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World’s Weirdest Record Holders
TONGUE AND CHEEK
Brazilian Elaine Davidson, who holds the Guinness world record for being the woman with the greatest number of body piercings – 1903 altogether – pokes her finger through her tongue at the Tate Modern art gallery in London, November 11, 2003. The gallery held an event on Tuesday to mark the release of the 100th millionth copy of the Guiness World Records books.
Here is a list of the world’s most expensive engineering projects with estimated costs and short descriptions of each project (sources: iCivilEngineer, China Daily, Wikipedia). Some of the projects are already completed, some are under construction, so the cost estimates are not definitive.
5. Gerald R. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: 8.1 billion USD
Artist’s concept of CVN 21 one of a new class of aircraft carriers
The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers (CVN-78) will be the next generation supercarrier for the United States Navy. Construction began in the spring of 2007, and is planned to finish in 2015. With the addition of the most modern equipment and automation they will reduce the crew requirement and the total cost of future aircraft carriers.
Carriers of the Ford class will incorporate many new design features: new nuclear reactor design, stealthier features to reduce radar profile, electromagnetic catapults, advanced arresting gear, and reduced crewing requirements. It will be constructed at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Virginia, the only shipyard in the U.S. capable of building nuclear powered aircraft carriers. It is estimated to cost at least $8.1 billion excluding the $5 billion spent on research and development. A total of three carriers has been authorized for construction, but eleven carriers could be constructed over the life of the program. (more…)
Manuel Uribe: Lost almost 1000 pounds
One of the most heartwarming diet, health, and weight loss stories that has been ongoing since January 2006 is the effort being undertaken by former half-ton man Manuel Uribe, aka “The World’s Heaviest Man,” to lose almost 1,000 pounds and save his life. Manuel Uribe Garza (born June 11, 1965) is a man from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and was one of the heaviest people in medical history. After reaching a peak weight of around 597 kg (1,316 lb) and being unable to leave his bed since 2001, Uribe lost considerable weight with the help of doctors and nutritionists, and by following the Zone diet.
Uribe drew worldwide attention when he appeared on the Televisa television network in January 2006, but turned down offers for gastric surgery in Italy. In March 2007, Uribe set a goal to lower his weight to 120 kg (265 lb). He has also been featured on “World’s Heaviest Man”, a television documentary about his bedridden life and attempts to lose weight. By the end of 2008, Uribe had reduced his weight to 360 kg (800 lb). His weight loss efforts continue to this day.