Everyone knows Mt. Everest is the tallest Mountain in the world!  It is named after Colonel Sir George Everest, a surveyor who surveyed Mt. Everest in the mid 1800s.  Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach its summit in 1953.

Here are some of the world’s most fascinating Number ones!  Some of them are familiar, others not.  All  23 are number one in one way or another. 

■ The Oldest, Deepest and Clearest Lake in the World

Lake Baikal

Not only is Lake Baikal the most ancient lake around, but it is also the most transparent and deepest in the world.  It is called the ‘Pearl of Siberia’.  It can be found at an elevation of 456m, has an area of 31,494 square kilometers and is 1634 – 1643m deep.

■ The Waterfall  Carrying the Largest Flow of Water in the World

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu River forms the boundary for Brazil and Argentina.  The Falls lie on that border and carry the largest flow of water in the world.  6500 tons of water flow over the falls per second.  The Iguazu Falls include the famous Devils Throat, where more than half the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow chasm.

■ The Biggest Rock in the World

Mount Augustus

The Biggest Rock Ledge in the world can be found in Mount Augustus National Park North of Perth in Australia. With an area of 4795ha, it is 2.5 times bigger than Ayers Rock.  It stands at an elevation of 1105m.  Billions of years ago when the continent lay at the bottom of the sea, Mount Augustus started taking its shape from the gradual build up of sediment.

■ The Biggest Underground Cavern

Sarawak Chamber

The Sarawak Chamber is the biggest cave in the world. It can be found on the Island of Borneo in the Sarawak province of Malaysia in Gunung Mulu National Park.  It is 700m long, 400m wide, and 80m high.  It is so big that you can’t see the far wall of the cave with your lamp.  You could fit 40 jumbo jets inside.

■ The Longest Architectural Structure/Historical Relic in the World

The Great Wall Of China

The longest wall ever constructed by man.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also one of the seven wonders of the world.  It stretches across 8851.8km of the Republic of China.  It is so long that it is said to be able to be seen with the bare eye from space.

■ The Longest Geographical Name in the World

Longest Place Name

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, now try saying that!   It is the Maori name for a hill in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.  It roughly translates to mean “The hill where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land swallow-er, travelled about and played his nose flute to his love.”

■ The Longest Station Name in the World

Longest Name of a Train Station

The longest Station Name is from a town on the island of Anglesey of Wales. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch- it means:  St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St.Tysilio with a red cave.

■ The Biggest Planetarium in the World

The World’s Largest Planetarium

This is in Aichi prefecture in Nagoya city at the Science Museum in Shirakawa Park.  This planetarium was built as part of the cities’ celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Museum.  It is certified by Guinness World Records as the biggest planetarium in the world.

■ The Most Popular Theme Park in the World

Walt Disney World’s Resort

The place with the largest number of visitors per year is Florida’s Disney World.  It is not surprising with its 4 Disney Theme Parks, and its 2 Disney Water Parks.  People flock here all year around.

■ The Biggest Ferris Wheel in the World

The Singapore Flyer

The biggest ferris wheel in the world goes to the Singapore Flyer.  It weighs in at 1800 tons and cost 240 million S$.  It takes thirty minutes to go around once.  It is advisable to reserve tickets from their website if you want a ride.

■ The Painting With the Highest Insurance in the World

The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa has the highest insurance valuation for a painting in the world.  The Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa can currently be viewed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Guinness has confirmed that it is the highest insured piece of art in the world.

■ The Highest-Grossing Movie in the World

Grossing the Most Revenue

In 2009 Avatar launched the 3D era of movie viewing.  It took over 4 years to make and brought in a history making record  2 billion 640 million dollars in revenue.

■ The Most Cost-Effective Movie World

Made the Most Profits With the Lowest Production Costs

In 1999 The American Movie The Blair Witch Project was produced on a budget of 60 thousand dollars with a handful of people. This independantly produced film ended up making large profits grossing 240 million 50 thousand dollars world-wide.  It was part of The Sun Dance Film Festival and recognized at Cannes Film Festival.

■ The Longest-Running Comic Strip in the World

Kochikame

This comic strip has been running ever since the first 42 issues in 1979.  The boy’s comic magazine Jump, continues to publish Kochikame making it the longest running comic strip in the world. The number of issues published has reached the 152 million 270 thousand mark.

■ The Longest-Running Cartoon in the World

Sazae san

Sazae san is the worlds longest running TV anime, started airing in 1969. More than 2000 shows later it still enjoys top ratings of about 20%.

■ The Longest-Running TV Program in the World

David Gregory's Meet the Press

David Gregory’s Meet the Press

According to Guinness, the longest running TV program in the world is American NBC’s Meet the Press.  Since 1947 it has  aired the news of the week on Sunday mornings.

■ The Longest Running Daytime Talk Show With the Same Host (in the World)

Testsuko’s Room.

The longest running day time talk show with the same hostess as when it started.  The talk show Tetsuko’s Room has been hosted by Tetsuko Koyanagi since 1976.

■ The Largest Information Website in the World

Wikipedia

The Biggest General Information website in the world.  This encyclopedia at your finger tips has over 10 million entries in 250 languages.

■ The Most Popular Blog in the World

Kamiji Yusuke’s Blog

The world’s most popular personal blog that got the most hits in one day.  Guinness reports Actor, singer and song writer Yusuke Kamiji’s Blog got 230,755 hits during a twenty-four hour period in April 2008.  Over a five-year period he has gotten 10,207,946 blog comments.

■ The Best Selling Video Game in the World

The Most Widely Sold Game in the World

 Nintendo’s Family Computer game software Super Mario Bros. sold the most games in the world. According to Guinness they’ve sold 40 million 24 thousand games world-wide. 

■ The Biggest Bomb in the World

Tsar Bomba

The biggest nitrogen bomb in the world. Russia built this bomb in 1961.  It was tested on October 30th of that year in Russia and the shock waves reverberated three times around the world.

■ The Longest-Lasting Battery in the World

Longest lasting batteries in the world

Guinness certified these batteries as the longest lasting in the world.  They are produced by Panasonic and last ten years.

Source: matome naver.jp