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The Unsung 3rd Member of the Apollo 11 Crew Reflects on the 50th Anniversary

On July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. The third member of the historic Apollo 11 mission was Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, whose mission was to bring everyone home. In this animated Google Doodle, Collins reflects on the 50th anniversary of the mission that changed our world forever. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/michael-collins-reflects-on-50th-anniversary-moon-landing/

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150 Million Year Old Dinosaur Footprints in France

© P. Dumas In the Jura Mountains, outside the French village of Plagne, you will find a ~500ft/150m long stretch of dinosaur footprints dating back 150 million years. After examination, scientists from the Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon (CNRS / ENS de Lyon / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (CNRS / Université Clermont Auvergne / Université Jean Monnet / IRD), and the Pterosaur Beach Museum concluded the tracks were left by a Sauropod measuring at least 115ft/35m long and weighing no less than 35 tonnes.…

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At 1/6000th of a Second, the Hairy Frogfish Has the Worlds Fastest Bite

The speed of a hairy frogfish’s bite is the result of a vacuum in its mouth that can suck in its prey in just 1/6000th of a second. It’s so fast that even slow-motion video struggles to capture it. From the Series: Great Blue Wild: Life in the Muck Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/hairy-frogfish-worlds-fastest-bite/

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The Sweet Reason Behind the Worlds Smallest McDonalds Restaurant

Apparently some of the McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden have beehives on their rooftops. A great use of space that would otherwise go unused. The initiative started out locally but has grown into a nationwide effort. As more franchisees around the country are joining the cause, some have also started replacing the grass around their restaurants with flowers and plants that are important for the wellbeing of wild bees. To celebrate the initiative, which is part of McDonald’s Sweden’s sustainability work, they created the world’s smallest McDonald’s – a fully functioning…

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The Incredible Teamwork Behind the First Ever Image of a Black Hole

EHT Collaboration In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT (Event Horizon Telescope) researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. The image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. Messier 87 Messier 87 The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international…

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Worlds Smallest Boy (Born 268g/9.45oz) Gets Discharged From Hospital

© Reuters The world’s smallest-known baby boy to be born and survive was just discharged from the hospital after spending 5 months in neonatal intensive care. Born in Tokyo, Japan 16 weeks early last August, the baby boy weighed just 268 grams (9.45 ounces) at birth. According to The Telegraph: Doctors performed an emergency caesarean section at 24 weeks when he failed to grow during the pregnancy and experts feared his life was in danger. Now weighing 3.2 kg (7.05 pounds), the amazing little baby was sent home from the…

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RIP Mars Opportunity Rover. Designed For 90 Days, It Lasted 14 Years

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity…

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The Tallest, Shortest, and Fattest Men in Europe, 1913 (Colorized)

Colorized by Jecinci In this colorized photo by Jecinci, we see Europe’s tallest known man (Cornelius Bruns) playing cards with Europe’s fattest man (Cannon Colossus) and shortest man (unknown) in 1913. According to sleuths and commentors on reddit, the original caption of the black and white photo reads: “Cannon, the giant Dutch colossus weighing 738 pounds, doing a game with the biggest Russian Casacque and the 70 year old Dwarf Chip” Did you notice that Cannon is also sitting on two chairs tied together? I wasn’t able to find much…

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Gymnast Sets Horizontal Bar Backflip World Record with 20 ft Leap

Gymnast Ashley Watson has set a new Guinness world record performing a horizontal bar backflip. The Leeds gymnast is seen flying 5.87m (almost 20ft) through the air. Watson is a part of the Great Britain gymnastics squad and it wasn’t until his sixth attempt that he managed to complete the record. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/horizontal-bar-backflip-world-record-ashley-watson/

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Olympic Legend Uses Butt to Smash the Most Random World Record Ever

Saori Yoshida is wrestling royalty in Japan. With 3 Olympic Gold Medals (and 1 silver) and 13 world championships, she was also the flagbearer for Japan at the 2012 Olympics. In 2007, she became the first female wrestler to be named Japanese Athlete of the Year, and in 2012 she received the People’s Honour Award. So yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. On August 25, 2018 she also became the official World Record Holder for “Most balloons burst by sitting in one minute” with 123 balloons burst. The bizarre…

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The Only Person To Ever Golf on the Moon

Image Credit: NASA On February 6, 1971 Alan Shepard became the first and only person to ever golf on the moon. To pull off the feat, Shepard used a modified six iron with the club head affixed to the handle of a ‘contingency sample return device’. Shepard duffed the first ball, but estimates his second shot travelled more than 200 yards. You can watch the historic moment in the embedded video below. After returning to Earth Shepard donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica can also…

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The Worlds Smallest Cat is Ridiculously Adorable and there are Photos to Prove It

Meet the rusty spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus), the world’s smallest feline and a strong contender for the cutest wild creature you could ever encounter in the forest. Although the solitary feline is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and only weighs 2-3.5 pounds; it is armed with agility, athleticism, a curious spirit and eyes six times more powerful than humans. Check out the embedded video below to see this little beauty in action as he explores his forest home in Sri Lanka. The clip is from…

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Burning Since 1901, this Bulb is the Poster Child for Planned Obsolescence

At 117-year-old (as of June 2018), the Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb. Burning since June of 1901, it is currently located inside Fire Station #6 at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The bulb has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric as the world’s longest-burning light bulb. The Centennial Light was originally a 30-watt or 60-watt bulb but now is very dim, emitting about the same light as a…

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The Worlds Steepest Cliff Railway Just Opened in the Swiss Alps

After 14 years of planning and construction, the world’s steepest funicular railway has opened to the public in Switzerland. The cliff railway runs from the town of Schwyz to the car-free Alpine village of Stoos. To ensure that passengers stay upright on the incline, specially constructed cylindrical carriages were used as the funicular climbs at a gradient of 110% (47.73 degree incline) at its steepest point. Learn more about this engineering marvel in the video embedded below, along with additional photos and facts about the brand new ‘StoosBahn’. [Sources: BBC,…

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