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In Muddy, Illinois, the post office measures only 7 by 10 feet, about the size of a garden shed. If it wasn't for a sign hanging above the door stating, "U.S. Post Office, Muddy, IL., 62965," finding the tiny, wooden building could be difficult. It is believed to be one of the smallest post offices in the United States.

Zaire is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.

The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth - about half an inch a year — is caused by the pressure exerted by two of the earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate) pushing against one another.

The biggest hog ever recorded was a creature named Big Boy who weighed in at 1, 904 pounds.

Belgian driver Jenatzy was the first to reach a speed of over 100km/h in his electrically powered car 'La Jamais Contente' in 1899.

Never mind what you saw in the film "The Poseidon Adventure." The biggest wave on record, reported by a reliable source, was estimated to have attained a height of 112 feet. It was measured, at some distance, I hope, by a tanker traveling between Manila and San Diego in 1933. The wind was blowing at 70 mph at the time.

On December 15, 1998, the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie, Illinois attempted to set the inaugural world's record for largest number of dreidels to be spun at one time. At least 200 people were needed to set the record.

The shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the largest water clock in North America.

Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.

The Bible is the number one shoplifted book in America.

The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, USSR, in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny and Goniusch after 30 hours.

Did you know that the beam of light shining from the top of the Luxor hotel is the most powerful in the world. The equivalent of 40 billion candle power, the beam is visible to airplanes from a distance of 250 miles.

On March 16, 1970, a bidder at Sotheby & Company in London paid $20,000 for one glass paperweight.

Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

At the turn of the last millennium, Dublin Ireland had the largest slave market in the world, run by the Vikings.

The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is 1,149 feet tall, making it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

The Rogun Dam is the world's highest. The only problem is that it's located in Vakhsh, Tajikistan. Even downtown Vakhsh is off the beaten tourist path.

The Pentagon is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. It is one of the world's largest office buildings.

The smallest volcano in the world is Taal.

The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.

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