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January
15

The world’s biggest stuff

Pop quiz: Which skyscraper is taller than the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building put together? What animal has a tongue as heavy as an elephant? Which ship is nearly five times the gross tonnage of the Titanic?

The intriguing answers can be found in “The World’s Biggest Stuff.” This new slide show on Bing Travel suggests where to travel to find gargantuan manmade objects, such as skyscrapers, shopping malls and swimming pools, as well as naturally large animals, waterfalls and rain forests.

Guinness World Records are busted annually, and this year is no exception. As of January, there is a new entry for the world’s tallest skyscraper. The honor goes to the Burj Khalifa, a gleaming spire that stabs 2,717 feet into the Dubai sky. December saw the launch of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, a cruise ship too big to fit through the Panama Canal. The critter with the elephantine tongue? That would be the blue whale. Not new, but it sure deserves tongue-wagging rights.

Have you traveled to see some of the world’s biggest stuff? Share your tales with other travelers in the comments section.

Comments

  • can't believe a whale has a tongue the size of an elephant, just how much krill does it take to sustain such mass, I wonder.

  • Funny how this came up on the front of MSN today.  Last month my family and I went to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and we saw the tallest building in the world and went shopping in the largest mall in the world all in one day at Dubai.

    Was quite an experience, couldn't do the whole mall in a day though. :(

  • Our town, Sac City, Iowa, has the largest popcorn ball!

  • I was expecting more oddball and obscure "largests".  Some of these are well known.  I'd like to hear about the largest popcorn ball in Iowa!!  :)

  • Been to see the largest tree general sherman. . . don't remember it that much was like 4 at the time but i look like an ant next to the tree in the pic my mom took its insane!

  • lol @ greg

    I want to hear about the popcorn ball too!

  • The largest Anglican church in the world is in Liverpool, England.  It's unbelievable.

  • Brandon, Iowa has the world's largest frypan.  Crystal Lake, Iowa has the world's largest bullhead.

  • At least they didn't publish the largest spider.  That'd give me nightmares for years!

  • Greensburg, KS, has the largest hand dug well.

  • The Dallas Cowboys has the largest Stadium and probaly the largest fan base

  • Worlds biggest biggest artifical heart is in Philadelphia PA it is at the franklin instutute

  • Jamestown, North Dakota has the worlds largest concrete Buffalo(can be seen from the Interstate, 5 miles away.

  • I live in Arlington, TX, home to the largest domed stadium in the world, has the world's largest column-free interior and the largest high definition video screen.  

  • Sorry, Gerry, but I think the Packers have a larger fan base than the Cowboys...

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