World Record Facts 6

  • Rainbow Bridge, Nature’s abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone, is the world’s largest natural-rock span, 278 feet wide and 309 feet high. Technically, it is located in Utah just north of the Arizona state line, but “Arizona Highway’s Travel Arizona” book cites it as a local attraction.
  • The greatest snowfall ever in a single storm was 189 inches at the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl in February, 1959.
  • In 1935, Jesse Owens set six track and field world records in less than one hour.
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world’s largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
  • Karen Roman grew the world’s largest cauliflower. It weighed 22 pounds.
  • Diane Sheer holds the record for licking the most stamps in a five minute period. She slobbered on 225 of the little things.
  • The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811 in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.
  • Strangeray Springs cattle station in South Australia is the largest ranch in the world. It’s area, 30,029 square kilometers, and is only slightly smaller than the European country of Belgium.
  • At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is 3 times the size of Texas. By comparison Iceland is only 39,800 square miles.
  • Most insects used in a film: 22 million bees in The Swarm.
  • Hawaii’s Mount Waialeale is the wettest place in the world – it rains about ninety per cent of the time, about 480 inches per annum.
  • When stuntman and parachutist Dar Robinson leaped from the ledge of the 1,170 foot high CN Tower in Toronto, he was paid $150,000, the most ever for a single stunt.
  • Tom Wolfe was paid $5 million for the film rights to his novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, the most ever earned by an author.
  • The CN Tower, in Toronto, is the tallest free standing structure in the world.
  • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world.
  • The Sahara desert has the highest sand dunes.