The Short Life Of History’s Tallest Man

Robert Wadlow Tallest Person

Born in Alton, Illinois in 1918, an abnormal pituitary gland would catapult Robert Wadlow into the public limelight while he was a teenager–and end his life at a mere 22 years old.

At the time of his death, Wadlow was 8’11” (2.72 meters) and weighed 439 pounds (199 kilograms). Wadlow initially aspired to go to law school after graduating from high school in 1936, but ended up spending most of his time participating in tours and festivals around the United States, some of which were sponsored by the Ringling Brothers Circus.

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Kazakhstan’s Real-Life “Sleepy Hollow”

Kazakhstan Sleeping Sickness

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Imagine going about your day to day life only to abruptly fall asleep, waking up days or even a week later with no memory of what’s happened. Sound a bit like the plot of a horror movie? In a small town in Kazakhstan, this drama has been playing out for the better part of a year and doctors still can’t explain it.

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Why Crashing A Plane Isn’t So Easy

Pilot staying awake over ocean

An Australian pilot stays awake and alert over the monotonous sea. Source: Reuters

Planes are terrifying, right? A mix of exhilaration and sheer terror lingers in the mind when sitting on the runway, waiting for takeoff– how could something weighing over 400 tons with thousands of miles of electrical cable and 250 human beings inside of it simply launch into the sky and stay there? If you’ve got a window seat near the wing, it’s likely you’ll spend a good amount of that time examining the engine case for loose screws and hoping your pilot has gotten a good night’s sleep.

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25 Fun Penguin Facts In Honor Of World Penguin Day

Whether they’re using icebergs as a slip and slide or hovering over their chicks to provide warmth, penguins are one of the most adorable bird species around. They are also one of the most fascinating.

In honor of World Penguin Day, we’ve rounded up these 25 penguin facts you probably didn’t know. So put aside all of your preconceived notions about penguins—we know you’ve watched at least one of the many penguin movies out these days—and see what makes these birds so interesting.

Can’t get enough of the penguins? Check out these hilarious penguin bloopers:

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