Top 10’s for everything, helpful when looking for info. One of the Most Famous Streets in the U.S. ? Lombard Street is unique because the street itself is the actual attraction. It is famous because of its one block section between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets that has eight very sharp hairpin turns. Lombard Street is known as the “crookedest” street in the world. It was constructed in 1922 and it was designed this way in order to allow cars and pedestrians to safely travel down Russian Hill since it has a 27% grade. Additionally, such a road would was deemed to be too hazardous for pedestrians, especially those in wheelchairs. Although this road meanders through a residential area, after taking an unforgettable car ride down Russian Hill there are still plenty of other tourist attractions to enjoy in the immediate vicinity.
One of the Highest Grossing Movies of All Time ? Jaws, Jaws-MovieJaws was a 1975 summer blockbuster based on Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws. The movie made $1,945,100,000. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and the story centers on a massive man-eating great white shark that kills swimmers who go in the waters of Amity Island. Eventually a police chief (Roy Scheider), marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and shark hunter (Robert Shaw) join forces to try and kill the menacing shark that is terrorizing the local waters. The film is notorious for its ominous music that warns of the shark’s presence. Jaws won 3 Academy Awards for Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. John William’s music in the movie also won an additional Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award.
One of the Longest Living Animals ? The hydra is a tiny freshwater polyp that is related to coral, sea anemones and the jellyfish. Similar to the Turritpsis nutricula jellyfish, the hydra has regenerative powers. Every time you cut one of these tiny creatures apart, each piece quickly develops into a new hydra. Hydras do not appear to age at all. Their bodies are tubular in shape and have a mouth on one end that has poisonous tentacles. The hydra uses its tentacles to paralyze insects and crustaceans after which it consumes them. They only grow to be a little less than an inch long; however, they can consume prey that is up to twice their size. These strange creatures move around by utilizing a cup-like foot or pulling themselves along with their tentacles and then “somersaulting.” Many top 10’s on UtopTens.
One of the Tallest Mountains in the World ? Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and stands at about 26,906 feet (8,201meters) high. Like most of the other Himalayan Mountains, it lies between Nepal and China (Tibet). Its name in Tibetan means “Turquoise Goddess”. It was used as a warm up for climbing Mount Everest when people were first exploring the Himalayan Mountains and today it is considered the easiest of al of the “eight-thousander” mountains to climb.