Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken, Canadian ice climbers, have become the first in the world to complete historic ascent of frozen Niagara Falls, parts of which have frozen over winter. They climbed about 45 metres up on the Horseshoe section of the famous falls, which borders the US and Canada.
In his interview (watch below), Gadd described how spray from the part of the waterfall that had not frozen made his ice climb slippery 🙂
Sable Island sits in the middle of “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” and has been the site of roughly 475 shipwrecks, and is home to over 400 wild horses. These horses have managed to survive on the island with only sea grass and rainwater. While it has never been permanently settled, it has been occupied by shipwrecked sailors, transported convicts and pirates. It was declared Canada’s 43rd National Park on June 20th, 2013.
What is believed to be the biggest and most expensive digital billboard in the world was lit up yesterday in front New York’s Marriot Marquis hotel. The only other billboard able to compete is the world’s tallest billboard at One Times Square, where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
The digital screen spans an entire New York City block and boasts a higher resolution than some of the best TV’s on the market. Google will be the first company to run an ad campaign on it later this month.
The billboard, which is about the length of a football field, will cost advertisers $2.5 million a month. Google’s ad will run from Nov. 24 until early 2015.
There are superstars who wouldn’t wear the same dress twice, but this one teacher from Prestonwood Elementary (PE) in Richardson, USA, had himself photographed with the same outfit for 40 years in a row. PE teacher Dale Irby started his legendary yearbook photograph sequence by mistake, when he realized he was wearing the same polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater like he did for the photo shoot one year ago, back in 1973.
“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” said Dale. It was his wife, Cathy, who managed to make a joke out of the situation, and dared her husband to wear the same clothes again next year. After this dare Dale wore his shirt and sweater for the next 5 years: “After five pictures,” he said, “it was like: ‘Why stop?’” Even when the clothes wouldn’t fit him anymore, Dale would bring them to school and wear exclusively for the photo shoot. Nice to have something you can count on these days!
The new 432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the centre of Manhattan’s famed Park Avenue, 432 Park Avenue now stands at a staggering 96-stories, surpassing both The Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. It’s the first in a wave of new super-tall apartment buildings coming to New York’s skyline.
Residences are priced from $16.95 million to full floor penthouses at $76.5 million. The top-story penthouse of this building recently sold for around $95 million.
It is believed that ‘The President’ is the hugest tree in the world when judged on bio-mass. “The President” is located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the United States.
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The tree is 75 metres tall. That’s a 20 storey building! It boasts a circumference of 28 metres at the base and at over 3,200 years old pre-dates the Iron Age. It’s so huge, it’s impossible to look at in one go. So no one has ever taken a proper photograph of its entirety until a team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to take 126 separate photos of ‘the President’. The final photograph, which represented a mosaic of 126 images, appeared in the December 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine.
College-age students love coffee; ok, we know that. However, the latest survey data from the NPD group, which tracks trends in what Americans eat and drink, finds that 18- to 24-year-olds are increasingly turning to coffee, rather than caffeinated sodas, as their pick-me-up of choice. And not just any coffee—they want the fancy stuff. This is where Starbucks come into play.
College campuses might have been among the few remaining places to escape the shadow of Starbucks. There are roughly 11,500 Starbucks outlets in the U.S., but only about 300 of them are on U.S. campuses. That is about to change as Starbucks have come up with an idea to deliver coffee from food trucks. Why trucks? They can travel around with students throughout the day, meeting students’ caffeine needs wherever they pop up.
The cafe chain is testing trucks on three college campuses while trying to find new store formats beyond the typical retail outlet.