- A mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania was started in 1962 and continues to burn beneath the soil, turning the once heavily populated city into a ghost town.
- Asgabat, Turkmenistan is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having more white marble on its buildings than any other city in the world.
- The crater was named, “The Door to Hell” by locals, referring to the endless flames and boiling mud that can be found inside. The flames generate a golden glow, which can be seen for miles around Derweze, a village with a population of about 350.
- The Soviet Union dissolved on Christmas day in 1991. By then, 14 out of 15 Soviet republics had seceded from the USSR, prompting Russia’s president Gorbachev to resign.
- In 2007, the European Space Agency deliberately launched microorganisms on a Foton-M3 spacecraft and exposed them to the harsh vacuum of space. The life forms survived.
- The hottest temperature a living organism can survive for two hours at 130 degrees Celsius (266 degrees Fahrenheit). This microbe is unofficially called Strain 121 and was discovered in the ocean’s depths in 2003.
July 08, 2014