Archive for the ‘Oddities’ Category

Two Mouthed Trout Caught in Nebraska

December 22, 2005

A one pound, two-mouthed trout was pulled from the waters of Nebraska last week. Said fisheman Clarence Olberding:

“I reached down and grabbed it to take the hook out, and that’s when I noticed that the hook was in the upper mouth and there was another jaw protruding out below”

Something tells me that you shouldn’t be eating the catch from these waters…

Source: [CBS News]

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Deepest Free Dive

November 18, 2005

236 According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Audrey Mestre Ferrera of the Canary Islands holds the record for the deepest free dive on a single breath. The depth? An amazing 411 feet (125 m). The dive lasted just over 2 minutes. In related breath-holding news, here’s a video from AllDumb.com that shows a guy who swam 166m on a single breath in a swimming pool. Good gills on these two.

It’s a Record: Most Body Piercings

November 15, 2005

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, American Benjamin Drucker holds the record for the most body piercings with surgical needles.  In just over two hours, Drucker had 745 18-gauge needles inserted into his body at Ix Body Piercing (New Mexico).   For the curious, here are photos.

It’s a Record: Highest Egg Drop

November 9, 2005

egg.jpg David Donoghue of Blackpool, England holds the record of the highest egg drop in which the egg remained intact. The height? An amazing 700 feet (213 m).

David threw the eggs onto a golf course in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. Getting the physics right is a vital part of the record. “You have to get the forward velocity equal to the downward velocity, then get the egg to land nearly perpendicular on a steep slope,” says David.

Source: [Guinness Book of World Records]

It’s a Record: Longest Ear Hair

November 1, 2005

ear.jpg The longest ear hair ever recorded was on Radhakant Bajpai of India according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  The longest strand of Bajpai’s ear hair measured 13.2 cm (5.1 inches) in length.  Wow, you’d have to take a comb to those things.

Guinness World Records > Highest Fall Survived Without Parachute

October 28, 2005

sky.jpg According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest fall ever recorded without a parachute was 33,330 feet. It occurred in January 1972 when a DC-9 exploded over the Czech Republic. Flight attendant Vesna Vulovic recalls nothing of the event as the plane plunged from the sky. She was found by a rescue team in the wreckage and emerged from a coma three days after the event. Her first words upon regaining consciousness:

“Can I have a cigarette?”

Wow, That’s a Huge Dog!

October 27, 2005

greatdane.jpgGibson, a 7-foot 2-inch Great Dane from Grass Valley, CA has been named the world’s tallest dog by the Guiness Book of World Records this week. What does it take to feed a dog that large?

Gibson alone eats eight to 10 cups of dry dog food and two pounds of wet food a day. That could be chicken hindquarters, hamburger, table scraps. Every other Friday, it’s pizza night. His favorite is actually linguini with clam sauce. His dessert of choice is vanilla cookies.

Source: [Sacramento Bee]

Afraid of Rats?

October 24, 2005

Rats are hearty little creatures. Believe me, if they can live in the New York city subways, they’ve got immune systems made of steel. A recent report in the prominent scientific journal, Nature, demonstrates that they may be a bit more advanced than we’ve been led to believe. Be afraid, be very afraid…

Scientists in New Zealand released a rat on a desert island, hoping to study why rats are so hard to get rid of. Ten weeks later, the rat was captured on another island. It had evaded traps, baits and sniffer dogs before swimming 400 meters across open sea to the neighboring island, according to news reports. “Our findings confirm that eliminating a single invading rat is disproportionately difficult,” James Russell and his colleagues said in a report in the science journal Nature.

Source: [Blogma]