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Civilization Trivia:

How tall was the tallest human ever recorded?

Hint: It’s not Shaq.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Thanksgiving turkey is out, these Thanksgiving meats are in | The Takeout

“If Christmas is known to some of us as Stressmas (I stole that from The Sopranos), then Thanksgiving can just as easily be called Thanksfornothing. Millions of families pay a ton of money to cook for family and friends who paid a ton of money to fly in, meaning the stakes are generally high. Oh, and the main dining event? A giant roast bird you’re likely to screw up. … For us common folk, I have a simple Thanksgiving Day solution: Ditch the turkey entirely. … There are loads of options out there that don’t even approximate turkey, ones that might even be cheaper and will definitely be more decadent. Here are three great alternative meats for your Thanksgiving feast.”

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Cold weather robot dives under icy great lakes - Videos from The Weather Channel

“A new cold-water robot from NOAA will be able to dive under the frozen Great Lakes to study and gather data on the environment, climate, and even oil spills.”

Earth’s surface is leaking water down to its core | IFLScience

“Within the Earth, there is a thin layer just around the molten metal of the outer core. Its origin has been uncertain for decades, but researchers now believe that the cause of it is to be found right here: It’s the water on the surface that caused that differentiation to take place in the first place. This is difficult to explain by assuming the concentration of a single element dropping there, but it could be explained if a widespread chemical reaction is taking place.”

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This book club finally finished ‘Finnegans Wake.’ It only took them 28 years | NPR

“The novel ‘Finnegans Wake’ by Irish writer James Joyce is known as one of the most difficult to read books ever written. It's so difficult that people have formed clubs all over the world to read it out loud together, and sometimes it takes years. One club founded in Los Angeles took 28 years. They finally finished the book last month, as Anna Scott from member station KCRW reports.”

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The answer: Robert Wadlow at 8’ 11” (272cm)

The answer: Robert Wadlow at 8’ 11” (272cm)

According to Wikipedia: “Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940), also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American man who was the tallest person in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, a small city near St. Louis, Missouri. Wadlow's height was 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) while his weight reached 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood were due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone (HGH).”