Amazing and True

Monday, July 14, 2008
* The largest bell in the world is the Tsar Kolokol in the Kremlin in Moscow. It's 20' 2" high and 21' 8" in diameter. Cast in 1735, it weighs 222.56 tons and has never been cracked before it was installed.
* The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil.
* The largest body of fresh water in the world is Lake Superior.
* The largest cell in the human body is the female ovum, or egg cell. It is about 1/180 inch in diameter. The smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm. It takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
* The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
* The largest coffee importer center in the U.S. is located in the city of New Orleans, LA.
* The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.
* The largest gold nugget ever found weighed 172 lbs., 13 oz.
* The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed 24,000 pounds. It was found in a herring weir in New Brunswick in 1930.
* The largest hailstone ever recorded was 17.5 inches in diameter bigger than a basketball.
* The largest human organ is the liver, which weighs about 55 ounces in a person weighing 150 pounds. By some definitions, the skin is an organ, in which case skin would be the largest organ at 384 ounces.


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