Jan 27, 2013

Mega Machines: The Biggest ‘Monsters’ around the Planet

Machines have really changed our lives to great extent. Work that took days is now done in hours or may be minutes. See the world's biggest/largest machines ever built on land, water and air. These machines are the real monsters.

World’s Biggest Digging Machine – Bagger 288

This is the largest digging machine (or trencher or rotating shovel) in the world. It was built by Krupp and is shown here crossing a road in Germany on the way to its destination, an open air coal mine. Although at the mine the treads are unnecessary, it was cheaper to make the machine self-propelled than to try and move it with conventional hauling equipment. Some factoids:

  • The machine is 310 feet (95 m) high and 705 feet (215 m) long (almost 2.5 football fields in length)
  • Weight is 45,500 tons (that's equivalent to a bumper to bumper line of jeeps 80 miles long)
  • It took 5 years to design and manufacture at a cost of $100 million
  • Maximum digging speed is 10 meters per minute
  • Can move more than 76,000 cubic meters of coal, rock, and earth per day

World’s Largest Self-powered Tracked- NASA Crawler-Transporter

There are two crawler-transporters used by NASA, and today they carry space shuttles — boosters and all — along with each shuttle's Mobile Launcher Platform into position. While not as large as the Bagger 288 above, the crawlers are the largest self-powered vehicles in the world, and can manage two miles per hour (compared to the Bagger's 30-some feet a minute) when unloaded.

World’s Biggest Movable Machine - Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60

The name of that epic structure is Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60 in Lichterfeld. This technological steel giant is 502 metres long, 202 metres wide, 80 metres high and 11,000 ton heavy. It was build in East Germany in 1991 by VEB TAKRAF Lauchhammer (although the GDR was manufacturing slightly lesser types since 1958). After only 13 months of operation the F60 bridge was taken out of operation for energy-political reasons. The opencast mine Klettwitz-Nord where the conveyor bridge was operating is closed. The bridge is owned now by the community and presented as the "Lying Eiffel Tower." (Link | via oddee.com)

f60-01size comparison with the Eiffel Tower (image)

World’s Biggest Sheerleg - HLV Svanen by Ballast Nedam

A sheerleg is a floating crane, but compared to crane vessel it is not capable of rotating the crane separate from the ship.
With its 8700 tonnes lifting capacity, Svanen is the most powerful floating crane on the world.
Look at a list of top 7 biggest sheerlegs in the world.

World’s Largest Telescopic Crane - Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1

The Most Powerful Mobile Crane in the World… and actually a monster of a truck. Meet Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 – Built by the German company Liebherr Group, this colossal mobile crane has the longest telescopic boom in the world – 100 meters (328 ft)! The massive boom is in eight parts and is longer by 16 meters and stronger than the previous worlds greatest mobile crane the 1998 model LTM 1500-8.1 which had a boom of only 84 meters. (Link)

World’s Largest Truck – Terex “Titan”

When the Terex 33-19 "Titan" prototype was built in 1973, it became the largest, highest capacity haul truck in the world, a distinction it would hold for the next 25 years. The 33-19 "Titan" was an off-highway, ultra class, rigid frame, three-axle, diesel/AC electric powertrain haul truck designed by the Terex Division of General Motors and assembled at General Motors Diesel Division's London, Ontario, Canada assembly plant. Only one 33-19 "Titan" was ever produced. After 13 years in service, the 33-19 "Titan" was restored and is now preserved on static display as a tourist attraction in Sparwood, BC, Canada.

The Titan was powered by a 16-cylinder 3,300/3,000 horsepower (2,500/2,200 kW) locomotive engine with a displacement of 10,343 cubic inches (169.49 l) coupled to a EMD AR10-D14 generator. This Electro-Motive Division engine, as the 16-645E4 prime mover, was intercooled and turbocharged. The generator then powered 4 electric traction motors, one at each rear wheel. The Terex featured large 40.00x57 tires made of rubber. It is 66 feet (20 m) long and 22.6 feet (6.9 m) tall; or 56 feet (17.1 m) tall with the dump body raised.

World’s Largest Wheel Loader – LeTourneau L-2350

The L-2350 loader from LeTourneau Inc. holds the Guinness World Record for Biggest Earth Mover. Designed to center-load haul trucks with capacities of up to 400 tons, the L-2350 provides an operating payload of 160,000 pounds, a 24-foot lift height, and an 11.5-foot reach.

World's Biggest (production) Bulldozer - D575A-3SD

When it comes to bulldozing, bigger really is better. The bigger the dozer the more efficiently they work and the more aggregate they can shove. The World's biggest and most powerful (production) Bulldozer is the D575A-3SD built by Komatsu in Ishikawa, Japan. Standing 16 feet tall, 41 feet long and 24 feet wide the D575A-3SD is the king of power when it comes to shifting aggregate. When the need arises to clear away large amounts of rubble, rock or earth then the D575A-3SD is the machine of choice. (link)


World's Largest Farm Tractor – Big Bud

In 1977 the Big Bud 747 tractor was built in Havre, Montana. The tractor was built by Ron Harmon and the crew of the Northern Manufacturing Company. The tractor was built to produce 760 horsepower using a 16-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine. The tractor measures 27 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 14 feet tall. The tires were specially made by United Tire Company of Canada and are 8 feet in diameter. When the 1,000 gallon fuel tank is full the tractor tips the scales at over 100,000 pounds.


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World's Largest Aircraft - Antonov An-225 Mriya

Generally acknowledged as the largest airplane in the world, the Antonov An-225 Mriya (dream) is the world's heaviest aircraft ever (max. takeoff weight greater than 640 tons) and the largest aerodyne (in length and wingspan) ever entering operational service.


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World’s Largest Transport Ship - MV Blue Marlin

MV Blue Marlin and her sister ship MV Black Marlin comprise the Marlin class of semi-submersible heavy lift ship. They were owned by Offshore Heavy Transport of Oslo, Norway from their construction, in April 2000 and November 1999 respectively, until 6 July 2001, when they were purchased by Dockwise Shipping of the Netherlands. They were designed to transport very large semi-submersible drilling rigs, which can weigh 30,000 tons and have a center of gravity around 30 meters (100 ft) above the transport ship's deck. The Marlins are equipped with 38 cabins to accommodate 60 people, a workout room, sauna, and swimming facilities.

Jan 14, 2013

The World’s Biggest Bonfire Ever

The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_06To see the world’s biggest bonfire you’ll have to visit Alesund, Norway, where wood pallets are stacked over 40 meters (131 ft) high on an artificial island.

The reason for this colossal bonfire is ‘Midsummer’ (Sankthans), an annual festival in commemoration of John the Baptist’s birth.

About 30-40 people partake in the build, and to light the structure someone must climb to the top to ignite it. If the fire doesn’t burn from top to bottom things could end badly.


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_01Photo by Staale Watto/Sunnmørsposten


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_02Photo by Kenneth Enstad


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_03Photo by Ruben Molnes


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_04Photo by Torgeir Elveland


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_05Photo by Geir Halvorsen


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_06Photo via masterok.livejournal.com


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_07Photo by Geir Halvorsen


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_08Photo by Geir Halvorsen


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_09Photo by Geir Halvorsen


The_World’s_Biggest_Bonfire_Ever_10Photo by Marius Helland Bøstrand


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Jan 5, 2013

World’s Biggest Human Body Parts

The human body is the entire structure of a human organism, and consists of a head, neck, torso, two arms and two legs. By the time the human reaches adulthood, the body consists of close to 100 trillion cells, the basic unit of life. These cells are organised biologically to eventually form the whole body.
Below is a list of the world's biggest human body parts…

World’s Biggest Head

Sain Mumtaz has the most extraordinary big head – but what is causing its extreme growth and how Sain might be treated is a total mystery. This terribly disfigured man lives around 100km from the Pakistani city of Lahore on the road to the town of Narowal.

Sain was told as a child that he suffered from Proteus syndrome – the same condition as Joseph Merrick, the original Elephant Man. But Proteus is renowned for affecting only one side of the body, to the trained eye the symmetrical deformity of Sain’s face and skull suggests he is probably suffering from a different condition– but which of the many rare congenital dysmorphologies could it be? (read more)

World’s Biggest Nose


In July 6, 2007, the Guinness Book of Records recorded the nose of Mehmet Ozyurek as the biggest nose in the world. It measured 8.8 centimeters or 3.5 inches. He currently resides in the City of Artvin in Turkey. However, an individual named Faizan Agha recently broke this record. He hails from the City of Rawalpindi in Pakistan. His nose has a measurement of 12.19 centimeters or 4.8 inches.


World’s Longest Tongue


German schoolgirl Annika Irmler has licked up a place in the Guinness Book of Records with her whopping seven centimetre tongue. She commented: “My friends always said I had an incredibly long tongue – I could make lots of money with it one day.”

World’s Biggest Mouth

Francisco Domingo Joaquim from Angola has the widest mouth in the world.
The lips and cheeks of this 20 year old were measured, at full stretch, to be 17 cm (6.69 in).

World’s Largest Ears

Daryl "Bear" Belmares (born July 10, 1956) has the world's largest stretched earlobes at 5 1/2 inches. He is a pastor at His Place Austin and a piercer. He appears in the movie Modify.

World’s Biggest Eyes

Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns. (wikipedia)


World’s Longest Female Hair

The world’s longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping from China at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on May 8, 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13 and has no plans to book into Vidal Sassoon for this season’s pixie cut any time soon.

World's Longest Neck

The maximum known extension of a human neck is 40 cm (15.75 in) and was created by the successive fitting of copper coils, as practiced by the women of the Padaung or Kareni tribe of Myanmar (Burma) as a sign of beauty. Their necks eventually become so long and weak that they cannot support their heads without the coils. In some tribes the coils are removed to punish women who have committed adultery. (read more)

World's Largest Hand

Chinese man Lui Hua suffers from a rare condition known as macrodactyly. When he was hospitalized in Shanghai on July 2007, his left thumb measured 10.2 inches and his index finger measured close to 12. On July 20 surgeons undertook a seven-hour operation to reduce the size of Liu's fingers and thumb. Doctors removed 11 pounds of flesh and bone in the procedure. A second surgery is scheduled to take place. (Read more at http://www.oddee.com/)

World’s Biggest Biceps

Gregg Valentino is one of the most controversial yet popular bodybuilding icons. He started bodybuilding at the age of 13. After over 23 years of training naturally Gregg decided to experiment with steroids. During this time his arms grew from an impressive 100% natural 21" to an in-human 28". So how much can Greg bicep curl? A whopping 300 pounds!


World’s Longest Nails

Lee Redmond from the US, has not cut her nails since 1979,  growing and carefully manicuring them to reach a total length of 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in) as measured on the set of Lo Show Dei Record in Spain on 23 February 2008. And, most bizarrely of all? She’s a hairdresser!

World’s Longest Legs

“She’s got legs, she knows how to use them”, goes that old ZZ Top song.
You can say that twice for Svetlana Pankratova, the proud owner of the world’s longest female legs.
Although this former basketball player has an above average height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m), the amazing legs length of 4 feet 4 inches (132 cm) is still quite a feat, to say the least.

World’s Biggest Feet

The tallest man in recorded history, Robert Wadlow, reached a dizzying height of 8′ 11” (2.72 m), which made him about 3 feet (0.9 m) taller than his own father.
In order to keep such a giant firmly on the ground one must also have gigantic feet, which Robert Wadlow most certainly did with a size 36.5 foot (UK size 36, Europe size 71) making this American the owner of biggest feet in the world.