Interesting Facts to Share with your Friends
We are always curious to know about what is happening around us. The more knowledgeable we are, the smarter we appear in our social circles. Here are a few interesting facts that you can share with your peer group:
- Tallest Man – Robert Pershing Wadlow, born in Alton, Illinois, USA, on February 22nd, 1918 measured 2.72m (8ft 11.1 in) in height. The last time he was measured was on June 27th, 1940. He died on July 15th, 1940 due to a septic blister caused by a brace that had not been fitted properly. Wadlows highest recorded weight was 222.71 (490 lbs.) at the age of 21 years. At the age of 9 he was able to carry his father Harold F.Wadlow, who incidentally was the Mayor of Alton, up the stairs.
- Shortest Man -He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, the autonomous region of China, stood as tall as 2 feet 5.37 inches. He was born with a certain kind of dwarfism and died at the age of 21 due to heart complications.
- Tallest woman – Sandy Allen, who was 7 feet 7 inches tall, inspired school children to accept people who are different from them. She died on August 13, 2008 in a nursing home in Shellbyville, Indiana USA. De-Fen Yao of China, who has a height of 7’9″(236, 2cm) is currently the tallest living woman. Her gigantism is caused by a tumor in her pituitary gland.
- Shortest woman – Madge Bester (born 1963) is considered to be the shortest woman in the world who is still living. Belonging to South Africa, her height is 2ft 1.5in.(65cm). She suffers from deformities of the skeleton and is in a wheel chair. She suffers from osteogenesis imperfect (brittle bone disease), which is a genetic bone disorder.
- Deepest Canyon – Cotahuasi Canyon in South western Peru enjoys the distinction of being the deepest canyon, although the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is also very deep. The Cotahuasi is cut by Rio Cotahuasi, which is a tributary of Rio Ocona and is 3354 metres deep, almost twice the depth of the well known Grand Canyon.
- Deepest Lake -Lake Baikal in Southern Siberia in Russia is also known as “Blue Eye of Siberia”. It is 5,712 feet (1,741 metres) deep. Several species of animals and plants can be found in its vicinity. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage site. Being 25 million years old, it is also considered to be the oldest lake in the world.
- Deepest Hole -The Soviets have been drilling the deepest hole in the Earth at Kola Peninsula, Russia, close to the Norwegian border. The Russians have been digging the hole since 1970. By 1985, it was 40,000 feet deep. In 1994, it reached a depth of over 42,000 feet (12,262 meters). The goal set for the Kola Peninsula was 15,000 meters, or almost 50,000 feet. The aim of the digging was not for finding oil or gas, but to understand the Earth’s crust. Previously, Bertha Rogers well in Okhlahoma stopped at 32,000 feet when molten sulfur was unearthed.
- Fastest Swimming Bird -Gentoo Penguins can be found on the Antarctic Islands. They can swim about 40km per hour. A large population of these birds can be found in South Georgia, Isles Kerguelen and Falkland Islands. They can be identified by their orange bill and a white stroke located behind the eye. Gentoo Penguins have long and stiff tail feathers, which stick out as they walk.
- Smallest Bird – The Bee Hummingbird (mellisuga helenae) is the smallest known bird. These hummingbirds are found in Cuba and weigh only 0.056 ounces. Length-wise, they are 2.5 inches or 6.2 cms. Half of their length consists of the tail and the bill.
- Longest sea bridge – Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the longest sea-bridge and is located in the business area of Shanghai, China. It spans 22 miles linking the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo across the Hangzhou Bay. This bridge cuts travel distance between Shanghai and Ningbo by about 75 miles. It consists of 6 lanes and allows traffic to travel at a speed of 62miles per hour.
These facts will add to your knowledge database. There are of course many more facts to discover that will enrich the mind. Learn more, broaden your horizon, and share your knowledge with others.