Monday, February 27, 2012

Top 9 Strange Streets in the World

A street is a paved public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. But there are some streets in the world which are really weird. Now, take a look at these 9 weird streets which will make you really amused...

1. Shortest Street in the World - Ebenezer Place ( Scotland )

Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness , Scotland , is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). In 2006 it surpassed the previous record (5.2 m, 17 ft) set by Elgin Street , Bacup, Lancashire . The street has only one address: the front door of No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel. The street originated in 1883, when Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.

2. The Narrowest Street in the World - Spreuerhofstraße ( Germany )

Spreuerhofstraße is the world's narrowest street, found in the city of Reutlingen , Baden-Württemberg , Germany . It ranges from 31 centimetres (12.2 in) at its narrowest to 50 centimetres (19.7 in) at its widest. The lane was built in 1727 during the reconstruction efforts after the area was completely destroyed in the massive city-wide fire of 1726 and is officially listed in the Land-Registry Office as City Street Number 77.

3. World's Most Complicated Interchange - Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, Los Angeles ( USA )

The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange is situated in Los Angeles , CA and is one of the most complicated interchanges in the country. It permits entry and exit in all directions between the I-105 and the I-110. It’s a stack interchange with layers of bridges making a complicated network of roads allowing smooth flow of traffic though both the interstate highways. This interchange was opened in 1993. It is a 4 level interchange with a restricted access lane that can be used by high-occupancy vehicles.

4. World's Most Crooked Street - Lombard St, San Francisco ( USA )

The street is famous for a small section near the top of Russian Hill, between Hyde and Leavenworth streets. Here the hill is so steep (27°) that it would be too dangerous for most vehicles, so between 1922 and 1923 this part of Lombard Street was transformed into a switchback with eight sharp turns. Cars can only drive downhill, east-bound towards Leavenworth Street . The crooked section of the street, which is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h).

5. The Steepest Street in the World - Baldwin Street ( New Zealand )

Baldwin Street in a suburban part of New Zealand 's southern city of Dunedin , is considered the world's steepest residential street. It is located in the suburb of North East Valley , 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) northeast of Dunedin 's city center. A short straight street a little under 350 meters (1,150 ft) long, Baldwin Street runs east from the valley of the Lindsay Creek up the side of Signal Hill towards Opoho, rising from 30 m (98 ft) above sea level at its junction with North Road to 100 m (330 ft) above sea level at the top, an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower reaches are only moderately steep, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches of this cul-de-sac are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete (200 m (660 ft) long), for ease of maintenance and for safety in Dunedin's frosty winters. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is about 1:2.86 (19° or 35%) – that is, for every 2.86 meters traveled horizontally, the elevation rises by 1 meter.

6. Widest Street in the World - 9 De Julio, Buenos Aires ( Argentina )

Buenos Aires, Argentina, features the widest avenue in the world. At over 300 feet wide, 9 de Julio Avenue occupies a gap of an entire block in the city grid, hence its incredible width. Crossing the avenue at street level often requires a few minutes, as all intersections have traffic lights. Under normal walking speed, it takes pedestrians normally two to three green lights to cross its twelve lanes of traffic.

7. Longest Street in the World - Yonge St, Ontario ( Canada )

The Longest Street in the World is Yonge Street (pronounced “young”), referred to as “ Main Street Ontario ”, connects the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto in Canada to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes . Actually, it starts on the Toronto lakeshore and winds its way northwesterly along Highway 11 to Rainy River , Ontario , at the Minnesota border. Yonge Street is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi), and the construction of this street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance.

8. Largest Roundabout in the World - Putrajaya ( Malaysia )

World's Largest Roundabout (Putrajaya - Malaysia ) Putrajaya is in the south of Kuala Lumpur. It is a new political center, the loop length of it is 3.4 km. The roundabout is situated around a beautiful hill and green parks.

9. Most Confusing Roundabout in the World - Magic Roundabout, Swindon ( UK )

The Magic Roundabout in Swindon , England was constructed in 1972 and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. In 2009 it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain , in a poll by Britannia Rescue. To be fair, once understood this intersection is amazingly functional and actually designed to reduce overall congestion. However, it is certainly an urban wonder and highly perplexing to the uninitiated.

World's Biggest Qur'an Unveiled in Afghanistan

The completion of the world's largest Qur'an was hailed as a major achievement for the Afghanistan when it was officially unveiled in the nation's capital. Measuring more than 7ft long and 10ft wide, the text's 218 pages are decorated in 30 different calligraphy designs and took almost five years to finish.

Its inauguration ceremony was held yesterday in front of key religious figures, clerics, scholars and government officials to coincide with the opening of Hakim Nasir Khusraw Balkhi Cultural Center and arts exhibition in Kabul .

The lavish book, with pages measuring 2.28 meters by 1.55 meters, has been certified as the world's largest by the Afghan ministry of Haj and religious affairs, according to the Kabul cultural center that houses it.

The previous claim to the title was for a copy unveiled last year in Russia's Tatarstan region.
The Afghan Qur'an weighs 500kg and its 218 pages of cloth and paper, bound inside an embossed leather cover made from the skins of 21 goats, cost over £300,000 to create.

Mohammad Sabir Khedri, the master calligrapher behind the project, worked with nine students on a design that combines gold script with millions of tiny colorful dots, forming highly symbolic decorations around the giant pages.

"I wanted to use as many tasteful colors as possible to make this holy book look beautiful," he said, standing beside his enormous creation in a room built specially to house it. Khedri not only created the masterpiece, he managed to keep it a secret for over two years. It was finished in 2009, but the binding and room to house it were not ready until the start of 2012, when it was finally unveiled.

World's Biggest Qur'an - Vital Statistics:

Length: 7ft (228cm)

Pages: 218

Time to completion: 5 years

Calligraphy designs: 30

More About The Holy Qur'an:

The Qur'an is the central religious text of Islam and is a record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to Muhammad. Muslims believe it was periodically revealed to Muhammad over the 23 years before his death at the age of 40 in 632AD. It is divided into 114 suras which are classified either as Meccan or Medinan depending upon their place and time of revelation.

Psyche of Self-intrinsic - Photos by Dan Busta

Dan Busta is very talented and creative photographer with a pretty cool portfolio spread over the hard work of 10 years. Almost each photo from his portfolio simulates the psyche of self-intrinsic individuals. His photography has been featured in various famous magazines such as The Chicago Tribune, Daily Bread Inline Skate Magazine, Complex Magazine, Inline Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, and Lotus Magazine.