World’s Largest Rhubarb Leaf

A giant rhubarb leaf grown in Abbotsbury, Dorset could be a record breaker after its diameter stretched to a whopping 11ft. The giant vegetable was grown at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and is big enough for curator Steve Griffiths to hide under. Some speculate that the unusually wet summer in the UK helped the plant to grow larger than it usually would. Mr Griffiths said: ‘The damp cool summer we had has produced some enormous leaves, including this one that measures 3.3m across and could be a record breaker. ‘I don’t expect there are any as big in this country. It is quite an old, established plant so its leaves are bigger than other younger plants. But this year it has been exceptional.” w/ photo

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$19,000 Gold Shoelaces

“From the Olsen Twins’ $39,000 backpack to Neiman Marcus’s $75,000 yurt, there is seemingly no end to lavish versions of everyday items on offer. But a new company selling shoelaces made from 24 carat gold may just be the most extreme yet. The luxury ties, which are made using ‘ancient, artisan jewellery techniques’ cost a bank-breaking $19,000. While they may not come with equally fancy footwear, each set comes with security-guarded delivery, as well as someone to lace them into your shoes for you.” w/ photos

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Farting Fish?

“Flatulence might be rude to us humans, but for herring, it’s a survival strategy. Herring have a secret, and funny, way of communicating with each other — by farting. They just have to hope neighboring predators aren’t listening in.” — NatGeo

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Top 10 Rules & Laws Nobody Obeys

“Advocates of civil disobedience believe it’s OK to disobey an unjust law. And everybody disobeys those silly small-town laws that prohibit things like training lions to ride unicycles on Sunday. This is OK, because what else are you gonna do on a Sunday? Read? Then there are laws and rules, on the books basically everywhere, not cruel and evil enough to justify a mass protest, but are barely followed or enforced by anybody unless there is absolutely no other choice. Society needs these rules and laws, simply to say we have them. Because if not? Anarchy… Here are the top 10 rules & laws nobody obeys.” w/ photos

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