Feb 28, 2010

The Best Footballers of the 20th Century - Top 10 List

logo In 1998, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics created a world team consisting of the best football players of the 20th century. The voting was undertaken by a panel of 250 international football journalists from all areas of the world. Similar teams for players from the nations of CONCACAF, the Confederation of African Football, and the Asian and Oceania Football Confederations were selected. Here is a list detailing the careers of the best footballers of the 20th century. It is organized by country.

10. Franz Beckenbauer – Germany

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Franz Beckenbauer was born in the post-war ruins of Munich. He was the
second son of postal-worker Franz Beckenbauer, Sr. and his wife Antonie.
Beckenbauer started playing football at the age of eight with the youth team
of SC Munich '06 in 1954. He made his professional debut with Bayern in the
Regionalliga Süd (Regional League South). In his first year with the club they
won promotion to the recently formed Bundesliga, the national league. Bayern
soon became a force in the new German league, winning the German Cup in
1966–67 and achieving European success in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967.
During Beckenbauer's tenure at Bayern Munich, the club won three league
championships in a row from 1972 to 1974 and also an astonishing hat-trick of
European Cup wins.

In 1977, Beckenbauer accepted a lucrative contract to play in the North
American Soccer League with the New York Cosmos. He played with the
Cosmos for four seasons up to 1980, and the team won the Soccer Bowl on
three occasions. In his domestic career, Beckenbauer made 587
appearances and scored 81 goals. He won 103 caps and scored 14 goals for
West Germany. He was a member of the World Cup teams that finished
runners-up in 1966, third place in 1970, and World Cup Champions in 1974.
Franz Beckenbauer is strongly regarded as the greatest German footballer of
all time and one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.

He revolutionized the position of sweeper and was selected as the European
Footballer of the Year on two separate occasions. Beckenbauer also coached
the West German national team to a World Cup Championship in 1990.
Today he remains an influential figure in both German and international
football. He led Germany's successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup
and chaired the organizing committee.


9. Paolo Maldini - The Italian Defence

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Paolo Maldini was born on June 26, 1968, in Milan, Italy. Maldini made his
league debut in the 1984-85 season, at the age of 16, against Udinese. He
spent 25 years of his career playing for A.C. Milan. During that period, he won
seven Italian Serie A championships, five UEFA Champions League Cups,
one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five UEFA Super Cups, two
Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup. Maldini has participated
in eight UEFA Champions League finals.

He was part of Milan's undefeated "Dream Team" from the late 1980s to the
early 1990s. The Dream Team was a name given to Italy’s back four,
consisting of Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro
Tassotti. Maldini became the first defender ever to win World Soccer
magazine's annual World Player of the Year Award. He spent 14 years with
the Italian national team, making his debut in 1988 and retiring in 2002. He
gained 126 caps and 7 goals. Maldini retired trophyless from international
competition. His key strengths as a player were his electric pace, the ability
to execute precision tackles, his strong leadership, and his influence on and
off the field. Prior to his retirement, Maldini expressed that he would not be
moving into a coaching career.


8. Bobby Charlton – England

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Bobby Charlton was born on October 11, 1937, in Ashington, England. After
the end of the Second World War, Matt Busby set out a plan to rebuild the
Manchester United football program.  Bobby Charlton became a member of a
group known as the Manchester United Busby Babies, who was a group of
players recruited and trained by the club's chief scout Joe Armstrong and
managed by Matt Busby. If I was going to make a list of the greatest football
coaches in English history, Busby would climb to the top. Charlton quickly
became renowned for his attacking instincts and his ferocious long-range
shot. He began to play for Manchester United's first team in 1956, and over
the next two seasons gained a starting position. He also survived the Munich
air disaster of 1958. In 1963, Manchester United beat Leicester City 3–1 in
the FA Cup final. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won
the European Cup. In that match Charlton scored two goals in the final to help
his team be the first English side to win the competition.

In his career Bobby Charlton made more appearances for Manchester United
than any other player (758). His record was surpassed by Ryan Giggs at the
Champions League Final in Moscow on May 21, 2008. In 1966, Charlton
helped lead England to its only World Cup title. It was one of the greatest
achievements in English football history. The squad defeated West Germany
4-2 in the final. Bobby Charlton has scored more goals for England and
Manchester United than any other player in history. At the time of his
retirement from the English national team in 1970, he was the nation's most
capped player, having turned out 106 times. This record has since been
eclipsed by Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton and then David Beckham. He is a
member of Manchester United's board of directors and was knighted in 1994.
Bobby Charlton is widely considered one of the greatest football players in
English history.


7. Hugo Sánchez – Mexico

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Hugo Sánchez was born on July 11, 1958, in Mexico City. As a teenager,
Sánchez played for the Mexican national football team in the 1976 Summer
Olympics. He signed with UNAM Pumas when he was 18-years-old. Two
years later, he became top-scorer in the league. After five successful
seasons in Mexico, with 99 goals, Sánchez drew the attention of several
Spanish sides, and signed with Atlético Madrid in 1981. He went on to play for
four European clubs. At the height of his career he signed with Real Madrid
and played with players such as Camacho, Butragueño, Gordillo, Schuster,
Valdano and Míchel. This team won five consecutive league titles (from
1985-86 to 1989-90). They won the Copa del Rey in 1989 and the UEFA Cup
in 1986. During those five years, Sánchez garnered four consecutive Pichichi
trophies (given to the most prolific scorer).

He played twelve seasons in the Spanish Primera División and is the second
highest goalscorer in the history of that league. He scored 207 goals in 283
games and 47 goals in 45 European Cup matches. In 1992, Sánchez returned
to his native Mexico for a season, before playing for a variety of clubs in
Spain, Austria and the U.S. He played 60 matches and scored 29 goals for
the Mexican national team, but his prime years coincided with a difficult period
for the nation's football. Mexico did not participate in the World Cup of 1982
and 1990. In 1999, the IFFHS voted him the 26th best footballer of the 20th
Century, and the best from the CONCACAF region. Hugo Sánchez is a sports
legend in Mexico.


6. Ferenc Puskás – Hungary

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Ferenc Puskás was born on April 2, 1927 in Budapest, Hungary. He made his
professional debut for Kispest in November 1943. Kispest was taken over by
the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in 1949, becoming the Hungarian Army
team and changing its name to Budapest Honvéd. As a result, football players
were given military ranks. Puskás eventually became a major, which led to
the nickname "The Galloping Major". During his career at Budapest Honvéd,
Puskás helped the club win five Hungarian League titles. He also finished as
the top goal scorer in the league four times. In 1958, two years after the
Hungarian Revolution, Puskás emigrated to Spain where he played for Real
Madrid. While playing with Real Madrid, Puskás won four Pichichis and
scored seven goals in two European Champions Cup finals. In 1995, he was
recognized as the top scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.

During the 1950s, Puskás was the captain of the legendary Hungarian national
team, known as the Mighty Magyars. He made his debut for the team on
August 20, 1945 and scored in a 5–2 win over Austria. He went onto play 85
games and scored 84 times for Hungary. Together with Zoltán Czibor, Sándor
Kocsis, József Bozsik, and Nándor Hidegkuti, he formed the nucleus of the
legendary team that went unbeaten for a then world record 32 consecutive
games. During this run, they became Olympic Champions in 1952. In 1953,
the team stunned England with a 6-3 win and became the first non-UK team to
defeat the English national team at Wembley Stadium. In 1953, they also
became Central European Champions.

Puskás scored three goals in the first two matches Hungary played at the 1954
FIFA World Cup. They defeated South Korea 9–0 and then West Germany
8–3. In the latter game, he suffered an ankle injury after a tackle by Werner
Liebrich and did not return until the final, which Hungary lost to West Germany.
Ferenc Puskás scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and
Spanish leagues.  He is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of
all time.


5. Eusébio – Portugal

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Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was born on January 25, 1942, in Lourenço
Marques, Portuguese East Africa (now Maputo). He moved to Lisbon in his
late teens and in 1961 joined Sport Lisboa e Benfica. In 1962, Eusébio won
the European Cup with Benfica, scoring two goals in the final against Real
Madrid. He was the 1965 European Footballer of the Year and in 1968 was
the first winner of the Golden Boot Award, as Europe's leading scorer. He
was the Portuguese First Division's top scorer seven times from 1964 to 1973
and helped Benfica win 11 league championships. He also had five cup wins.
Eusébio scored 727 goals in 715 matches for Benfica, including 317 goals in
301 Portuguese league matches.

He made his debut for the Portuguese national team against Luxembourg in
1961. Eusébio was the all-time leading scorer for the Portuguese, with 41
goals (in 64 matches), until forward Pauleta surpassed his record against
Latvia on October 12, 2005. Eusébio helped the Portuguese national team
reach third place at the 1966 World Cup. He was the top goalscorer of the
tournament with nine goals. Eusébio was internationally known for his speed
and his powerful, accurate right-footed strike. He is considered Benfica's and
Portugal's most renowned player and the first world-class African striker.
Eusébio was elected the 9th best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the
IFFHS. He is a true Portuguese sports legend.


4. Michel Platini – France

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Michel Platini was born on June 21, 1955, in Jœuf, France. Platini made his
league debut with Nancy on May 3, 1973.  In 1978, he led Nancy to victory in
the French Cup, defeating Nice and scoring the only goal of the game. Platini
won the French league title in 1981 with 'Les Verts', but was on the losing side
of two French Cup finals, against Bastia in 1981 and against Paris Saint-
Germain in 1982. The following season he joined Juventus.  He won the
Italian championship with Juventus in 1984 and 1986, the European Cup
Winners' Cup in 1984, the 1984 European Super Cup, the European Cup in
1985, and the 1985 Intercontinental Cup. Platini finished as the top scorer in
Serie A for three consecutive seasons and won a hat-trick of European
Footballer of the Year awards (1983-1985).

The 1985 European Cup final against Liverpool at Heysel Stadium in Brussels
should have been the crowning moment of Platini's Juventus career, but was
instead overshadowed by the Heysel Stadium disaster in which 39 people
died, and 600 more were injured. Platini participated in the 1978, 1982 and
1986 World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in ’82 and ’86. He is widely
regarded as one of the best passers in football history, as well as one of the
greatest free kick specialists and finishers. Platini holds the record for most
goals (9) scored in European Championship finals tournaments. He was
named Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour in 1985 and became
Officier in 1988. Platini was the French national team coach for four years,
and was the co-organizer of the 1998 World Cup in France. He is the current
president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).


3. Johan Cruyff – Netherlands

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Johan Cruyff was born on April 25, 1947, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He
joined Ajax youth system on his 10th birthday and made his team debut on
November 15, 1964. In the 1966 season, Ajax won the league championship
and also won the KNVB Cup. Cruyff ended the season as the leading
goalscorer in the Eredivisie with 33. Ajax won the league for the third
consecutive year in 1968 and Cruyff was also named Dutch footballer of the
year for the second successive time, a feat he would repeat in 1969.

The 1972 season was a particular successful year for Ajax and Cruyff. Ajax
won a second European Cup, beating Internazionale 2–0 in the final, with
Cruyff scoring both goals. After moving to Barcelona Cruyff quickly won over
the fans. He scored one of the most famous goals of his career during this
era, named the The 'Phantom' Goal. In a game against Atlético de Madrid,
Cruyff leapt into the air, twisted his body so that he was facing away from the
goal, and kicked the ball past Miguel Reina in the Atlético Madrid goal with his
right heel.

At the age of 32, Cruyff signed a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Aztecs of
the North American Soccer League (NASL). He has become synonymous
with the playing style of "Total Football”, which is a system where a player who
moves out of his position is replaced by another from his team, thus allowing
the team to retain their intended organizational structure. Cruyff played centre
forward in this system. He was named European Footballer of the Year three
times (1971, 1973, 1974) which is a record jointly held with Michel Platini and
Marco van Basten. After his retirement from playing in 1984, he became
highly successful as manager of Ajax and later Barcelona. He remains an
influential advisor to both clubs. In 1999 he was named the European Player
of the Century by the IFFHS. On November 2, 2009, Cruyff was named as the
head coach of the Catalonia national football team in place of Pere Gratacòs.
This is his first coaching job in thirteen years.


2. Diego Armando Maradona – Argentina

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Diego Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanús, Argentina. At age
10, Maradona was spotted by a talent scout while he was playing in his
neighborhood club Estrella Roja. He became a staple of Los Cebollitas (The
Little Onions), the junior team of Buenos Aires's Argentinos Juniors. On
October 20, 1976, Maradona made his professional debut with Argentinos
Juniors. He played there between 1976 and 1981, before his £1m transfer to
Boca Juniors. In 1982, Maradona was transferred to Barcelona in Spain for a
then world record £5m. Barcelona and Maradona won the Copa del Rey
(Spain's annual national cup), beating Real Madrid. They also won the
Spanish Super Cup, beating Athletic de Bilbao in 1983. In 1984, Maradona
was transferred to Napoli in Italy's Serie A for another record fee, £6.9m.

At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career and quickly
became an adored star among the club's fans. He elevated the team to the
most successful era in its history. Napoli won their only Serie A Italian
Championships in 1986/87 and 1989/1990, placing second in the league
twice, in 1987/88 and 1988/89. They also won the Coppa Italia in 1987, the
UEFA Cup in 1989, and the Italian Supercup in 1990. Maradona was the top
scorer in Serie A in 1987/88. He made his international debut at age 16,
against Hungary on February 27, 1977. At age 18, he played at the World
Youth Championship for Argentina, and was the star of the tournament, shining
in their 3–1 final win over the Soviet Union. In his international career, playing
for Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. He played in four FIFA
World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he captained
Argentina and led them to their victory over West Germany, winning the
Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player.

In that same tournament's quarter-final round he scored two of the most
famous goals in football history during a 2-1 victory over England. The first
goal was an unpenalized handball known as the "Hand of God", while the
second goal was a spectacular 60-metre weave through six England players,
commonly referred to as "The Goal of the Century". He led Argentina to a
second place finish in the 1990 World Cup. His performance in World Cup
play was amazing and helped propel him to international celebrity. He is
considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. Maradona is the
current manager of the Argentine national team. Some other incredible
Argentinean football players during the 20th century include Daniel Passarella
and Alfred Di Stefano.


1. Pelé – Brazil

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Pelé was born in Três Corações, Brazil. His father was a Fluminense
footballer named Dondinho. Growing up in poverty stricken Bauru, São Paulo,
Pelé could not afford a proper football and usually played with a sock stuffed
with newspaper or a grapefruit. In 1956, Pelé was taken to Santos, an
industrial and port city in the state of São Paulo, to try out for professional
club Santos Futebol Clube. He made his debut for Santos on September 7,
1956. When the 1957 season started, Pelé was made a starter, at the age
of 16 he became the top scorer in the league. Just ten months after signing
professionally, he was called up to the Brazil national team. After the World
Cup in 1962, wealthy European clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus, and
Manchester United tried to sign the young player, but the government of Brazil
declared Pelé an "official national treasure" to prevent him from being
transferred out of the country.

In 1957, Pelé scored his first goal for Brazil at 16 years of age. He became
the youngest player to score in International football. In the 1958 World Cup
he scored two goals in the final, as Brazil beat Sweden 5–2. He finished the
tournament with six goals in four matches played. Brazil would go on to win
the World Cup in 1962 and 1970. He was renowned for his excellent dribbling
and passing, his pace, powerful shot, exceptional heading ability, and prolific
goal scoring.

Pelé is the all-time leading scorer of the Brazil national football team and is the
only footballer to be a part of three World Cup-winning franchises. In 1967,
the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour
ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos. He was
given the title of “athlete of the century” by the International Olympic
Committee. In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero. He has
been acknowledged for his vocal support of policies to improve the social
conditions of the poor. Some other incredible Brazilian football players during
the 20th century include Nilton Santos, Carlos Alberto Torres, Rivelino, Didi,
and Garrincha.


Feb 27, 2010

World’s Oldest Living Trees

Methusalah Tree 00 These are the world’s oldest known individual (non-clonal) living trees today.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen, enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”

The US National Wildlife Federation said, “There are about 60 to 20 million spaces along American cities where trees could be planted which translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs.”

“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 to 50 percent in energy used for heating,” this according to the USDA Forest Service.

Trees are also great noise absorbers and facilitate better management of flood water, among other environmental benefits.

For millennia, the following trees seem to not get tired of serving their purpose for mankind and mother earth. If they can talk and don’t suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, they sure have so many long interesting stories to tell.


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Methuselah is a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) tree found in the Inyo National Forest of California, USA. The tree was estimated to have germinated in 2832 BC and was 4,789 years old when sampled in 1957. Today, it is known as the oldest living individual (non-clonal) organism on earth at 4,841 years old.

Methuselah is growing somewhere in a place called “Forest of Ancients” in Methuselah Grove, but its exact identity and location is kept a secret to keep people from getting near the tree to have their pictures taken or to protect it from any form of vandalism.

The tree was named after Methuselah, who according to the Bible, lived to be 969 years old although the tree has lived five times longer to date.

Sarv-e Abarqu

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Zoroatrina Sarv, more commonly known as Sarv-e Abarqu, a name which means “cypress of Abarqu” is an Iranian national monument and a major tourist attraction. It is a cypress tree believed to be more than 4,000 years old found in Abarghood in the province of Yazd. Sarv-e Abarqu was named after the city near Yazd. It is known as the oldest cypress tree and probably the oldest living thing in Asia.

Llangernyw Yew

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The churchyard of St. Digains’ parish church in a village called Llangernyw in Wales is home to a mighty yew tree. The ancient tree is said to be 4,000 years old making it one of the oldest living things in the country. In June 2002 during the golden jubilee celebration of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, the tree was recognized as a national heritage together with 49 other trees.


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Chile is home to more than 50% of the southern hemisphere’s temperate rain forests, covering almost 85 million acres—second in size only to the forests of the Pacific Northwest. It is South America’s only temperate rain forest and contains some of the world’s largest and oldest trees including the gigantic Alerce trees. In the Valdivian Coastal Reserve in southern Chile is where a 3,639 year old Alerce tree can be found together with other ancient Fitzroya cupressoides, a giant sequoia look-alike species that exist only in the temperate forests of Chile. Also called Andean Birch trees, Alerces have a life span of up to 4,000 years.

The ancient Alerce tree, which was dated 3622 in 1993 is the second-greatest fully verified (by counting growth rings) age for any living tree, after Methuselah. The annual ring count is measured through a small core taken with an increment borer.


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The Senator (Taxodium distichum) is the largest and oldest Bald Cypress tree in the United States, found in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. Named in honor of former Florida State Senator M.O Overstreet who donated the tree and the surrounding land for a park to Seminole County, The Senator is estimated to be 3,400-3,500 years old today. At this age, it means that the tree has been standing when the Egyptians were raising their first pyramids along the Nile; and when Christ was born, The Senator was already a forest giant.


Feb 25, 2010

World’s Fastest Aircrafts

North American X-15_resize Based on air speed records is classified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), states that non-experimental aircraft that holds the record for the fastest in the world until the publication of this writing, still held by the SR-71 Blackbird at the speed of 3530 km / h ( Mach 3.2).

However, there are actually experimental aircraft more quickly but without crew (Unmanned), the Boeing X-43 NASA that reach speeds of 12,144 km / h (Mach 9.8).

Here are the planes or flying objects in the world’s fastest in accordance with the class:

1. NASA Boeing X-43, the fastest Unmanned aircraft in the world

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X-43 is the fastest unmanned aircraft in the world and become the fastest flying objects on this earth. X-43 is a hypersonic experimental aircraft without crew (Unmanned experimental hypersonic aircraft) which is designed with lots of scale variations meant to test various aspects of supersonic flight. This is part of NASA Hyper-X.

NASA X-43 scored his record on 16 November 2004 to reach speeds of 12,144 km / h (Mach 9.8) at an altitude of 13,157 meters. The way the flight, the Pegasus rocket carrying X-43 launched from a Boeing B-52. After reaching the desired altitude, the rocket is removed, then the X-43 drove with his own machine that is Scramjet engine.

X-43 Specifications:

- Weight (weight) = 1300 kg
- Length = 3.7 meters
- Top speed = 12,144 km / h (Mach 9.8)
- Crew = 0

2. North American X-15, (Rocket-powered aircraft and the world’s fastest manned experimental aircraft)

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X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft (rocket-powered aircraft) the fastest in the world, as well as manned aircraft in the world’s fastest (the fastest Manned aircraft in the world). X-15 is the fastest plane on earth 2. As with the X-43, X-15 is also an experimental NASA aircraft.

X-15 Specifications:

- Top speed = 7274 km / h (Mach 6.7)
- Range (range) = 450 km
- Crew (crew) = 1
- Length = 15.45 m
- Weight = 6620 kg

3. Lockheed SR-71 BLACKBIRD, (The Fastest manned airplane in the world)


For manned jet type of non-experimental fastest in the world fell to SR-71 Blackbird. SR-71 ranked 3rd fastest plane on earth. SR-71 is an aircraft manufactured by Lockheed. This aircraft is a strategic reconnaissance aircraft  which is operated by the United States Air Force. The aircraft speed record on July 28, 1976 is manned by Capt. Eldon W. Joersz and Major George T. Morgan with a speed of 3530 km / h (Mach 3.2) at a height of 80,000 ft (24 km).
U.S. Air Force claims that the SR-71 is the only aircraft they can operate optimally at an altitude of 24,000 meters. 93% Blackbird structure made of titanium to keep the plane steady while driving at speeds above Mach 3. SR-71 is often used to perform the task of espionage (spying) to the enemy, so for this aircraft was designed to be flying high in order not to get caught radar and enemy’s anti-aircraft weapons.


- Top speed = 3530 km / h (Mach 3.2)
- Crew = 2
- Range (range) = 5400 kms
- Length = 32.74 m
- Weight = 30,600 kgs

4. Westland Lynx 800 G-LYNX, the fastest helicopter in the world)


British helicopter designed by AgustaWestland. Westland Lynx helicopter 800 is the fastest in the world and ranked 50s on the world’s fastest airplane. The helicopter was booked record on August 11, 1986 with a speed of 401 km / h (Mach 0.3). Westland Lynx used for SAR, strategic transport, air support, anti-submarine, etc.. Westland Lynx beat the speed of 800-Sikorsy X 2 (366 km / h) which is currently still in closed testing.

- Top speed = 401 km / h (Mach 0.3)
- Range (range) = 528 km


Feb 24, 2010

Top 10 Strongest Animals Compared to Body Weight

Meet the top ten in most extreme strength.

10. Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear They are strongest mountain animal, can lift 0,8 times their body weight. Their weight is 1500 pounds and can lift until 1200 pounds.

9. Mussel

zebra-mussel They can hold something two times their body weight. Their shell is very strong, compared to their small body size.

8. Anaconda

anaconda They can squeeze something same as their own body weight to death. Their weight can reach 550 pounds.

7. Ox

ox They can pull and carry something 1,5 times their body weight across rugged terrain. Their weight is 1300 pounds and can pull and carry until 2000 pounds.

6. Tiger

Tiger_panthera_tigris_tigris_Bengal They can carry something two times their own body weight up a ten foot fence. Their weight is 600 pounds and can carry until 1200 pounds.

5. Eagle

Bald_Eagle-Wingspan They are the strongest bird. They can lift something four times their own body weight during flight.

4. Gorilla

gorilla_resize They can lift something over 10 times their body weight. Their weight is 450 pounds and can lift up to 4600 pounds. Mean, they can lift as heavy as 30 adult humans.

3. Leafcutter Ant

3. Leafcutter Ant They can lift something 50 times their own body weight. Imagine a person who can lift a truck.

2. Elephant

021Elephant They are the strongest mammals. Their weight is 12000 pounds and they can carry 20.000 pounds. They can carry as heavy as 130 adult humans.

1. Rhinoceros Beetle

1. Rhinoceros Beetle They are not only the strongest insect but also the strongest animal compared to body weight. They can lift something 850 times their own weight.


Feb 22, 2010

World's Fastest Cars - Top 10 List 2009-2010

While most of us can only dream of owning the fastest car in the world, some will do whatever it takes to possess such speed and power.So, how fast are the fastest cars in the world? Here is the 10 fastest cars available on the market measures by top speed.

1. SSC Ultimate Aero

257 mph, 0-60 in 2.7 secs. Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp, base price is $654,400. Tested in March 2007 by Guinness world records, The SSC Ultimate Aero takes the lead as the fastest car in the world beating Bugatti Veyron.

2. Bugatti Veyron

253 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle W16 Engine with 1001 hp, base price is $1,700,000. With the highest price tag, no wonder this is rank #2.

3. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

248 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, base price is $555,000. Smooth and bad-ass, will make you want to show it off non-stop.

4. Koenigsegg CCX

245 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp, base price is $545,568. Made in Sweden, it is aiming hard to be the fastest car in the world, but it has a long way to go to surpass the Bugatti and the Ultimate Aero.

5. McLaren F1

240 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp, base price is $970,000. Check out the doors, they looks like bat wings, maybe Batman need to order one and paints it black

6. Ferrari Enzo

217 mph, 0-60 in 3.4 secs. F140 Aluminum V12 Engine with 660 hp, base price is $670,000. Only 399 ever produced, the price goes up every time someone crashes.

7. Jaguar XJ220

217 mph, 0-60 in 3.8 secs. Twin Turbo V6 Engine with 542 hp, base price was $650,000. Made in 1992, this car still got what it takes to make the list.

8. Pagani Zonda F

215 mph, 0-60 in 3.5 secs. Mercedes Benz M180 V12 Engine with 650 hp, base price is $667,321. With a V12 motor, this baby can do much better.

9. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

211 mph, 0-60 in 3.3 secs. V12 Engine with 640 hp, base price is $430,000. Nice piece of art, the design is very round and smooth.

10. Porsche Carrera GT

205 mph, 0-60 in 3.9 secs. Aluminum, 68 Degree, Water Cooled V10 Engine with 612 hp, base price is $440,000. The most powerful and most expensive Porsche nearly made the list as #10.