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World's Largest Christmas Trees 2011 unveiled in the Italian town of Gubbio

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Volunteers from the Italian town of Gubbio have finally completed three months of work preparing one of the world's largest Christmas trees.

The medieval town's tree is made up from over 800 lights laid out on the side of Mount Ingino.

These World Tallest Christmas tree is 800 metres high (2624 feet), 400 metres (1312 feet) wide. On the top of the tree and at the summit of the mountain, a star over 1000 metres (3,280 feet) long sparkles in the night sky.

"This started in 1981 when some inhabitants decided to make this tree which then became considered the biggest tree in the world," said the head of the Christmas tree committee Danilo Sannipoli.

"There are about 15-20 kilometers of cables involved, thousands of electric plugs to connect and hundreds and hundreds of lights that make up this Christmas display," he said.

This year, the tree is even greener than usual, with solar panels being used to cut down on electric power.

"For us in Gubbio, this Christmas tree has become a real tradition, we just couldn't do without it", said young Gubbio resident Matteo Fumanti.

"Particularly for those of us who are young like myself, we have always been able to look at this tree," he said.

Local inhabitants from miles around get the benefit of seeing the tree which lies on the side of the slope at some 900 metres high.

World's Largest Christmas Trees 2011 World Record Video

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Smallest watermelon

his is another amazing thing in the world, smallest watermelon.

How small?

Check yourself... Here is it..

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The Leshan Giant Buddha (or Leshan Dafo)

The Leshan Giant Buddha (or Leshan Dafo) is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture.
The Buddha is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in Leshan City. In December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. 

History of  Leshan Giant Buddha
Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, Leshan Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long (about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide (about 92 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground.
It was a monk called Hai Tong who initiated the project. His concern was for the safety of the long-suffering people who earned their living around the confluence of the three rivers. Tempestuous waters ensured that boat accidents were numerous and the simple people put the disaster down to the presence of a water spirit. So Hai Tong decided to carve a statue beside the river thinking that the Buddha would bring the water spirit under control. Besides, the fallen stones dropped during the carving would reduce the water force there. After 20 years' begging alms, he finally accumulated enough money for the plan. When some local government officials had designs on tempting this amount of money, Hai Tong said that they could get his eyeball but not the money raised for the Buddha. After Hai Tong dug out his eyeball, these officials ran away scared. The project was half done when Hai Tong passed away, and two of his disciples continued the work. After a total of 90 years' hard work, the project was finally completed.

Build of  Leshan Giant Buddha
The charm of the Buddha lies not only in its size but also in its architectural artistry. There are 1,021 buns in the Buddha's coiled hair. These have been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so wonderful that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole. Another architectural highlight is the drainage system. This system is made up of some hidden gutters and channels, scattered on the head and arms, behind the ears and in the clothes. This system, which helps displace rainwater and keep the inner part dry, plays an important part in the protection of the Buddha.
The large pair of ears, each seven meters (about 23 feet) long, is made of wood and is decorated by mud on the surface. For craftsmen of thousands of years ago, it was not easy to fix these to the stone head.
Having such a long history and such worldwide fame, the renovation of the Buddha has received extensive attention both at home and abroad. The Buddha was nearly destroyed by the erosion of wind and rain before 1963 when the Chinese government began the repairing work. At present, the maintenance work is in progress under the instruction of experts from UNESCO.

Long Beach Washington

Long Beach Washington

What a legend - originally, there just wasn't time to see this amazing thing, but thankfully plans change. I first s What a legend - originally, there just wasn't time to see this amazing thing, but thankfully plans change. I first saw an image of the World's Largest Frying Pan in connection with the Egg Day festivities in Winlock - they had imported the pan to fry up omelettes for the Egg Day crowd at the Farmers-Merchants Picnic on July 24, 1931, with a Gibson Girl standing in the pan, bacon strapped to her feet, holding a very large spatula. 

That pan is no longer, the current Long Beach pan is a replica, but a darn good one. Although appearing to be cast iron, the replica is a very good fiberglass copy. It sits across the road from Marsh's Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man. Also in the museum is a photo history of the frying pan, complete with tour photos from the 40s and 50s.

The strange shape adhered to the pan in most postcard shots is a Sqirting Clam. Not suprising, the  World's Largest Squirting Clam stands right next to the frying pan.


World's Largest Frying Pan Stats

From the postcard:
"World's Largest Frying Pan"
Built in 1941 for the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Was used at the annual Clam Festival here. Big pan has travelled extensively in the Northwest to advertise the Long Beach Peninsula vacation area. It measures 14.6 from end of the handle, 9.6 feet across pan portion.

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