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Did You Know – 08/05/2013

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1. Duct Tape:  During World War II, the U.S. military needed a strong, waterproof tape to help keep ammunition cases dry. By modifying medical tape, researchers at the Permacel division of Johnson & Johnson came up with a three-ply tape that sandwiched a fabric mesh between a layer of polyethylene on top and a rubber-based adhesive on the bottom. Their take on tape performed better than anyone expected. It was exceedingly strong, yet allowed soldiers to rip it easily into strips. And its ability to repel water  became legendary.  Soldiers returned home and took jobs on building sites.
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2. World’s Largest Outdoor Pool:  Outdoor swimming pool at San Alfonso Del Mar Resort in Chile: This pool covers 20 acres, the pool is over 900 meters (3,000 ft) long. Its deep end is 35 meters (115 ft)—also a world record—and it holds 66 million gallons of water. Also, it could engulf 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools, took five years and nearly $1 billion to build, and costs about $2 million yearly to maintain.The pool uses an advanced suction and filtration system and virtually no chemicals, making it surprisingly environmentally friendly
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3. Worlds Largest Waterfall. Inga Falls, along the Congo in Kinshasa, Zaire. It moves more water than any other waterfall on the planet. A lot more, as it turns out. Inga Falls has an average discharge rate well over 10 times that of Niagara—over 900,000 cubic feet of water per second.
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4. Worlds largest Video Screen. Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil is a big building. it seats nearly 50,000 and will be the 11th-largest stadium in Brazil. The entire front of the building is one giant video screen.
The screen will be capable of displaying images, video, and scoreboard information that will be visible to anyone even glancing in the stadium’s general direction. At 20 meters (65 ft) high and an astonishing 170 meters (560 ft) long, the screen is comprised of 34,000 LEDs and is easily the biggest video screen in the world.
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5. The largest man-made freestanding structure on the planet is in China.. Taking three years to complete, the structure holds a 14-screen IMAX theater, an ice skating rink large enough to host sanctioned international competitions, a complete replica Mediterranean village, and (of course) a water park. The water park alone can accommodate 6,000 visitors at once, all of whom could easily be put up in the 2,000 available hotel rooms. But even these details don’t do justice to the immense scope of this facility—inside this building, you could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses. Or over 300 football fields. Or Monaco.
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A Heroic Mother

Heroic Mother!

Heroic Mother!

During an early morning response to a house fire in Santa Rosa de Temuco, Chile, firefighters witnessed the unbelievable. A mother dog risked her life to save her puppies from the fire surrounding the burning house, which started because of a car bomb.

The mother dog, Amanda, raced back and forth between the house, putting her 10 day old puppies in the safest place she could find–a firetruck!

She didn’t stop racing back into the fire until all of her puppies were safely away from the fire. The firemen on scene could not believe their eyes. Most people have never seen a dog this smart or this brave!

After rescuing all of her pups from the blaze, Amanda sat down next to them, protecting them with her body. Onlookers called an emergency veterinary service and she and her pups were rushed to the hospital. Aside from one puppy being treated for serious burns, the entire family are alive and well–thanks to the bravery of Amanda, the heroic mother!

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