It's been a while since Neatorama's last co-blogging post, so it was a pleasant surprise when Hanan of the always neat grow-a-brain blog suggested that we do another one, with the topic of: the world's smallest.
Also check out the very first co-blogging Neatorama ever did (also with grow-a-brain): Crime and Punishment. Thanks Hanan!
World's Smallest Teddy Bears
To make these tiny beauties, she had to weave the thread, stitch the bears' bodies, arms, and legs, turn them inside out, stuff them, and then stitch them all together before embroidering the details!
World's Smallest Man
Meet the world's smallest man: Nelson de la Rosa [wiki]. He's just 54 centimeters (about 1 3/4 feet) tall!
|World's Smallest School
This world's smallest elementary school in China only has one teacher and one student!
|World's Smallest Baby to Survive
Rumaisa, the world's smallest baby to survive weighed only 244 grams (8.6 ounces) - less than a can of soda - when she was delivered by caesarean section after just 26 weeks of pregnancy.
World's Smallest & Most Wondrous Works of Art
Wigan [wiki] uses rice and grains of sand and sugar for his sculptures. His artwork are so small that he has to work between heartbeats to avoid hand tremors!
|World's Smallest Website
The self-proclaimed world's smallest website is only 18 by 18 pixels!
You can also make your very own teeny tiny pancake (with a dubious method, no less!)
|World's Smallest Violin
Eric Meissner made not just one, but two of the world's smallest functional violins (the smallest one is 1 5/8" or 4.1 cm long).
The title, however, is contested: two other fish, the 7 mm long male stout infantfish (Schindleria brevipinguis) and the 6.2 mm long male anglerfish (Photocorynus spiniceps) said that they should've been the world's smallest fish.
World's Smallest Brewery
World's Smallest Living Organism
Once Baker had found gene segments (ribosomal RNA) from three Archaea, he was able to fish the microbes out of the slime soup and found that they were extremely small, around 200 nanometers in diameter, the size of large viruses. Bacteria average about five times this diameter.
World's Smallest Cat
The cute cat fits perfectly in a regular 8 oz glass!
World's Smallest Dog
OK, so how about the world's smallest dog? Meet Ducky from Charlton, Massachusetts, the who holds the current title of the world's smallest dog. He's just 1.4 pound and 4.9 inches tall!
World's Smallest Cattle
The world's smallest cattle is a rare breed of an Indian zebu called the Vechur cow. The average height of this breed of cattle is 31 to 35 inches (81 to 91 cm). The photo above shows a 16 year old Vechur cattle as compared to a 6 year old HF cross-breed cow.
Photo: Duckweed Pictures
World's Smallest Flowering Plant and Seed
The fruit of Wolffia augusta is about 0.2 mm (1/100th on an inch) long and weighs about 70 microgram - it is smaller than a single grain of salt!
Image: Cosmic Variance
World's Smallest Distance Unit
But why is it important? Turns out, it is a physical unit of measurement that can be defined exclusively in terms of five universal physical constants (often referred to by physicists as "God's units").
At this scale, it is thought that gravity and space-time cease to exist and quantum effects dominate.
|World's Smallest Robotic Hand
Made by Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin "CJ" Kim of UCLA, the world's smallest robotic hand can make a fist to grasp objects smaller than 1 mm across!
|World's Smallest Movie Theater
The world's smallest public movie theater is this 770 square feet (72 m²) Cinema dei Piccoli [website in Italian] in Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy. It has 63 seats and has been in operation for over 70 years!
|World's Smallest Guitar
Dustin Carr and Harold Craighead of Cornell University's Nanofabrication Facility created the Nano-guitar - it's only 10 micrometers long (about the size of a single cell). The guitar strings are each about 50 nanometers or 100 atoms wide!
World's Smallest Horse
The little horse was born to Paul and Kay Goessling, who specialize in breeding miniature horses, but even for the breed Thumbelina is particularly small: she is thought to be a dwarf-version of the breed!
But apparently her small size didn't hamper her attitude:
But despite this massive difference in size, it is feisty Thumbelina who rules the roost over the stallions and racehorses on her 150-acre farm. (Source: Daily Mail)
World's Smallest Car
The wheels are made from buckyballs at 60 atoms apiece. The "car" has a chassis, axles, and even a pivoting suspension!
|World's Smallest Linux Computer
The Picotux 100 is only slightly larger than an RJ45 connector!
World's Smallest Church
Cross Island Chapel, "The World's Smallest Church," sits on a wooden platform in the center of a pond. A billboard near the road details everything you need to know: "Built in 1989. Floor area 51 inches by 81 inches (28.68 square feet). Seats two people. Non-denominational. Dedicated as a witness to God." Years ago we read a newspaper account of a wedding held at Cross Island Chapel, with only room to accommodate the minister, bride and groom. The rest of the wedding partyanchored nearby in small boats. Guests on shore imagined how the vows went.
It's open to the public on request, and accessible only by boat.
World's Smallest Toilet
And finally, world's smallest toilet, winner of Most Bizarre (how appropriate) micrograph contest.