While the term “record-breaking” is thrown out a lot, the designation of holding a Guinness World Record has a certain awe-inspiring quality.
Since 1955, the company has been showcasing amazing and unusual records set be people from all over the world. Did you know you could visit the highest outdoor elevator, eat at the world’s most expensive restaurant, or walk the world’s narrowest street?
That’s right. Here are some fascinating destinations that hold amazing records of their own that you might not have known even existed.
Largest Indoor Ski Resort
You’ve probably never even thought about skiing indoors, but you can do it in record-breaking fashion at the world’s largest indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Skiers can swish through year-round snow and over 1,000 feet of runs, tube slides that let you toboggan through the snow, and a Freestyle Zone for practicing jumps.
Redditor Stephaniiie and her boyfriend wanted a portable retreat from the Canadian backcountry that would be a bit more comfortable than a tent, so they picked up a 1968 Flat Top Boler fiberglass trailer.
For those who aren’t up to date on their history of Canadian trailers, the Boler is somewhat of a Canadian classic. Introduced in 1968, the famous ‘egg on wheels’ had a simple design that made it a very popular lightweight family travel trailer.
The inside included a stove, fridge or ice box, sink with hand pump, and amazingly, the trailer could sleep four people. The rear dinette table between the seats lowered to created a double bed, and the front gaucho converted into bunk beds.
This vintage trailer was in great condition, with no leaks, great guts, working appliances, and new tires. And, best of all, it could fit their huge dog a lot more comfortably than a tent!
Though it is kind of hard to believe you could fit four people inside that tiny camper! Let alone a dog…
They say that everyone has a twin somewhere in the world. Most of us will never come across that doppelgänger given the vast expanse of the world, but if you’re a celebrity, your face is plastered everywhere and there are thousands of people who think they look like you. But what about people from the past?
Whether it’s a convict from the 1800’s who looks like Justin Timberlake or an ancient pope who looks so much like Sylvester Stallone that you will be amazed, these celebrities have twins from the past that might make you believe in time travel.
Jimmy Fallon and Turkish revolutionist Mahir Cayan
We’re spoiled today in that we have the Internet and Food Network and availability to fresh ingredients in which we can make meals that are actually relatively appetizing, in most cases.
And a lot of us grew up with grandparents telling us how they could feed a family of 23 on a package of beef, gelatin, and a pound of potatoes, and they often tried to force you to eat some of their “favorite classic recipes.”
Those recipes usually included words like “mold,” “loaf,” “salad,” “casserole,” and Jell-O, along with a lot of mayonnaise and even more NOPE.
Call me spoiled, but these horrifying meals should be left in the past.
When you think about it, everything we know now is most likely the result of wisdom being passed down from generation to generation — but how did people possibly remember all this stuff before they could just add it to the Pinterest app on their phone? As it turns out, they used something akin to trading cards…with a twist.
Gallaher’s, a Victorian British cigarette brand, began inserting stiff cards with helpful information on them in cigarette packs around 1880, so as to make them sturdier. The cards became so popular that Gallaher’s started an entire series of ‘How To Do It’ cards.
A few weeks ago, photographer Meagan Abell was thrift store shopping in Richmond, Virginia, when she came across a box of film negatives. Curious about the images, she bought the negatives, took them home, and scanned them…
And was absolutely stunned by the photographs’ beautiful, moody atmosphere.
The devastatingly gorgeous results show two young women, bathed in the rosy, golden light of the setting sun, standing on a beach, and walking into the ocean.
Unfortunately, the owner of the thrift store has no idea where the photos came from though, judging by the style of dress, Abell’s best guess is that they were take in the 1940s or 1950s. She thinks the film is most likely 60mm, and may be Kodachrome.
But beyond that, the incredible photographs and their subjects are a total mystery.
The Renaissance literally means “re-birth,” and history showed it was a time of transition for Europe not only artistically, but also politically, religiously, and scientifically. In other words, it was kind of the link between the dark Middle Ages and today.
Speaking of today, Instagram and Facebook feeds (not to mention paintings and art) most often depict children in adorable positions or at least looking semi-normal. That was not the case during the Renaissance, as they were apparently disturbing demon spawn.
116 years ago, the John V. Moran was lost in the depths of Lake Michigan. The steamboat had been on its way from Milwaukee to Muskegon when it went down on February 12th, 1899, after its hull was pierced by ice a few days earlier.
The ship was thought to be lost forever…until June 5th, 2015, when a team with the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association located the John V. Moran during a sonar search.