If the harsh weather and even harsher taste of their vodka didn’t instill the stereotype of Russians being rather hardened and callous–this will. Known as tempering, the Russian schoolchildren featured above don’t begin their day in a classroom but rather a sauna. After heating up, the children are then forced out of the room and into the biting Russian cold…nearly naked. In other words, the next time you complain about beginning your elementary school days with fractions, be thankful it’s not subzero temperatures.
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From hippos to hedgehogs to humans, everyone yawns. However, the yawn’s evolutionary purpose has yet to be empirically substantiated. Nevertheless, their montage across species is still fun to watch.
Formed in 1861, the fanciful lads featured above comprise the Brighton Swimming Club, the United Kingdom’s oldest club of its kind. Swimming enthusiasts though they were, they were also gentlemen…hence the top hats.
Two men travel to Dubai to attempt a world record base jump off the world’s tallest building: the Burj Tower. Are they brave or simply stupid?
Immaculate Baking’s Chocolate Chip Cookie
Baked in Flat Rock, North Carolina in 2003 by the Immaculate Baking Company, what would soon become the world’s largest cookie extended an impressive 102 feet across (almost the width of a football field) and weighed in at a staggering 40,000 pounds (the weight of nearly 160 NFL players). Completed over the course of nearly thirteen hours using heaters and a specially-designed canopy to hold in the heat, the cookie was carved up and sold in boxes for $10 a slice to commemorate the incredible event.
One Ton Bacon Cheeseburger
One of the United States’ most exceptional intellectuals and abolitionists, Frederick Douglass also served as one of President Abraham Lincoln’s many trusted experts.