Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
World's Largest Aircraft
There was a little excitement at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas with the arrival of the world's largest aircraft, a Russian Antonov 225. It was there to deliver a very large power transformer for Nevada Power, which has been built in Turkey. Apparently G.E. or Westinghouse weren't capable, or they lost the 'bid' to Turkey.
Note the wingspan is just about a football field length. Aircraft specifications are at the bottom.
Wingspam - 290 Ft.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
This Airbus 340 aircraft was "remodeled" in Waco . Yes, the sinks are solid gold and one of them is Lalique crystal. The Sultan bought the aircraft for roughly $100M; had it flown to Waco , brand-new, had the interior completely removed; and had the folks at E-Systems (now Raytheon) install $120M worth of improvements inside and outside.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
(or 50 Completely Useless Facts!)
|The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed. |
Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!
What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.
"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.
Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London
Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.
Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.
The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.
The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!
The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not
Slugs have 4 noses.
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
The average person laughs 10 times a day!
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain
$139 million (£75 million)
Thanks to shifting exchange rates, Updown Court is still, it appears, the most expensive home in the world. And no wonder: The unlived-in mansion encompasses 103 rooms, five swimming pools and its own 50-seat screening room. The property oozes opulence, from the 24-carat-gold leafing on the library floor to the heated marble driveway. With your own squash court, bowling alley and tennis court, you may never need to leave--except to visit the queen at nearby Windsor Castle. It is listed with Hamptons International and Savills.
It's a record-setting prince--er, price. Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., has put his 95-care ranch on the market. The Starwood Ranch estate includes a 56,000-square-foot mansion with 15 bedrooms and 16 baths, several smaller buildings, stables, a tennis court and an indoor swimming pool. Listed with Joshua Saslove at Joshua & Co.
Maison de L'Amitie
Palm Beach, Fla.
In 2004, Donald J. Trump bought former health care executive Abe Gosman's palace, Maison de L'Amitie, at a bankruptcy auction for $41.25 million. With the refurbished version--complete with ballroom, conservatory, 100-foot-long swimming pool and 475 feet of oceanfront--he aims to set a U.S. sales record. It is listed with Dolly Lenz and Geoff Thomas at Prudential Douglas Elliman.
The fourth most expensive home in the world is in a somewhat unexpected spot. Located on three-quarters of an acre directly on the Bosphorus, this residence offers more than 30,000 square feet of opulent living space in 64 rooms. Details include gilded moldings and crystal chandeliers. The mansion has a rare quay that is nearly 200 feet long. Listed with Alp Sahin at Luici Real Estate Agency.
$92 million (£50 million)
When a Turkish entrepreneur builds a neoclassical palace in modern London, the result is Halis Toprak's over-the-top home. The main living space (not including staff and guest apartments) totals about 28,000 square feet, and includes twin grand staircases, four kitchens and an 80-foot-long grand salon. There is an indoor leisure complex with swimming pool, Turkish bath and sauna, and two acres of landscaped grounds. The property is being offered through Trevor Abrahmsohn at Glentree Estates.