6 posts tagged Long
6 posts tagged Long
Meet Zeta the Giant Anteater and her awesomely impressive 2-foot-long tongue. Zeta lives in England at the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and recently became a new mum after giving birth to an incredibly cute anteater pup.
Giant Anteaters are native to Central and South America. Their amazing tongues are typically 60 cm (24 inches) long, covered in backward-curving papillae and coated in thick, sticky saliva. The better to collect countless scrummy ants and termites with.
Photo via Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.
Head over to ZooBorns for photos of Zeta with her extraordinarily cute pup.
It’s Amazing Animal Day on Geyser of Awesome!
It’s time to visit the Department of Phenomenal Facial Hair where we’ll meet Ram Singh Chauhan from Rajasthan, India and his awesome 14 foot mustache. Mister Chauhan, who works as a Rajasthan state tourism official, began growing his mustache began growing his mustache in 1970 and hasn’t cut it since. Over 40 years later, Chauhan’s magnificent mustache measures over 4.3 meters and holds the Guinness record for World’s Longest Mustache.
The 58-year old says one of the secrets to impressive facial hair growth is starting early. ”As you grow old your hormones grow weak, so the speed slows down,” Ram says, but even now he still adds a few centimeters to his mustache every year. He stopped shaving his mustache back in 1970, after being inspired by a fellow mustache enthusiast from Rajasthan, resuming to trimming the split ends every once in a while. In the early years Chauhan and his wife Asha used to fight over his abnormally long facial hair, because he used to take a long time to wash and groom it, and people stared at them every time they went out. But as soon as her husband started getting recognition for his efforts, she began to respect his commitment, and says she now considers the mustache part of the family and shares his pride in it.
Ram and his wife spend between up to two hours every day tending to his mustache. ”I massage it and oil it regularly and I wash it every 10 days which takes a long time,” he told BBC News.
Visit Oddity Central to learn more about Ram Singh Chauhan and his extraordinary face furniture.
Photos by John Wright for Guinness Records.
On May 10th and 11th, 2013, over 80 LEGO enthusiasts gathered in Denmark in effort to achieve the Guinness World Record for longest plastic toy train track. It all began when LEGO fan Henrik Ludvigsen look around and realized that he had an exceptionally large number of rails in his collection. Then inspiration struck. Henrik put out advertisements in newspapers and online seeking more pieces of LEGO track and his request was answered many times over. Henrik received blue LEGO rails from all over the world.
93,307 LEGO bricks and rails were used to assemble the record-breaking track, which measured 4000.25 meters (nearly 2.5 miles) long. After the track was assembled, it took one little electric LEGO train nearly 4 hours to travel the length of the track. When the train completed its journey, Henrik Ludvigsen and his team of fellow LEGO-lovers were awarded the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Plastic Toy Train Track - a pretty awesome achievement.
[via Design Taxi]
Arief Priyono photographed this awesomely long bicycle in Blawe village, Kediri, East Java, Indonesia. Measuring 44 feet long, but only seating one, the bike was hand-crafted out of 84 feet of rusty iron pipe.
From the Department of Awesome Animal Anatomy comes this post by astronomy-to-zoology about Woodpecker Tongues.
“The woodpecker’s tongue can extend 2/3 its body length. Its tongue is covered in sticky saliva and barbs all over with an ear (a hearing mechanism) at the end of it. So it can listen to its prey. It detects sound. The tongue is so long that it fits its tongue in its head by wrapping around its brain and around its eye sockets. It can move its head/beak up to 15-16 times per second as it strikes a tree. This is incredibly fast. It creates immense forces, 250 more times than astronauts are subjected to. It is 1,000 G’s. The woodpecker has cartilage around the brain that keeps it from shattering.”
That’s one impressive tongue.
Learning is awesome!
Reblogged from astronomy-to-zoology
Awesome bear tongue!
We sure hope he was able to reach that biscuit.
[via Dark Roasted Blend]