01. Fidel Castro- 52 years, 62 days
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party’s foundation in 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration the Republic of Cuba was converted into a one-party socialist state, with industry and business being nationalized under state ownership and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society. On the international stage, he also served as the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1979 to 1983 and 2006 to 2008.
The swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile holds the record of being the largest in the world. At 1,012 meters (3,324 ft) in length and a total area of 8 hectares (19.77 acres), it is larger than 20 Olympic-size pools and six-times bigger than its closest competitor, the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It also holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's deepest swimming pool in the world with the deeper end at 115 feet.
The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back as much as £1billion. It takes a further £2million a year to keep it in working order.
The enormous man-made pool sucks water directly in from the sea using a computer-controlled suction and filtration system. Water is pumped from the ocean into the pool where the sun warms it to 26C - nine degrees higher than the sea. The pool holds 250 million liters (66 million gallons) of water and is navigable in small boats. Its turquoise waters are so crystal clear that you can see the bottom even in the deep end.
Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean, near the Gulf of Aden. Situated some 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, the largest member of the archipelago, also called Socotra, is home to some of the weirdest looking plants that are found nowhere else on the planet. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 825 rare species of plants of which more than a third are endemic. Extremely high levels of endemism also occur in Socotra’s reptiles. 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. The marine life of Socotra is also very diverse, with 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp, and well represented in the property’s marine areas.
Some 250 million years or more ago, when all the planet’s major landmasses were joined and most major life-forms roamed freely from one region to another, Socotra already stood as an island apart. Ever since Socotra has been a breeding ground of birds, plants and animals. The isolation from other land masses meant whatever evolutionary process the flora and fauna underwent never spread to the mainland.
Dragon’s Blood Trees
The natural world surprises us every day and one of the most delicious surprises of them all is the exotic fruit of the warm tropical lands. The large majority of them were, until recently, unknown to so many people and when you look at them, you will not wonder why that was.
Spectacularly shaped by nature to intrigue the eye first and the taste later, these strange looking fruits tend to surprise the person used to see apples and pears.
Some delicate, some strangely sturdy…some of them carrying an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals, the joyfully colored gifts of the tropical nature are ready to impress us.
Here are the most unusual of them.
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Names of places sometimes is meant to convey what the place is like. However, places in this list is not only long, but is hard to pronounce as well. Sounds weird, but they really exist!
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