Apr 23, 2011

The Largest Pair of Jeans Ever

 Guinness World Record for sewing the largest pair of blue jeans celebrated on Friday, one day after cranes buckled while trying to lift the giant 7.5-tonne pants.

Workers laid the pair on the ground and put big balloons inside the legs to show off the size of the jeans, which are 141 feet (43 m) tall and 98 feet (30 m) wide.
They have pockets, red buttons and a brown belt.
On Thursday, disillusioned crane operators gave up trying to lift the pants with three machines and went looking for a fourth. They wanted to lift the pants to display them. On Friday, workers had to scrap the idea of hoisting the jeans altogether.
The Colombian city of Medellin currently holds the record for the world’s largest pair of jeans, which is measured by size, according to the clothing company that organized the event in San Juan de Lurigancho, a district full of textile plants east of the Peru’s capital, Lima.
The previous Guinness record hold is Colombian pair and it were 114 feet (35 m) tall by 82 feet (25 m) wide.
The company’s chief executive said material from the pants will be cut to make backpacks for area school children.

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The Longest Underwater Tunnel in the World

This strange-looking beast in tokyo is an artificial island and tourist attraction by the name of umihotaru (translation: marine firefly) which forms part of the tokyo bay aqualine, a bridge-tunnel that connects kawasaki and kisarazu.

 Cars can either drive over the 4.4km bridge to the island and park in order to admire the view or drive straight through to the tunnel entrance where they will be taken under the water for 9.5km until they reach kawasaki.

The tunnel is apparently the longest underwater tunnel in the world.


Where Did The Word ‘Robot’ Come From?

Firstly the word robot comes from the Czech word ‘robotnik‘ which means forced labour or even slave. Watching movies like IRobot, Wall-E and reading various sci-fi novels of the past you’ll quickly figure that robots have mostly always been portrayed as helpers and servents of humanity.

It’s only in recent years that the image of robots has been upgraded to sentient beings with minds of their own e.g. transformers and even IRobot.

Anyway the word was first introduced by Karel Capek in his play ‘RUR – Rossum’s Universal Robots‘ and it’s from there that the word and idea became popular. The first robot to be developed was by Joseph Engelberger and George Devol back in 1961. The first robot was basically a clawed arm that dropped hot steel car parts into water for cooling. If you’re imagining a robot is metallic being with 2 arms, 2 legs and a head, it’s wrong. It’s just only one kind of robots called humanoid robots (example: Asimo).

90% of robots today are used in factories, working on production lines and often handling dangerous materials that humans would find difficult or even impossible to handle. Other uses include exploration such as deep sea exploration and mining.

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