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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The World's Largest

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!

Tallest Man
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.

Largest Insect
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!

Largest Hand
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.

Largest Cookie
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.

Largest Baby
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.

Largest Spider
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.

Largest Feet
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.

Largest Flower
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.

Largest Dog
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!*$%.

Largest Restroom
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.

Largest Bird
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.


  1. Well there you go there is a "Worlds largest restroom" - who knew ;o)

    Very interesting TT

  2. very educational - and a few "eww"s too.

  3. well I can see why the flower is so huge...if it stinks, nothing will get near it and it'll grow and grow and grow.

    My 13 are listed, I do hope you can find time to stop over! happy thursday

  4. I can't even tell you what I would do if I saw either the bug or the spider in real life. OMG!!!!! They are huge! And that dog!!!

    Fun post! :)

  5. Oh man, that bird and the dog (and the SPIDER!!!) are frightening! I have never heard of that bird before. Really interesting!(I am such a nerd).

  6. OK, the hand totally grossed me out!

  7. Crazy stuff!

    I wouldn't be caught dead holding any insect, much less one that big!

    That huge hand grosses me out! That's too weird?! Why is one hand normal size and the other so big?!

    Mastiffs are my favorite kind of dog but I don't think I'd want one that big!!

    A great and very interesting Thursday Thirteen!

  8. By the way, that huge restroom is crazy!! TV's inside?!!? Wow!

  9. Before reading this post I was having some pretty strong contractions, but after reading about the 17 lb. baby, I think my pelvis has stopped the contractions out of fear. I can't remember the details, but I think AOL had a story on a lady who recently gave birth to twins and one of the twins weighed like 10 lbs. and the other weighed like 12 lbs. I believe this is what hell would be like.

  10. Very comical and some sad but amazing.

    Thanks! That was fun.

  11. i seriously can't even look at the hand...

  12. Holy BIG BABY!!!! WOW!! I count my blessing for my 8 pounder!

  13. That beetle is massive. Lovely list.

    Happy TT

    B @ The Love Blog

  14. ouch, wow, agh, really?, ummmm...
    thanks for the thrill! :-)
    happy TT!

  15. Happy TT and oh my gosh on largest, hand, feet and baby...yikes!

  16. That is one BIG baby. I can guarantee you that I never would have had 4 if any of mine would have been that size!

  17. Simultaneously horrified and fascinated.

  18. Those are crazy. That spider is just gross. I would not like to come across one of those.

  19. wowzers!

    I have a friend whose husband is 7ft 1in and that's a rather intimidating height. I can't imagine 8ft 11in... wow!

  20. I've seen some of those but that bird is unbelievable!! That's crazy!

  21. Hmmm, those pictures, wow!, very interesting.

  22. The largest hands picture made me puke in my mouth a little.

  23. I don't know what I'd do giving birth to a 17 pound baby! My son is 21 pounds and he is over one year old! Props to that mom!!

  24. Yuck! That's to the insect and spider. I don't like them at a normal size. As for the baby - Owww!

  25. Wow! Cool to know... you should do a post on a lot of the smallest things now.

  26. This was fascinating to see and read!

  27. Very interesting and creepy! I swear I just found that bug in my driveway last night! Not even joking...I think I may have to post a picture of it.

  28. The largest cookie excites me a little bit. ;)

  29. Wow I was "ewwing" in so many levels reading these. That baby - OW is right! And I thin I would love the restroom thing. Weird childhood fascination with checking them out. So much fun reading. Thanks!

  30. Absolutely fascinating! I was steeling myself for the stats/photo on the largest snake but, thank God, you didn't show that one.

  31. CRAZY!!! And I like your picture of Palin. She must be one heck of a lady- mother of five... Awesome!

  32. Ahhhhhhh, whoa. Some things you never think could possibly happen and yet.....Where do you find this stuff?

  33. Evey time I see that 17lb baby I just in shock, how in the world?!

    Funny list~

  34. I think the worlds largest spider just scarred me for life.

    Great post.

    And that baby?? Yikes!

    I thought 6 pounds 9 was plenty big enough thanks!

  35. That was really interesting!!! Your right about that baby.. there is no way it was coming out without the help of a c-section!!!

    I loved your cheap toys post too!!! I think I might have to go out and by the talking tool set for my son... he'll be six month very soon!!!

  36. Even though some of these grossed me out, I just couldn't stop reading. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Okay.
    Most of that stuff just scared me.
    Maybe even scarred me.
    Except for the cookie.
    I could curl up with that!