Monday, February 18, 2008

Wooden supercar

A US designer is working on the world's first wooden supercar.

Joe Harmon, 27, started the project with other students at North Carolina State University to see whether it was possible to build a performance car out of wood.

Their creation - the Splinter - should be completed later this year and they believe it should be capable of speeds in excess of 240mph.

Sky turns black as thousands of starlings flock into Gretna Green

These amazing pictures show thousands of starlings flocking to the famous village of Gretna Green - as tourists look on in amazement.

The birds fluttered overhead, turning the sky black above the village which is notorious for runaway weddings.

The event is a seasonal phenomenon and birdwatchers come from miles around to catch a glimpse of the amazing skies.

World’s largest salad

Pulpi, a town in the province of Almeria, southern Spain, has entered the Guinness Book or Records in September for creating the world’s largest salad.

It took 20 chefs more 16 hours to prepare the 6700kg salad, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers and olives. A Guinness World Records judge was on the spot to confirm the new record.
The salad was later distributed to restaurants in Pulpi, and was served for free for their customers.

World’s largest gold coin (100kg)

The largest gold coin in the world, weighing 100kg and with a face value of CA$1 million was recently on display in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The gold coin, produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, is approximately 50cm in diametre and about 3cm thick and has a purity of 99.999%.

Although the 100kg coin has a face value of $1 million, it would cost approximately CA$2.6 million (or US$2.4 million) to purchase, based on the market value of gold.