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First News - World's smallest newspaper

FirstNews, a children's publication (London, England), has hit the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's smallest newspaper. Though you may need to have a magnifying glass ready before attempting to read the paper. The smallest newspaper was launched by editorial director Piers Morgan, Its aims 7-14 years old readers. The size of the paper is 32 x 22 mm (1.25 x 0.86 in).

Walter Cavanagh owns 1,497 valid credit cards

Walter Cavanagh has 1,497 valid credit cards, all of which amount to a $1.7 million line of credit. Currently, he holds the record for the most credit cards and for the world's longest wallet, which stretches 250 feet, weighs about 38 pounds and can hold 800 cards. But he keeps most of them in bank safe-deposit boxes.

The "Guinness Book of World Records" gave him the title "Mr. Plastic Fantastic" and he has been in the book every year since 1971.

Biggest collection traffic cones

David Morgan from Burford, England has the biggest collection traffic cones. David, began collecting traffic cones in 1986. He now owns a traffic cone from more than two thirds of all the types of cone ever made. He set the Guinness World Record with 137 different traffic cones. Since then his collection amassed to more than 550 different cones.

David finds traffic cones shapes, models and sizes very interesting. Wherever he goes, he collects traffic cones. He stores his cone collection in a lock up with no harmful UV light to break down the plastic cones. In fact he is a sales director of a plastics factory which is the world's largest producer of the cones, so David is often dubbed "cone man".

Monowi, Nebraska - One women town

Monowi is a village in Nebraska, United States, whose only remaining resident is a 77-year old woman named Elsie Eiler. Eiler lives in a mobile home a half-block from the only business left in Monowi, a dark, wood-paneled tavern, thick with smoke which Eiler runs. She also runs the town library, a tiny building jammed with 5,000 books left behind by her late husband who was a devoted reader. Elise is also the mayor of Monowi.

Monowi's peak years were in the 1930s, when it had a population of 130. Monowi, like many other small communities in the Great Plains, lost its younger residents to cities that were experiencing growth and offering better jobs. During the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2 - only one married couple, Rudy and Elsie Eiler. Mr. Eiler died in 2004, leaving his wife Elsie Eiler as the only remaining resident.

Eiler's life as its mayor and sole resident is surreal. Once a year she raises taxes from herself to keep the four street lights on and a few other basic amenities going. She runs the town's only business, the Monowi Tavern, and lives in the only remaining habitable building. She grants her own liquor licence and elects herself mayor. Her customers come off the highway that runs through Monowi or from nearby towns.

This town is an extreme example of what has happened across America's heartland. The depopulation of the countryside over the last 50 years has been called the largest migration in American history. Nowhere is that more starkly illustrated than on the Great Plains, which includes Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. | Site Maintained by Shyam Srinivas | Admin Login
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