These are the world's droppiest wooden roller coasters.
The title of the droppiest wooden roller coaster goes to the Goliath at the Six Flags Great America park in Illinois, United States.The Goliath's track is 940 meters in length, rises up to 50 meters in height and has a drop of 55 meters.
At a close second, is the El Toro (or The Bull in Spanish) at Six Flags Great Adventure Park in New Jersey, United States, with a drop of 54 meters. The El Toro is 55 meters tall, 1,300 meters long and can accelerate to a speed of 110 km/h.
At third, is the Lighting Rod of Dollywood Park in Tennessee, United States, which can hit top speeds of 117 km/h - the fastest for a wooden roller coaster. The Lightning Rod runs on a 1,200-meter long track, rises up to a height of 50 meters and has a drop of 50 meters.
50 States of the USA. These are the 50 states of the United States of America, making the 327 million population and US$19 trillion GDP of the USA.
1. States with the Most Representatives. California has 53 representatives in the House of Representatives, followed by Texas (36 reps) followed by New York (27 reps) and Florida (27 reps).
2. The Most Populated States. California, with a population of 39,536,653. Followed by Texas, the Lone Star State, with a population of 28,304,596 and Sunshine State, Florida with 20,984,400 people.
2018 (Sub-Saharan Africa) Corruption Perceptions Index
source: Transparency International (see attributions)
"The Corruption Perceptions Index is an index which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43. It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. While there are exceptions, the data shows that despite some progress, most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption. " - excerpt from CPI website (below)
Average Scores By Region
As a region, Sub-Saharan Africa ranked last in the average index scores.
The First Industrial Revolution was about mechanization through the use of steam and water power.
The discovery of electricity ushered in the Second Industrial Revolution with mass production.
In the Third Industrial Revolution, the advent of computer digitization propelled the manufacturing world forward with automation and electronic and IT systems.
As the manufacturing world becomes increasingly computerized and digitized, the emergence of IoT, more powerful sensors and lowered costs of networks begin to define the Fourth Industrial Revolution with connected cyber-physical systems. Industry 4.0 is a technical articulation of how this revolution can be realized.
That said, the year of 2019 is helmed by the familiar major Industry 4.0 events such as the Hannover Messe which has attracted close to 250,000 visitors and 6,500 exhibitors in the past years. In Asia, China and Taiwan, both high-end manufacturing trailblazers, also host the highly visited CIEX 2019, SPS-Industrial Automation Fair and the Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition.
Altogether, there are 14 highest mountains that are more than 8,000 metres high above sea level - collectively, they are referred to as the "eight-thousanders". All of the eight-thousanders are located in Asia's Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges.
Mount Everest ( or otherwise known as Chomolungma or "Goddess Mother of Mountains" to Tibetian natives ) remains the highest of the highest mountains at 8,848m. The first person to climb all 14 eight-thousanders was the Italian Reinhold Messner, who completed this feat on 16 October 1986.
The Henley Passport Index is the ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access visa-free. The creator of this index, Henley & Partners, has analysed the visa regulations of countries in the world since 2006.
Scoring. The score is calculated as the number of countries that a specific passport can access becomes its visa-free
Globally. As of March 2019, the countries with the most powerful passports are Japan, Singapore and South Korea, with their holders capable of visiting 189 countries visa-free. The countries with the least powerful passports are Iraq and Afghanistan, with their holders being able to visit only 30 countries visa-free.
South America. Chile, Argentina and Brazil are the top ranked countries in South America with the most powerful passports, enabling visa-free access to 176 (Chile) and 171 (Argentina, Brazil) countries respectively.
The most limiting passports in South America belong to Bolivia and Suriname, which offer visa-free access to 78 and 79 countries respectively.
Avengers Endgame Spoiler Alert Reminder - this list may contain some spoilers to the movie. Continue with caution
One of the things I notice and feel uneasy is the number of times Thanos needs to sit down in Infinity Wars and Endgame. That's one too many times than any character we have ever seen in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
On one hand, it seems to be a "natural" habit of Thanos, perhaps to sit down whenever he needs to contemplate something. He sat down to contemplate the success of his post-Snap peace vision. He sat down after arriving in 2023 to "wait", perhaps while contemplating Endgame battle strategies. He sat down at the end of the end, contemplating his "i am inevitable" defeat/demise.
On the other hand, our Mad Titan may have knee osteoarthritis, partly due to his heavy bulk and thick armor which adds pressure on the knees (Thanos 2014) and exacerbated by the damage from wielding the Infinity stones in two occasions (Thanos 2018).
Let's recount the times and moments Thanos was caught sitting down: