The internet is full of top 10’s for any topic, useful 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 ? Star Wars, The 1977 hit space movie Star Wars: A New Hope pulled in a remarkable $2,710,800,000 and has had a massive cult following ever since. The movie solidly placed creator and director George Lucas on the map as one of the greatest names in the industry. Star Wars is so popular that it has seen comic books, video and computer games, books and television series created based off of it. This film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7 of them for Art Direction-Set Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing, Music, Sound, Visual Effects and a Special Achievement Award. Star Wars is often thought to be one of the best science fiction films ever created. There have been a total of 6 Star Wars films and Star Wars Episode VII is set to be released sometime in 2015.
One of the Longest Living Animals ? The Turritopsis nutricula is often referred to as the “immortal jellyfish.” Once this species has become sexually mature it is capable of reverting back to the polyp stage and essentially starting its life over. The jellyfish accomplishes this through cell transdifferentiation in which its cells can turn into other types of cells. For example, its muscles can change into eggs or sperm and life regeneration can begin again. Most Turritopsis die when they are eaten by other animals or if they get a disease while in the initial polyp stage. It is unclear how long one of these creatures lives as knowledge of their regenerative capabilities was not discovered until the 1990’s. Additionally, it is hard to monitor them in their natural habitat and the life rejuvenating process is very quick. This makes it nearly impossible to get an accurate estimate of their age. All 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.