with just a dash of hope. 10‘Things’ Even the most open-minded people in the world make comparisons between themselves and those around them. Our feelings toward people tend to be directly influenced by how capable and kind they seem to be. When judging others, an area of the brain called the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) becomes active, allowing us to decide with wh...