Victor Hugo's Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.

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Karen Roman grew the world's largest cauliflower. It weighed 22 pounds.

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Lang Martin balanced seven golf balls vertically without adhesive at Charlotte, NC on 9 February 1980.

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The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith. It began in January 1981 and continued until September 1983. It lasted for 978 days, and 4,687,514 gesundheits.

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The world's biggest trap (called a bunker in Europe) is Hell's Half Acre on the 535 m 585 yd seventh hole of the Pine Valley course, Clementon, NJ, built in 1912 and generally regarded as the world's most trying course.

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The first skyscraper in the United States was built in Chicago.

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The highest wind velocity ever recorded in the United States was 231 miles per hour, on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, in 1934.

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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.

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France had the first supermarket in the world. It was started by relatives of the people who started the Texas Big Bear supermarket chain.

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

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