If your attention span for poetry only extends to the length of time it takes to read a limerick, you may find yourself challenged if you try to read the Mahābhārata.
Be It Ever So Freakishly-Massive…
They say home is wherever you hang your hat. If you are the Sultan of Brunei, your home has enough space to hang the hats of a sizeable percentage of the human […]
Treat Your Senses — Empty Your Wallet
If you want to do more than simply satisfy the munchies with a quick snack, you might consider a visit to Sublimotion. A word to the wise, though: it’s going to cost […]
Need a Hand? They Have Plenty to Spare
Afflicted with a condition called macrodactyly, Lui Hua of Jiangsu, China had one of the largest hands on record. His left thumb was 10.5 inches (26 cm); his index finger was 12 […]
Let it Snow … And Snow … And Snow
The record for the most snow to fall in one day occurred on April 14, 1921, in Silver Lake, Colorado.
A Story About Many Stories
The Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai officially opened on January 4, 2010. It currently holds the record as the tallest man-made structure.
Take a Deep Breath and Read This Sentence…
For many years, James Joyce’s novel Ulysses held the record for the longest sentence in the English language. The 4,391-word monstrosity contained in Molly Bloom’s soliloquy seemed destined to hold the record […]
Older Than Methuselah
The oldest living thing on earth is a bristlecone pine located in the White Mountains of California, USA. When discovered and tested in 2013, it was determined to be 5,064 years old. […]
Ministers Marry Lots of People… But Typically By Officiating, Not By Participating
Rev. Glynn “Scotty” Wolfe (1908 – 1997) holds the Guinness World Record for the largest number of monogamous marriages. Between 1926 and his death in 1997, Wolfe was married twenty-nine times to […]
There Were So Many Bathers, Could They Find the River?
The Kumbh Mela is a tradition within the Hindu faith where the faithful gather for ceremonial bathing in a sacred river. On February 10, 2013, over thirty million people participated at Allahabad, […]
Don’t Try to Pronounce It If You Are Wearing False Teeth
The 85-characters long Maori name for a hill in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, is the longest place name found in any English speaking country. It is, Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungah-oronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, which roughly translates as, “the […]
Cold Enough For Ya?
The coldest temperature ever recorded on earth was in August, 2010 in Antarctica. Satellites measured surface temperatures of -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (-94.7 degrees Celsius). There is no way to disguise the fact […]
I’m Dreaming of a Best Seller
“White Christmas”, written by Irving Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby, is the best-selling single song of all time. With estimated sales in excess of 50 million for the original version and […]
Serve ‘Em Up Fast
Australian tennis player Samuel Groth holds the record for the fastest serve in a game. He smacked a ball at 163 mph (263 km/hr) in an event in Busan, South Korea in […]
Listen to the Song that Takes 639 Years to Play
UPDATED ON MAY 6, 2021 The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s “Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow […]