Many people believe that Charles Lindbergh was the first man to complete a transatlantic airplane flight.
Actually, the feat had been accomplished many times before Lindbergh’s historic flight in 1927.
Eight years earlier, a crew of six U.S. Navy flyers had crossed the Atlantic in a Curtiss hydroplane, landing in the Azores before continuing on to England.
Later in the same year, two Englishmen accomplished the first nonstop crossing, traveling from Newfoundland to Ireland in just over 16 hours.
Their gear included two stuffed black cats.
Including airship crews, Lindbergh was actually the 81st person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. But he was the first to do it alone.
You won’t find many picnic tables in the sandy plateau region of southwestern Africa, but in a pinch you could spread your lunch on top of the Welwitschia mirabilis plant.
The trunk of this grotesque giant is often six feet in diameter, yet rises just a few inches above the ground, with an almost flat top.
This bizarre form give the Welwitschia the appearance of a slightly folded round table.
From around the rim of this trunk extend a number of long, leathery leaves that curl like ribbons over the surrounding soil.
These leaves can measure as much as 18 feet in length, long enough to be bent over and used as a table cloth.
The Ruwanweli Pagoda in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), is built on a 500-squarefoot, seven-inch-thick foundation of solid silver.