People love extremes. We, as humans, love to be curious, fascinated, shocked, and constantly wowed, that is why people slow down to stair at car accidents, that gossip magazines do so well, and why Madonna can't seem to just go away. So, to help keep your EXTREME THRILL LEVEL up, here is a list of.... The World's Largest!
Robert Wadlow is the original "gentle giant". He was born as a normal-sized baby, but soon his perky pituitary gland triggered serious abnormal growth. By the age of 13 he was already 7'4 and he kept getting bigger.... he eventually topped out at 8 ft. and 11.1 inches. He unfortunately died at the young age of 22. His death in 1940 attracted more than 30,000 mourners and has a statue of him in his home town, which is actually smaller than his correct size. This photo is of him and his father.
The South American Longhorn Beetle is recorded to be the largest insect out there, even though it isn't the longest or even the heaviest. All I know is that it can make me wet my pants 3.5 seconds faster than any other bug!
China's Liu Hua has his hands full with one bodily distinction: the world's largest hand; which measured with an 11 inch thumb, 14 inch index finger, and he could flip the bird with his 6 inch middle finger. Fortunately, Liu Hua's hand has stopped growing, making it able for him to finally have plastic surgery, but will continue to need a few more surgeries to completely repair his hand. Until then, he will have to enjoy his crazy thumb wrestling skills as long as he can.
Immaculate Baking Company in Hendersonville, North Carolina wanted to host a fund raising event by baking the world's largest cookie. With the help of 30,000 eggs, 6,500 pounds of butter and 6,000 pounds of chocolate they were able to make their 37,000 pound cookie, which has a 102 foot diameter and if you look closely in the picture, you can see a man in a red shirt standing in the middle of it. Thankfully the fund raiser was successful but unfortunately the cookie was over shadowed with rumors of the world's largest cookie monster.
Ladies be prepared, cause this story is going to make you go "OUCH"! So keep your legs crossed before you continue.....
Tatyana Barabanova of Siberia gave birth to her 12th child, Nadia, who weighed in at a whopping 17.1 pounds! This tot-zilla's size came as a complete shock to her mom, because Mrs. Barabanova states that none of her children have weighed more than around 8 pounds. So HALLELUJAH for C-sections, cause that is the only way the baby was going to make it out.
This is the Goliath Birdeater which has a foot long leg span! This tarantula is native in South America and feasts on mice and lizards mostly. Luckily for us, they are NOT poisonous, but they still give me a big scoop of the heebbie-geebies. The female Birdeaters have an average life span of 15 to 25 years, but the males die soon after maturity having a lifespan of 3 to 6 years. You can actually see a life-size of the Goliath here. I don't even want to know the crunching sound this guy will make.
At 7ft 6 ins, Matthew McGrory was not only the world's tallest actor, he also had the world's largest feet. McGrory had size 29½ shoes (European size 63). Matthew played in movies like Bubble Boy, Men in Black II, and in Big Fish. Unfortunately, Matthew passed away in August of 2005 to natural causes.
The Rafflesia is the world's largest, heaviest, rarest and the one of the most stinkiest flowers in the world!!! It grows to be about 3.5 feet wide and weighs around 20 pounds. The Rafflesia is a parasitic plant without any leaves, stems or roots. Its only food source is it's nutrient-absorbing threads that absorb nutrients from the host on which it lives. Basically, the worlds biggest moocher.
Zorba a Old English Mastiff weights in at 393 pounds. Not only does he weight 343 lbs but was also 8 feet 3 inches long from nose to tail! Potty training must have been a b!*$%.
Yes, you read right... the world's largest restroom! The congratulations go to the city Chong Qing in China and oddly enough, is made from all waste.... okay... well not THAT kind of waste, but recycled waste. It can support as many as 1,000 people using the restroom at the same time while also offering radio and TV to entertain its users. Holy crap.... literally.
This award goes to the Argentavis with an amazing 25 ft wingspan. A single feather from such a bird is estimated to have been 1.5 meters long (60 inches) and 20 centimeters wide (8 inches). I just hope that it never lefts its "mark" over someone's poor car.