World’s 3rd, or Possibly 2nd, and Formerly 4th Largest Rotating Globe

October 21, 2008 at 6:25 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, India, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | Leave a comment
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The big, rotating World that set the benchmark for all subsequent big, rotating Worlds is still around and still rotating.

At 25 tons and 28 feet wide, the Babson World Globe was the world’s largest rotating earth-ball when it was built in 1955. It was covered with porcelain-baked steel tiles that recreated the continents and oceans. They fell off in 1984 and for the next nine years the World looked like a big, rusted ball. But in 1993 it was restored, and has remained in global standard shape ever since.

After the Babson Globe established the record, bigger Earths were built to cast bigger shadows. The Unisphere, symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was the biggest of all at 120 feet in diameter, but it doesn’t rotate. A 30-foot-wide, rotating globe was built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1957, and still stands in the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, but it no longer rotates. A septuagenarian in the small town of Apecchio, Pesaro, Italy, built a 33-foot-wide rotating globe in the 1990s, but it’s unclear if it still rotates or if it even still exists — and are you going to go to Apecchio, Pesaro, Italy, to find out? Better to stay right here, because the Italian globe was surpassed by even larger, named Eartha, which has rotated just up the highway from the Babson Globe, in Maine, since 1998.

While you’re visiting the Babson World Globe, drive behind the Coleman Map Building to see this odd marker:

“This monument has been erected by the Gravity Research Foundation. It is to remind students of the blessings forthcoming when a semi-insulator is discovered in order to harness gravity as a free power and reduce airplane accidents.”

The Worlds Longest Bike – Amazing

September 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Posted in entertainment, Information, World | Leave a comment
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Worlds Longest Bike

It has been to our attention that the longest bike in the world, officialy registered by Guiness record book is from Russia.It’s creator Oleg “Leshij” Rogov was from Tver city, a small town near Moscow city. He was a big biker fan since his childhood. One day he has got an idea to build the longest bike in the world, according to his own story “probably after he got too much  beer inside”.

Worlds Longest Bike

So after two years of planning and delaying he did it. He built the bike that was 31 feet 4 inches long (9 metres 57 cm). After the thing was ready he sent his claim to the Guiness book and got registered as longest bike in the world.

The saddest part of the story is that he got into accident and died this summer, still we have the photos of his creation, it would be some kind of tribute to him.

Worlds Longest Bike

Largest TV sculpture in the world – Shantan

September 2, 2008 at 12:02 pm | Posted in entertainment, History, Information, World | 1 Comment
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“LNK Infotree” (LNK Infomedis) is currently the largest TV sculpture in the world (Guinness World Record). It’s using 2,903 individual television sets, spanning 3,135 sq metres (33,744.85 sq ft) at the Open Air Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. I’ve been there a couple of years ago and it looked really amazing. It’s currently closed for reconstruction but we can look at some older images.

 

 

A statue of Lenin lies in the middle of the labyrinth. The sculpture symbolizes the absurdity of Soviet propaganda that for over half a century had been implanted in people¢s minds with the help of senseless TV.

All Lithuania has taken part in the creation of a labyrinth of television sets. People from various Lithuanian towns donated old TV sets after an appeal from Europos Parkas was broadcast on LNK television.

World’s Largest Diamond Mine

August 21, 2008 at 9:31 am | Posted in entertainment, History, hotels, Information, tourism, World | 1 Comment
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This diamond mine in eastern Siberia (Mirny, to be exact) is so deep that the surrounding “air zone… is closed for helicopters” after “a few accidents when they were ‘sucked in’ by downward air flow…”

Finally, look for the tiny red arrow in the following photograph; it’s pointing to a 220-ton rock-hauling truck more than 20′ tall.

Meanwhile, something altogether different and Jules Vernian is about to occur thanks to some Japanese scientists hoping to drill down into the earth’s mantle: “Using a giant drill ship launched [in July 2005], the researchers aim to be the first to punch a hole through the rocky crust that covers our planet and to reach the mantle below.”
And then, in an oddly Borgesian, or perhaps MC Escherian, moment of nomenclatural mise-en-abîme, “The 57,500-tonne drill ship Chikyu (Japanese for Earth) is being prepared in the southern port of Nagasaki. Two-thirds the length of the Titanic, it is fitted with technology borrowed from the oil industry that will allow it to bore through 7,000 metres of crust below the seabed while floating in 2,500 metres of water – requiring a drill pipe 25 times the height of the Empire State building.”
For some sense of perspective here, the diamond mine, pictured above, is 1200 meters deep; that means that to reach the mantle, the Japanese will have to produce a drill-hole nearly seven times deeper than the mine (which sounds alarmingly easy, actually – I was expecting to be horrified).
In any case, the drill-ship is called *Earth* and it’s being drilled down into the earth… The attack of the simulacra begins.

[Note: This post originally stated that the mine was in South Africa – but I’ve corrected myself thanks to the comment, below. And apologize. It is, in fact, in Russia as this BBC slideshow – which I actually looked at a few days ago without noticing (uh…) – makes clear. This BBC link also inverts the figures I had, so who knows: I had 1200m deep and 500m wide (which I suppose is a bit unlikely); the Beeb says the opposite. If that is the case, however, then that Japanese bore-hole into the earth’s mantle will actually be at least *fourteen times* deeper than the Mirny mine…]

– Shantan Nethikar

Dubai to Build World’s Largest Arch Bridge

August 21, 2008 at 7:28 am | Posted in dubai, entertainment, History, hotels, Information, tourism, World | Leave a comment
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Dubai is set to spend $817-million on building the world’s largest arch bride, at 617-feet tall and 1-mile in length. Expect it to be in service by 2012.

 

 – Shantan Nethikar 

 

WordCamp San Francisco 2008

August 19, 2008 at 7:24 am | Posted in dubai, entertainment, hindi, History, hotels, Information, shayari, tourism, World | Leave a comment
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It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for our annual WordCamp San Francisco conference.

This year’s speaker lineup is, how to put it? Kickass. Not to mention swiftly growing. Automatticians and other awesome WordPress users will tell you all about:

The future of WordPress
How to be a better blogger
Increasing traffic
Fun with APIs
And tons more.

Be the first to catch a brand-new rap about WordPress by Chuck Lewis, aka The SEO Rapper. Got questions? Bring them to our version of the Genius Bar. The geniuses are itching to be stumped. Try it. I dare you.

This year’s conference is a one-day event, August 16 at the Mission Bay Conference Center. Signups will be closing soon, so head over to the WordCamp site to register.

There’s also a special event the day after WordCamp: the WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt.

The team that racks up the most points completing missions and finding weird stuff around SF wins sweet WordPress schwag. All proceeds will go to 826 Valencia, a local non-profit dedicated to helping students advance their writing skills. Register via Eventbrite to participate.

Shantan Nethikar

World War II – by Shantan Nethikar

August 18, 2008 at 11:56 am | Posted in History, Information, World | Leave a comment
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Second World War (1939–45)  International conflict principally between the Axis Powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—and the Allied Powers—France, Britain, the U.S., the Soviet Union, and China. Political and economic instability in Germany, combined with bitterness over its defeat in World War I and the harsh conditions of the Treaty of Versailles, allowed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party to rise to power. In the mid-1930s Hitler began secretly to rearm Germany, in violation of the treaty. He signed alliances with Italy and Japan to oppose the Soviet Union and intervened in the Spanish Civil War in the name of anticommunism.

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 Capitalizing on the reluctance of other European powers to oppose him by force, he sent troops to occupy Austria in 1938 ( Anschluss) and to annex Czechoslovakia in 1939. After signing the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. Two days later France and Britain declared war on Germany. Poland’s defeat was followed by a period of military inactivity on the Western Front ( Phony War). At sea Germany conducted a damaging submarine campaign by U-boat against merchant shipping bound for Britain.

By early 1940 the Soviet Union had divided Poland with Germany, occupied the Baltic states, and subdued Finland in the Russo-Finnish War. In April 1940 Germany overwhelmed Denmark and began its conquest of Norway. In May German forces swept through The Netherlands and Belgium on their blitzkrieg invasion of France, forcing it to capitulate in June and establish the Vichy France regime. Germany then launched massive bombing raids on Britain in preparation for a cross-Channel invasion, but, after losing the Battle of Britain, Hitler postponed the invasion indefinitely. By early 1941 Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria had joined the Axis, and German troops quickly overran Yugoslavia and Greece in April. In June Hitler abandoned his pact with the Soviet Union and launched a massive surprise invasion of Russia, reaching the outskirts of Moscow before Soviet counterattacks and winter weather halted the advance. In East Asia Japan expanded its war with China and seized European colonial holdings. In December 1941 Japan attacked U.S. bases at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines. The U.S. declared war on Japan, and the war became truly global when the other Axis Powers declared war on the U.S. Japan quickly invaded and occupied most of Southeast Asia, Burma, the Netherlands East Indies, and many Pacific islands. After the crucial U.S. naval victory at the Battle of Midway (1942), U.S. forces began to advance up the chains of islands toward Japan. In the North Africa Campaigns the British and Americans defeated Italian and German forces by 1943. The Allies then invaded Sicily and Italy, forcing the overthrow of the fascist government in July 1943, though fighting against the Germans continued in Italy until 1945. In the Soviet Union the Battle of Stalingrad (1943) marked the end of the German advance, and Soviet reinforcements in great numbers gradually pushed the German armies back.

The massive Allied invasion of western Europe began with the Normandy Campaign in western France (1944), and the Allies’ steady advance ended in the occupation of Germany in 1945. After Soviet troops pushed German forces out of the Soviet Union, they advanced into Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Romania and had occupied the eastern third of Germany by the time the surrender of Germany was signed on May 8, 1945. In the Pacific an Allied invasion of the Philippines (1944) was followed by the successful Battle of Leyte Gulf and the costly Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa (1945). Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, and Japan’s formal surrender on September 2 ended the war. Estimates of total military and civilian casualties varied from 35 million to 60 million killed, including about 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Millions more civilians were wounded and made homeless throughout Europe and East Asia.

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