Odds and Ends 

Nirmal Purja Summits All 14 Eight-Thousanders in Record 6 Months

In just 6 months and 6 days, Nirmal “Nims†Purja MBE has completed his challenge to summit Earth’s 14 tallest mountains, smashing the previous record of almost eight years and taking his place in mountaineering history. “I am overwhelmed and incredibly proud to have completed this final summit and achieved my goal of climbing the world’s 14 tallest mountains in record time. It has been a gruelling but humbling six months, and I hope to have proven that anything is possible with some determination, self-belief and positivity. I could not…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

In Memory of Zeus, the Tallest Dog Ever Measured by Guinness

Photograph via Guinness World Records According to a recent Facebook post by Guinness World Records, the tallest dog ever was ‘Zeus’ (USA) a Great Dane, who was officially measured on this day in 2011 and found to be a staggering 1.118 m (44 in) tall. Zeus was owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, of Otsego, Michigan, USA. Despite his height, Zeus had a very laid back personality, he got along well with any human or animal and was very gentle. He was a certified therapy dog that visited people…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

Meet the Farmer Behind the Carolina Reaper, the Hottest Pepper in the World

PuckerButt Pepper Company founder Ed Currie is on a mission to create the world’s hottest peppers. Ed is the evil genius who brought the world the Carolina Reaper, one of the hottest hot peppers in existence; but he’s not stopping there. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/meet-the-farmer-behind-the-carolina-reaper/

Read More
Odds and Ends 

BMW Unveils One of a Kind X6 in Vantablack

To hype up the world premiere of the third-generation BMW X6, the world’s first and only vehicle in Vantablack will be unveiled at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The name Vantablack has already become synonymous with an entire range of extremely black coatings and paints such as VBx2. It contains an acronym of the technology enabling this superior black in its first two syllables, which stand for Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array, a matrix made out of carbon. Each of these carbon nanotubes has a length of 14 to 50…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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/

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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.…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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/

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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…

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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/

Read More
Odds and Ends 

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…

Read More