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Manta Ray Species

The manta ray (Manta birostris) is the largest species of the rays. The largest known specimen was more than 7.6 metres (25 ft) across, with a weight of about 2,300 kilograms (5,100 lb). It ranges throughout tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of the sharks and rays.[2]

Mantas have a variety of common names, including Atlantic manta, Pacific manta, devilfish, and just manta. At one time it was thought that there were many species of Manta. However, the modern scientific consensus has been that there is just one species,[3] a view supported by mitochondrial DNA studies. [4]

Recent studies have suggested that what is called manta ray are at least two different species, one large that migrates, and another smaller one called Manta alfredi that does not.[5][6] The use of this name is questionable. The species alfredi was first used in the description of Prince Alfred’s manta ray by Krefft in 1868.[7] [8] Modern genetic studies have shown that Ceratoptera alfredi Krefft 1868, revised as Manta alfredi (Krefft, 1868), is a synonym of Manta birostris (Donndorff, 1798). The genus is generally considered to be in need of world-wide revision. Even the accepted name Manta birostris is often incorrectly ascribed to Walbaum (1792).

Manta Ray Species

Manta from below. Mantas usually give birth to a single pup after a 12 month pregnancy 

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Manta with yellow fish: Mantas could be one of the most intelligent creatures in the ocean

Manta Ray Species

Juvenile manta feeding: With a wingspan of up to 7 and a half metres (25 feet) mantas are the largest of all the rays

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Manta from below: The results of a tagging study showed that one of the giants, Magellan, swam 700 miles in 60 days

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Manta’s feeding together at Landaa Lagoon, Maldives

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Manta group in the Maldives: More than a a hundred manta rays gather for the monsoon

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Filming a manta at a cleaning station: Injured mantas are frequent visitors to the station

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Giant manta with divers: With a wingspan of up to 7 and a half metres (25 feet), the giant mantas are much larger than the reef mantas


February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Theme Park, Orlando

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Theme Park, Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a theme park based on JK Rowling’s best selling series, Harry Potter, due to open in the spring of 2010, at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure resort, in Orlando.

Artists have drawn artworks to show the world a small preview of the magical theme park. Let’s have a look at what we’ll be able to experience in the world of Harry Potter.

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

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World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

World Of Harry Potter Theme Park

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hubble telescope’s latest

Hubble telescope’s latest

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A renewed and rebuilt US telescope is now able to send its sharpest and best quality images till date. Now Hubble Telescope is able to capture deepest images of this cosmic beauty. Earlier this year Hubble Telescope was upgraded, which included installation of two new camera’s, new instruments and replacing broken parts, with cost nearly a  billion dollar. Here is a collection of most recent images from the upgraded Hubble Telescope and some images which were taken by same Hubble Telescope before the upgrade.

Hubble telescope's latest

This image shows the planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a new camera aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star’s outer layers, expelled over about 2,200 years. The “butterfly� stretches for more than two light-years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri

Hubble telescope's latest

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image creates a picture composed of gas and dust, the pillar resides in a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. The image shows that astronomers are given a much more complete view of the pillar and its contents when distinct details not seen at visible wavelengths are uncovered in near-infrared light. Scorching radiation and fast winds (streams of charged particles) from these stars are sculpting the pillar and causing new stars to form within it. Streamers of gas and dust can be seen flowing off the top of the structure.

Hubble telescope's latest

An image taken by the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope shows Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6217

Hubble telescope's latest

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment



In 1994, the foundation was formed as the William H. Gates Foundation with an initial stock gift of US$94 million. In 1999, the foundation was renamed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. After a merger with the Gates Learning Foundation in 2000, Gates gave an additional US$126 million.[2][9] During the foundation’s following years, funding grew to US$2 billion. On June 15, 2006, Gates announced his plans to transition out of a day-to-day role with Microsoft, effective July 31, 2008,[10] to allow him to devote more time to working with the foundation.

Bill and Melinda Gates, along with the musician Bono, were named by Time as Persons of the Year 2005 for their charitable work. In the case of Bill and Melinda Gates, the work referenced was that of this foundation.

The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.


The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to giving makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalis m revolution in global philanthropy, though the foundation itself notes that the philanthropic role has limitations. In 2007 its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America.

As Bill and Melinda pledge $10 billion over the next decade for vaccines in the developing world, Time magazine takes a look at what the world’s largest foundation does with it’s $34 billion endowment.
Sokoto State, Nigeria
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds education, agricultural- development and health projects around the world. In a recent grant, the foundation teamed with Rotary International and the British and German governments to help commit $630 million to fighting polio. The Bini Community Health Post, which Gates visited in February, above, is combating the disease in Nigeria, one of the last four countries in the world with a significant polio problem.

Moradabad, India
Children gather at a National Immunization Day booth to receive flags, whistles and balloons: small rewards in exchange for their bravery in agreeing to get inoculated against polio. This event was sponsored by Rotary International.

Los Baños, Philippines
In the world of agriculture, the foundation has funded organizations like the International Rice Research Institute, which received $31 million in two grants to produce a rice that is more efficient in photosynthesis and resistant to flooding and cold temperatures. These enhanced varieties will allow small farmers — many of whom live on less than $1 a day — to dramatically boost crop yields and lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
Gaborone, Botswana
In the fight against AIDS, the foundation, along with the global-health community, estimates that new HIV infections could be cut in half by 2015.

Manhica, Mozambique
Before the Gateses got involved, malaria — a disease that contributes to 1 million deaths a year — garnered little attention. "We gave a small grant at first, like $30 million," Bill Gates recalls, "and everybody said, ‘Wow! That is the greatest increase in nongovernmental spending in the history of malaria research!’ And I thought, Oh, you are kidding." Since then, the foundation has committed $1.6 billion to fighting the disease.
In 2006, billionaire investor (and Bill Gates buddy) Warren Buffett effectively doubled the foundation’s endowment by pledging $31 billion. Despite its massive wealth, the Foundation remains nimble: all it takes to move billions of dollars out the door is the approval of Bill and Melinda.
Memphis, Tenn.
Improving the American education system is a primary focus of the foundation’s work. Memphis City Schools, above, are among the beneficiaries of $335 million in grants aimed at improving teacher effectiveness and the fair and reliable measurement thereof, increasing the number of effective teachers and supporting and rewarding those teachers who are increasing student achievement. Ultimately, the foundation is committed to dramatically increasing the number of students who obtain a college or postsecondary degree.

Bogotá, Colombia
Although the Internet can be enormously useful in accessing health, government and job information, there are billions of people around the world who can never use it. In 2002 the foundation gave a $1 million Access to Learning Award to BibloRed, the public-library network of Bogotá, shown above, to expand its technology services.

New Delhi
How does the foundation know if its work is paying off? As Bill himself notes, "You don’t have customers who beat you up when you get things wrong … you don’t have a stock price that goes up and down to tell you how you’re doing." Indeed, the foundation has been criticized for focusing too much on cutting-edge vaccine research instead of on more readily available tools like mosquito nets, and for providing governments with an excuse to not spend their own money. Though the foundation rejects both of these criticisms, it nevertheless insists on rigorous self-evaluation and goes further than most in revealing its failures and missteps.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Haiti earthquake survivors blockade roads

Haiti earthquake survivors blockade roads with piles of corpses in protest at lack of aid


By Liz Hazelton
Last updated at 9:56 AM on 15th January 2010

  • Hundreds of criminals on the streets after prison collapses
  • 7,000 corpses are dumped in Haiti’s first mass grave
  • Aid workers pour on to island as emergency fund launched
  • Fears for British woman Ann Barnes who worked in collapsed building
  • Britain pledges £10m in aid as Brown describes ‘tragedy beyond imagination’

Desperate Haitians have set up roadblocks with corpses in Port-au-Prince to protest at the delay in emergency aid reaching them after the devastating earthquake.

Thousands of injured people spent a third night twisted in pain, lying on pavements waiting for help as their despair turned to anger.

‘We’ve been out here waiting for three days and three nights but nothing has been done for us, not even a word of encouragement from the president,’ said Pierre Jackson, nursing his mother and sister who lay whimpering with crushed legs.

‘What should we do?’

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Bodies fill the front yard of the morgue in Port-au-Prince. Angry survivors have started using corpses as road blocks

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Despair: Shocked crowds throng the ruined streets, many homeless, many simply afraid to go into any building

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An aerial view shows a ruined cathedral after Tuesday’s earthquake. Troops and planeloads of food and medicine streamed into Haiti to aid a traumatised nation

Desperate Haitians blocked streets with corpses in one part of Port-au-Prince to demand quicker relief efforts following Tuesday’s catastrophic quake, which flattened buildings and killed tens of thousands, leaving countless others homeless.

Bodies lay all around the hilly city, and people covered their noses with cloth to block the stench of death.

Corpses were piled on pickup trucks and delivered to the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, where hospital director Guy LaRoche estimated the bodies piled outside the morgue numbered 1,500.

The first British search and rescue workers to enter earthquake-ravaged Haiti were beginning to scour the rubble for survivors today as logistical problems continued to hamper the massive international relief effort.

Supplies and aid workers – including 64 search and rescue staff from UK fire services – were held up yesterday as Port-au-Prince’ s airport struggled to handle the influx of flights.

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Survivors gathered around bodies in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince photographed during a joint Red Cross Red Crescent/ECHO (European Community Humanitarian Organization) aerial assessment mission

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Thousands of homeless people have set up tent cities as they wait for aid to arrive

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People gather around a petrol pump seeking fuel. Petrol shortage is causing long queues and angry customers

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Shanty towns on the outskirts of the Haitian capital were flattened by the earthquake – the worst to strike the island nation in 200 years

More than 48 hours after disaster struck, masses of people demanded food and water, as well as help in digging out relatives still missing under the rubble.

Shaul Schwarz, a photographer for TIME magazine, said he saw at least two roadblocks formed with bodies of earthquake victims and rocks.

‘They are starting to block the roads with bodies. It’s getting ugly out there. People are fed up with getting no help,’ he said.

Angry survivors staged the protest as international aid committed by 30 countries began arriving in Port-au-Prince in dozens of planes that clogged the city’s small airport.

The Haitian Red Cross said it believed 45,000 to 50,000 people had died and 3 million more – one third of Haiti’s population – were injured or left homeless by the major 7.0 magnitude quake that hit its impoverished capital on Tuesday.

‘We have already buried 7,000 in a mass grave,’ President Rene Preval said.

The Haitian Red Cross said it had run out of body bags.

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James Girly, 64, of the US is brought out of a destroyed building of the Montana Hotel where he was trapped for 50 hours in Port-au-Prince

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Richard Santos, 47, of Washington, DC, speaks to a journalist in Port-au-Prince as he is attended to by a French military rescuer from the Securite Civile after being brought out of the Montana Hotel. French rescuers pulled seven Americans and one Haitian survivor

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Doctors in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, were ill-equipped to treat the injured.

Relief workers warned that many more people will die if the injured, many with broken bones and serious loss of blood, do not get first aid in the next day or so.

‘The next 24 hours will be critical,’ said U.S. Coast Guard officer Paul Cormier, 54, a qualified emergency worker who has triaged 300 people since Tuesday.

Planes full of supplies and search and rescue equipment began to arrive at Port-au-Prince airport on Thursday faster than ground crews could unload them, jamming the limited ramp space and forcing arriving aircraft to circle for up to two hours before landing.

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged an initial $100 million for Haiti quake relief on Thursday and enlisted former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to help raise more, vowing to the Haitian people: ‘You will not be forsaken.’

The United States was sending 3,500 soldiers, 300 medical personnel, several ships and 2,200 Marines to Haiti.

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An injured man in a wheelchair looks at the collapsed Haitian Governmental taxation building

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A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen after he was rescued from a collapsed home

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Gladys Loiuis Jeune is pulled alive from the rubble of her home in Port-au-Prince nearly 43 hours after Tuesday’s earthquake

The U.S. Navy said its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will arrive on Friday to serve as a ‘floating airport’ for relief operations by its 19 helicopters.

The United States pledged long-term help for the crippled Haitian government. The presidential palace, the parliament, the cathedral and many government buildings collapsed.

The main prison also fell, allowing dangerous criminals to escape.

Nations around the world pitched in to send rescue teams with search dogs and heavy equipment, helicopters, tents, water purification units, food, doctors and telecoms teams.

But aid distribution was hampered because roads were blocked by rubble and smashed cars and normal communications were cut off.

Relief agencies’ offices were damaged and their staff dead or missing. The port was too badly damaged to handle cargo.

Many hospitals were too battered to use, and doctors struggled to treat crushed limbs, head wounds and broken bones at makeshift facilities where medical supplies were scarce.

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Sarlah Chand ,65, smiles as search and rescue workers tend to her after they rescued her from under the rubble of what is left of the Hotel Montana more than 50 hours after the massive earthquake

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Ppolice officers from the Philippines search for colleagues who may be trapped in the rubble of the UN Police Headquarters in Port-au-Prince

Makeshift tents were strung everywhere and Haitians at one informal camp approached journalists shouting ‘water, water.’

‘Please do anything you can. These people have no water, no food, no medicine, nobody is helping us,’ said Valery Louis, who organised one of the camps.

Haitians clawed at chunks of concrete with bare hands and hammers, trying to free those buried alive.

From time to time, aftershocks shook the city, sending panicked people running away from buildings.

A 35-year-old Estonian, Tarmo Joveer, was freed from the rubble of the United Nations’ five-story headquarters early Thursday, and told journalists he was fine.

The U.N. said at least 36 members of its 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission had been killed and scores remained missing.

Brazil said 14 of its soldiers were among the dead.

Fourteen people were pulled alive on Thursday from the landmark Montana Hotel, which was largely flattened.

Chilean Army Major Rodrigo Vazquez, who was directing the rescue, said: ‘We estimate 70 more inside. This is devastating. ‘


Google have also released satellite images of the devastation caused in Haiti, after being asked by relief organisations and users to provide up to date images of the country.

The pictures show the amount of damage caused to building in the Port-au-Prince, as well as thedestruction caused to the national palace.

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Before (left) and after satellite images released by Google Maps and GeoEye after the earthquake

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Satellite images show the damage caused to a large section of the National Palace in the 7.0 quake

In a blog post, Dylan Lorimer and Jessica Pfund of the Google Map Maker team wrote: ‘We hope that Google Map Maker can also play a role in disaster relief efforts.

‘Today, we have made this Map Maker data for Haiti available to the UN in its raw form for the earthquake relief efforts.’

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These before and after pictures of the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Haiti show the earthquake has destroyed part of the building and left the ground strewn with debris

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shame on Indian govt and Media

I wish this mail reaches right ppl, today itself. Please
take this as high priority to frwd.







Hosting Pakistani Flag and burning Indian Flag






A Kashmiri separatist leader burning the Indian Flag
Indian Flag
Burnt in Srinagar

Shame on Indian govt and Media also for not

making it Breaking News
The only country of the world, where one can dare to burn the national flag..
All these become the masala
breaking news of Indian news channels:
*       If Tendulkar cuts the cake which is made to look like national flag, he is condemned.
*       If Mandira Bedi wears a saree with the flags of all the countries being portrayed on that, is made to apologies.
*       If one cop in Kolkata and one in Bangalore is terminated of his duties for throwing the Indian national flag on ground, by mistake.
Then why double standards:

*       During the ongoing Amarnath Sangarsh, Jammuites holding the Indian National Flag and chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ are open fired by the J&K Police on orders from the  Police Commissioner(belongs to kashmir). Peaceful protesters are killed..

*       Like in case of Amarnath case, people in Kashmir
when want to get some demand fulfilled, protest by burning Indian national Flag, hosting Pakistani Flag and chanting ‘Hindustan Murdabad, PakistanJindabad’. But no body condemns. Infact, all such protest are followed by a team of union ministers visiting Kashmir and immediately sanctioning a few thousand crore rupees for Kashmiris.

*       Every year on 14th Aug (Pakistani Indipendence Day), Pakistani flag is hosted every where in Kashmir, including the govt. buildings and on 15th Aug, same people burn the Indian flag.

This only happens in India!!!!
just see d pictures above

eally shame on indian media
who never shows
these pics………
shame shame shame
! If  These Are Breaking News…..








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April 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

World Largest Objects

15 of the World’s Largest Objects!

Here are 15 of the worlds largest objects, from swimming pools to motorcycles to football tables!

Worlds Largest Objects

World’s Largest Book

The award for largest published book goes to an author and scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michael Hawley. The 133-pound book is five by seven feet, 112 pages, needs a gallon of ink for printing, and costs $2,000 to produce. Its title? “Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Kingdom.”
World’s Largest Motorcycle

Officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Gregory Dunham, from California’s Stockton, built the world’s largest motorcycle. Greg spent three years in his workshop crafting this 11 feet tall, 20 feet long monster bike which is powered by a 8.2 litre (V8 engine and has tyres that are 1.88 m tall. The 6,500-pound motorcycle with a pricetag of $300,000 is totally rideable.
World’s Largest Bottle of Wine

It’s a 490 liter Grande Cuvee TBA NV No.7 2005 of Austrian wine maker Kracher, presented in Rehetobel Switzerland. The bottle itself has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest bottle of wine, holding the equivalent to 640 regular bottles of wine.
World’s Largest Revolver

You’re looking at what probably is the largest revolver in the world: a replica of Remington model 1859, by Mr. Ryszard Tobys. It’s 1.26 meter (4.13 ft.) long.
World’s Largest Pencil

This mother-of-all writing utensils weighs in at 21,500 lbs and stretches to 76 feet long and it’s a version of the classic No. 2. The huge pencil was built in New York by Ashrita Furman and many talented craftsmen.
World’s Largest Pinata

Breaking the Guinness Record for the world’s largest pinata, according to an onsite Guinness adjudicator, this giant mock donkey measured 28.5 meters long; 7.2 meters wide and 18 meters tall and was filled with 8,000 pounds (3,628 kilograms) of candy. A wrecking ball was used to help smash the pinata during a public event, where Carnival Cruise Lines was producing a television commercial.
World’s Largest Crossword

The Ukrainian city of Lvov has recently installed what might just be the world’s largest crossword (in physical size). The puzzle covers the entire side of a residential tower block that’s approximately 30 meters tall. During the day the crossword appears empty – with the answers lighting up at night. The questions for the puzzle are located in different point of interests of the city: monuments, theatres, fountains etc. so people walking around the city can try to solve the puzzle and write down their answers. When night comes they can meet at this house and check how they did.
World’s Largest Easter Egg

In 2005, a Belgian city entered the Guinness Book of Records creating the Largest Easter Egg ever. The Belgian chocolate producer Guylian made the chocolate egg with at least 50,000 bars. The egg measured 8.32 metres high, beating the previous record made in Kwazulu-Natal, South-Africa in 1996. Twenty-six craftsman worked altogether 525 hours to build the egg. They used 1950 kg (4300 lb) of chocolates.
World’s Largest Burger

Weighing in at 123 pounds, this giant burger features an 80-pound beef patty, a 30-pound bun, 12 tomatoes and 160 slices of cheese. Made at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, Pennsylvania restaurant, they also throw on a pound each of lettuce, ketchup, mustard and mayo — and up to five onions. The menu price for the Beer Barrel Main Event Charity Burger comes at $379.
World’s Largest Swimming Pool

This swimming pool is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water. Acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest swimming pool, it took five years to build, cost nearly £1billion and the annual maintenance bill will be £2million.
The man-made saltwater lagoon has been attracting huge crowds to the San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile’s southern coast. The saltwater pool contains 250,000 cubic metresof water and is even navigable in small boats.
World’s Largest Chair

This is not Photoshopped —it’s an actual photograph of the world’s largest chair, in the piazza of Manzano, Italy, a city of chair makers where it was created.
World’s Largest Birthday Cake

Made in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair, the world’s largest birthday cake weighted 25,000 pounds and stood 23 feet tall. The ingredients list includes the 10,500 pounds of flour needed for the cake.

World’s Largest Cheese

Dutch gourmet cheese maker Beemster made a record-breaking cheese wheel. The giant cheese measures 6 feet wide and weighs 1,323 pounds.
World’s Largest Beer Can

Not much information on what could very well be the World’s Largest Beer Can.
World’s Largest Football Table

Here’s the largest table football game in the world. In fact, Table Football XXL is so huge, two entire soccer teams — 22 players — could face off with it, settling their challenges without ever setting foos on a real field. This monster was built by Amsterdam brewer Amstel, a stunt that coincided with the European Champions League Finals. If this wanted to buy this one, you’d need six flight cases just to ship it to you.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hotels Funny Wow

The Giraffe Manor is a luxurious and exclusive hotel located just outsideKenya’s capital, Nairobi, famous for its resident herd of giraffe. Apart from the top accommodation, you can enjoy Nairobi’s finest kitchens and bump heads with a giraffe or two. According to their website, the Giraffe Manor is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breathtaking experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table and at the front door.

2. It’s not the comfort you’re usually accustomed with, but the dasparkhotel is an innovative hospitality tool many people are starting to enjoy. Located in Ottensheim, Austria, the offbeat hotel offers three 10-ton segments of drainage pipe, each 6.5 feet in diameter for you to stay in..

Located in Harlingen, one hour drive from Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Harbour Crane offers you total control over your accomodation. Used until 1996 to unload timber, the crane is now offered for day-time and night-time occupation by two people.

A hotel dog lovers will particularly enjoy, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a hotel located in Cottonwood, Idaho, in the shape of a beagle. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Some of the decorations and furniture inside the hotel are made by an artist to fit in with the hotel’s theme

Perhaps one of the most luxurious places you can stay in is the Hotel Everland in Paris, a one-room inn on the roof of the Palais de Tokyomuseum. The hotel includes bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge, being only available one night. The view is one of the most magnificent – Seine and the Eiffel Tower shining bright at night. You can only make reservations online, just one random hour a day.

6. Mixing Turkish and European influence, the Marmara Antalya, in Antalya, Turkey, is Turkey’s most prestigious chain, taking pride in stunning views, great architecture and warm service. The exciting detail is that each of the two dozens room spins slowly so that guest take in the entire view.

Also located in Turkey is the Cappadocia Hotel, a building literally carved into the Yunak Evleri mountain cliff. It offers cave houses, just like the Flintones had, and a 19th century Greek mansion – complete with 30 rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th century

Part of the Woodlyn Park in New Zealand (the Hobbit Motel) is likely the place where hobbits stayed while shooting Lord of The Rings. You can stay in one of the two hillside burrows that are almost identical to the ones J.R.R. Tolkien talks about in his books

Just outside of Cave Junction, Oregon, the the Out ‘n’ About Tree sort Tree house Institute offers 18 tree houses you probably couldn’t have dreamt up as a child. Many rooms have bathrooms and refrigerators. Some are located at an amazing height of 300 feet. Nothing better for a serene vacation than living it up in the woods.

Another interesting destination for New zealand, Christchurch more precisely, is the Wagon Stays. The name says it all: you get to stay in wagons equipped with bathrooms, kitchens, and satellite TV. Wagon Stays offers the atmosphere of an early settlers wagon combined with modern facilities to maximize your comfort.


April 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

7 Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

1 – Dubai aquarium in the Dubai Mall

Stingrays swim in the Dubai aquarium in the Dubai Mall, whichcovers the area of 50 soccer pitches.
The Dubai Aquarium – vast, entertaining, an engineering marvel, three storeys tall and featuring glass ‘walk-through’ tunnels that contain exotic marine life.

2 – Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

World’s Largest Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium,Atlanta, a wonderful home for more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species (notable specimens: whale sharks, beluga whales, manta ray) and with a capacity of 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine fresh water

3 – Churaumi Aquarium

World’s Second Largest Aquarium , Churaumi Aquarium,part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan; capacity: 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water; one of the few places where visitors can see a great variety of sea creatures including sharks andmanta rays.

4 – The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

AQWA, an unbelievable journey to the underwater world ofWestern Australia, “from the icy waters of the southern ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the Far North”
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia. It opened as Underwater World, Perth on April 13, 1988 and was acquired by the current owners, Coral World International and Morris Kahn, in 1991. It changed to its current name on January 1, 2001.
The facility holds approximately 400 species of marine life.

5 – UShaka Marine World

Largest Aquarium in AfricaUShaka Marine World, located onthe strip of land between the beachfront and the harbor in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; a beautiful amusement parkand at the same time the worlds fifth largest aquarium with 32water tanks. The sea creatures found in the aquarium range from small sea horses all the way through to sharks and dolphins. The Aquarium is built to look like an old wreck.

6 – AquaDom, Radisson Hotel Aquarium

World’s Largest Cylindrical Aquarium , AquaDom, Radisson Hotel Aquarium, Berlin; 25 meters high aquarium, with a capacity of 260,000 gallons of water and over 2,500 fish (56 species); visitors can travel through the aquarium using an encased elevator and get to the top where there is a restaurant and an open view of the city; hotel rooms can also experience the underwater view.

7 – The 32 million dollar Virtual Aquarium

World’s Largest Virtual Fish Tank, 30 by 250 meters LED screen or 32 million dollar Virtual Aquarium mounted at about 80 feet in the air between two shopping malls in Beijing.

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