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Its amazing that there are still places like this still out there waiting to be explored. A British caving team have just recently explored the world’s largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.
Called Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave) it is believed to be almost twice the size of the current record holder. Son Doong has replaced the Deer cave in Malaysia to become the world’s largest cave.
‘It is a truly amazing sized cave and one of the most significant discoveries by a British caving team,’ said Adam Spillane, a member of the 13-man expedition team.
Using a laser measuring device known as the LaserRace 300, which measures height and width, the team are now back in the UK analysing their readings.
The cave was originally discovered in 1991 by a Vietnamese Jungle man called Ho Khanh. However Mr Spillane said no-one had entered if before because: ‘it emitted a frightful wind and noise which was due to a large underground river.’
They spent five days exploring the cave in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park through mid-April.
‘The cave is 6.5km long at present but the end of the main passage still continues with a calcite wall of over 45m high halting our progress,’ Mr Spillane said.’
‘More work on the next expedition is required to make a complete exploration of Hang Son Doong and obtain a complete photographic record of the cave. ’
The Hang Son Doong cave is believed to be almost twice the size of the current record holder.
Here’s a map if you want to go Spelunking.
The Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
Italy stages its biggest food fight each February in the Piedmont town of Ivrea, where thousands gather each year before Lent to re-enact a medieval battle by hurling oranges at each other. By the end of it the entire town is awash with Vitamin C.
Orange fetishists are well advised to visit the northern Italian town of Ivrea, 35 kilometers from Turin, on the Sunday before Lent when the townsfolk stage their annual Battle of the Oranges, the country’s largest fruit fight.
It involves around 3,000 revellers on foot and in carts drawn by decorated horses and lasts for three days, after which everyone is covered in pulp and orange juice, and the streets are slippery with squashed orange peel.
The ceremony, part of the town’s historic carnival, marks the rebellion of the people against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages. Each year a carnival mascot is chosen from the town’s school children to play “Violetta”, a beautiful girl who in medieval times refused the advances of a lord and came to represent the victory of freedom over tyranny.
The Banpo Bridge spans the Han River in Seoul, Korea. Work began last March on the design of water fountains that shoots out from the bridge, in sync with an amazing light display specially designed to attract more tourists.
The water fountain falls gracefully from the Banpo Bridge, much like a waterfall. The water dance to music in 100 different configurations. At night an amazing light show creates an even more fantastical scene.
The San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile ’s southern coast has a pool so large that resort guests use can use kayaks and small boats to get around. At over 1,000 yards long, covering more 20 acres, with an astounding 115-foot deep end, and holding 66 million gallons of water. This pool is now also the deepest in the world trumping the Nemo 33 pool at 108 feet.
According to a 2008 article on News.com.au
At one-kilometre in length, the resort’s tropical blue lagoon has received the nod from the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest swimming pool.
The lagoon, cost an estimated $US1.5 billion ($1.74 billion) to build, covers an area of eight hectares and the 2.5 million litres of water needed to fill it is drawn from the Pacific Ocean.
The Guinness Book of Records has named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world. This manmade marvel took 5 years to complete.Chile’s monster pool uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to keep fresh seawater in permanent circulation, drawing it in from the ocean at one end and pumping it out at the other.
thanks to http://www.BlahaLife.com
Located in Downtown Pyongyang Near the Kim Il Sung Stadium and in the west side of Moran Hill is the abandoned Kaeson Youth Park.
“It turns out there are three funfairs in Pyongyang in various states of disrepair, the largest being the Kaeson Youth Park.Opened in 1984, it was built to project an image of progress and the ingenuity of its citizens. Backed by Russia and China when they were heavily funding the DPRK’s growth, the Kaeson Youth Park is the largest of three funfairs still in operation in the greater Pyongyang area.” Source
Meisho Amusement Machines Built the “roller coaster of death” for this fun fair that was originally named ” Kwansong Tancha”. According to the Roller coasters database this rusty steel coaster first opened in 1984 with opening of the park.
Here are some images of what the park looked like when it was open.
Image source: Lucaskt
Image source: NKeconWatch
- Abandoned Strange roller coaster in the fog
Image source: NKeconWatch
The Roller Coaster of Death, Kaeson Youth Park.
Also Check out Pyonyang’a infamous Ryugyong Hotel
Every October in Town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, Lake Pesaquid becomes a spectacle with giant decorated pumpkins sailing across its waters. Along with other Pumpkin related contests the Pumpkin Regatta has become a huge hit in the community. Individuals go to great lengths to carve and decorate their vessels.
“In the first year of the event, 1999, The Pumpkin Regatta, with an operating budget of $50.00, attracted about 2,000 skeptical spectators who turned out to watch five brave – and no doubt equally skeptical – participants attempt to manoeuvre their hollowed-out giant pumpkins across Lake Pesaquid.
So novel was the idea of racing giant pumpkins that local merchants and local media were quick to get on-side. The 1st Annual Pumpkin Regatta attracted national attention, and Windsor – “The Little Town of Big Firsts” – could now claim another first – Giant Pumpkin Racing!”
This years race took place on October 12th.
More information on the Big Pumpkin Regatta can be found at The official Town of Windsor Big Pumpkin Website
The Kayabukiya tavern, north of Tokyo in Japan, has two interesting employees. The two Japanese Macaque monkeys working for tips are on two hour a day shifts. The new waiters serve customers hot towels and drinks, and are given generous tips in the form of soya beans. The two uniformed monkeys are family pets of the owners that have been allowed to help in the bar. Many patrons insist that the new servers are actually better than their human competition. The tavern is a traditional sake house owned an operated by Kaoru Otsuka. The tavern has been monitored by animal rights regulators to insure that they are cared for properly. Mr.Otsuka is beginning to train new staff to handle the flood of curious customers. Three baby monkeys are already learning the trade and will soon be ready to join the ranks.
Located in West Beiruit, a hot new restaurant, “Buns and Guns”, is causing a skirmish. Declared the “Home of the ‘AK-47 Kalashnikov’” which is actually a beef steak on terrorist bread. Also try a delicious “Rocket propelled Grenade”- Chicken on a skewer. “They accuse us of terrorism, so let’s serve terrorist bread, why not?” Mr Ibrahim told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV. Other dishes include the Kalashnikov, Dragunov, Viper, B52, while realistic-looking weapons and ammunition decorate the counters, and camouflage netting hangs from the ceiling.
Beirut has recently passed through another round of civil strife when pro-government partisans and those of the Hezbollah-led opposition fought street battles in west Beirut.
But that does not necessarily mean that the customers think the restaurant is in bad taste.
Buns and Guns (motto: A sandwich can kill you) is located in a strongly Hezbollah-supporting area, where the group’s militia is lionised by many.
“My goal was to make people laugh before they ask me why weapons. The important thing is that they laugh,” Mr Ibrahim said.
He insists the only way his sandwiches could kill the customers is by their generous proportions.
“It attracts customers in an unconventional way. You noticed the moment I opened the restaurant, there was a lot of business,” he told the al-Manar correspondent, who later tucked into an RPG sandwich. - source