Thursday, January 24, 2008

Peculiar Calabashes

Ring pistol

Brandy the world's smallest dog

With legs the size of lollipops and standing no bigger than the average Coke can, this tiny canine is the smallest dog in the world.

The dog, named Heaven Sent Brandy, a four-year-old female chihuahua measuring 15.2 cm (6 inches) from tail to nose, was awarded the title of "the smallest dog in terms of length" by the Guinness Book Of Records in January 2005.

And such is Brandy's size that in the three years since he was awarded the title, she hasn't grown - in fact, she is so small that she can't even bark.

Her owner, Paulette Keller from Largo, Florida, USA picked up Brandy when she was just 9 months old.

"She hasn't grown at all and she weighs only 2lb," says the 53-year-old housewife.

Bruce Springteen's Tree of Influences

Here's what Bruce Springsteen has been influenced by, both in music and in literature:

World's Longest Inverted Roller Coaster

Located in China’s Guangdong Province, this is the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. It is set to start running on Feb 7 this year. This one kilometer long roller coaster designed by Switzerland-based Bolliger and Mabillard, has a vertical drop of 80 meters and is as high as a 30-storey building at its highest point. More than $27 million were spent in its making.

Thinnest car in the world