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.
Wooden roller coasters are as safe as their steel brethren but they offer an extra bit of excitement to roller coaster enthusiasts that you may not find in a steel roller coaster. The wooden ones sway a lot more and sound and feel more rickety, adding much to the riding anxiety.
The Beast of Kings Island Park at Ohio, United States, has the longest wooden roller coaster track in the world. The Beast is 2,243 meters long and stands 34 meters tall. The track stretches over two hills. contributing to a riding duration of more than four minutes.
At second, is The Voyage of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Indiana, United States with a track length of 1,964 meters and a maximum height of 53 meters.
In third place, is T Express of Eveland Park at Yongin, South Korea. Built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin on a hillside, T Express stretches 1,641 meters in length and rises up to 56 meters in height.
Tallest Roman Catholic Churches in South America. At 124 meters, the Cathedral of Maringá stands the tallest in South America. It was completed in 1972 and its modernist, conical shape was designed by architect José Augusto Bellucci based on the inspiration from the Soviet sputnik satellites.
At second with 115 meters, is the Basílica del Voto Nacional located in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. The basilica was blessed by Pope John Paul II on January 30, 1985, and it was consecrated and inaugurated on July 12, 1988.
At 113 meters, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, Manizales, or Manizales Cathedral ranks third tallest in South America.
The structural volume of a dam is the total space occupied by the materials forming the dam structure computed between abutments and from top to bottom of dam. The abutment refers to the part of the valley side against which the dam is constructed.
The Tarbela Dam of Pakistan is the world's largest dam by structural volume at a volume of 153 million m3. The Fort Peck Dam of Montana USA, built in 1940 and one of the oldest major dams, is the second largest by structural volume at 96 million m3.
Another fascinating artifact made obsolete by advances in ship electronics and radar. But nevertheless, lighthouses are an iconic reminder of the marine history of human civilization. Standing the tallest at 133m, Jeddah Light is an active lighthouse in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
At second tallest (107m), is Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, which commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that took place near Ohio's South Bass Island, in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812. At 106m, the Yokohama Marine Tower looms third and over Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan.
The top 50 busiest airports in North America processed a total of 1.5 billion passengers in 2017.
Handling the lion's share of this traffic at 104 million passengers, is the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta airport has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998. This milestone can be attributed to Atlanta's location as a major connecting hub and port of entry into North America. In fact, Atlanta is well situated within a two-hour flight radius of 80% of the United States population of around 330 million.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest and busiest airport by passenger traffic in Canada, handling 47.1 million passengers in 2017. In 2018, the Airports Council International (ACI), the global organization representing the world's airports, awarded the Toronto Pearson International Airport the title of Best Large Airport and the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award.
Started in 1947, the Hannover Messegelande has been extensively rebuilt to be the largest exhibition centers in the world, offering close to 496,000 m² (5.3 million sq.ft.) of covered indoor space. Today, it is home to some of the largest events in the world and Europe - CeBIT and Hannover Messe.
At second spot and also from Germany, is another gigantic exhibition venue, Frankfurt Main Messegelande which offers 367,000 m² of indoor space. In 2017, Frankfurt Main Messegelande set a new record for hosting about 95,000 exhibitors and 4.3 million visitors .
Third largest in Europe is Fiera Milano of Milan, Italy. Fiera Milano offers 345,000 m² of indoor space and hosts about seventy shows (of which about one third directly organized) and 30,000 exhibitors every year
If Dubai owns the crown of tallest hotels in the Middle East, then China takes the crown in Asia, claiming five out of Asia's ten tallest hotels.
At 343m, the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur stands as the third tallest hotel in the world, after the Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower or Gevora Hotel and JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur opened officially on 1 July 2018, just 5 months after the Gevora Hotel which opened on Feb 2018.
The second tallest hotel, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, in Asia is a familiar and prominent sighting in the horizons of Bangkok, Thailand, since 1997. Wuxi Maoye City – Marriott Hotel claims third spot in Asia and currently leads the pack of the tallest hotels in China.
The Tallest Residences in Hong Kong. The Cullinan residences are the tallest residential buildings in Hong Kong, with both the Cullinan North and South Tower standing at 270 meters tall and 68 floors. The Cullinan is named after the 3,106 carat Cullinan Diamond found in 1905 - the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found. Located in Hong Kong's Union Square, this prime waterfront residence offers panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour.
At a close second at 261 meters tall, is the Masterpiece, a residential building located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It also houses the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong hotel, which occupy levels 3 to 24.
At third, is the Sorrento which is located in proximity to the Cullinan residences in Union Square. Its tallest tower, Sorrento 1, stands at 256 meters tall with 75 floors.
We continue to track the tallest and most luxurious hotels - this time, in the Middle East. Dubai continues to dominate the field with her slate of eight tallest hotels among the top ten in the Middle East.
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a land area of 4,114 sq km and sees about 16 million tourists annually (targeting to hit 20 million tourists by 2020). While Dubai's hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world in 2014 (after Geneva), its average hotel occupancy held steady at a solid 86-88% rate. This certainly bodes good returns on investments for the tallest hotels of Dubai!