Adam Rainer, born in 1899 in Graz, Austria-Hungary, is currently the only person in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant. At the age of 18 (1917), he was measured at 4 ft 0.25 in. Then, likely as a result of a pituitary tumor, he had a dramatic growth spurt in 1931, reaching 7 ft 2 in. As a result of his gigantism he became bedridden for the rest of his life. When he died in 1950 he had reached a height of 7 ft 8 in. He weighed 241-pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Author James Patterson is going all out to promote his latest title, by using an explosive marketing scheme that involves a self-destructing book. For the one fan who shells out $294,038 USD, they'll be invited to an unknown location and given 24-hours to read a 'self-destructing copy' of 'Hope to Die. According to Patterson, "a well-trained bomb squad", first-class airfare, a five-course dinner, a pair of golden binoculars and reading space, complete with chilled Champagne," is included in the package price. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to extinguish a car fire.
Researchers in Antarctica used heavy machinery to drill into 2,400-feet of solid ice, but at those depths, you wouldn't expect to find any living animals, like fish, right? That's exactly what they discovered. Scientific American says: "People in the cargo container stared at an image of the sea floor panned out on one of the video monitors, captured by the forward-looking camera. Then someone started to yell and point. All eyes swung to the screen with the down-looking camera. A graceful, undulating shadow glided across its view, tapered front to back like an exclamation point - the shadow cast by a bulb-eyed fish. Then people saw the creature casting that shadow: bluish-brownish-pinkish, as long as a butter knife, its internal organs showing through its translucent body." Continue reading to see the fish and a strange shrimp they found.
Roly Poly can either be considered the ultimate prank gadget, or one that's perfect for long distance relationships. If you choose the former, simply gift someone without telling them what it does, and then start making it move on its own at the most random of times. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or availability. Click here to view the first image in this week's internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never snoop on your child's mail.
What could be creepier than a normal viper? A viper with a tail that mimics a real spider. This species of viper endemic is fortunately only found in western Iran. The specific name, urarachnoides refers to this snake's spider-like tail tip, as does the common name, spider-tailed horned viper. It was known since the 1960s, but the one specimen's tail was dismissed as a tumor or deformity. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Nestled between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland, the Keret House is touted as the world's narrowest home, measuring just 36 inches across at its narrowest point and 48 inches at its widest. It was created by Israeli writer and film maker Etgar Keret, who managed to raise 70,000€ ($80,000+USD) for the project and began the construction in collaboration with the Polish Art Foundation. He says: "This was the biggest challenge of my life, because I've never done something as narrow." Once completed in October 2012, the Keret House stands today as a two-floor iron structure, with a total floor space of only 46 square meters. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.
After Lee Wachtstetter's, 86, husband died of cancer in 1997, she decided to honor his wishes and live on the sea...permanently. She sold her 5-bedroom Fort Lauderdale home and moved to a stateroom aboard the Crystal Serenity luxury cruise ship. Watchstetter often cruised with her husband during their 50-year-marriage, and actually lived on a Holland America Line ship until it discontinued its dance host program. For the past 7-years she's been living on the 1070-passenger Crystal Serenity. Watchstetter says: "The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me, 'Don't stop cruising.' So here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life. I enjoy dancing, and this was the best of the remaining ships that still use dance hosts. My husband didn't dance, just didn't like to, and encouraged me to dance with the hosts. I dance every night for a couple hours after dinner." Continue reading for a video tour of one of the staterooms aboard Crystal Serenity and more information.
Rob Sonsalves interest in art began at an early age, and eventually lead to his famous technique of blending perspective and architectural art into one image by the age of 12. His work is inspired by Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, both of whom he met in real-life. Nearly all of his work blurs the boundary between the multiple stories they tell, forcing you to see all the different layers. Like his work? You're in luck, he also has many new paintings that can be found in this. Continue reading to see more.
The rise of railroading during the last half of the 19th century led to the widespread use of pocket watches, and even a vending machine in Berlin, Germany during the 1960s designed specifically for these timepieces. Did you know that the first vending machine in the US was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company? It sold gum on New York City train platforms. The idea of adding games to these machines as a further incentive to buy came in 1897 when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures, which would move around whenever somebody bought some gum from their machines. The birth of slot machines and pinball is ultimately rooted in these early devices. Continue reading for more.
Wild lions are dangerous to say the least, but Frikkie Von Solms, a 69-year-old lion caretaker in Southern Africa, befriended Zion, a gentle, tender and loving African lion. This lion was born in captivity to a lioness named Simba, but had to be separated due to fears that his father would kill him. Now, he's as domesticated as can be, and this video proves it. Solms says: "It was a once in a lifetime experience to grow up with him and learn and live with him through all of the stages of being a lion. People talk about lions like they are just lions but they have personalities, they have humor and laugh. Zion is a gentle giant. He has never attacked humans and I trust him completely." Continue reading for more pictures.