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World’s Largest Globes (two ways)!

What passes for excitement in these parts is seeing not one, but TWO “world’s largests” in one day. In September, we went to the world’s largest DIY Festival, the World Maker Faire, held at the New York Science Center in Queens. It was A. MAZING. But this post is about globes.

On the walk from the parking lot to the main gate, we stopped by the world’s largest globe. The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was built for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair as a symbol of world peace. It is 140 feet high (that’s 12 stories) and 120 feet in diameter. Made of stainless steel, it weighs 900,000 pounds! It is stationery. It is beautiful.

Unispehere

Wearing our goofball T-shirts in front of the Unisphere

Of course, we’ve also seen another BIG globe, specifically, the world’s largest rotating globe, at the DeLorme headquarters in Yarmouth, ME.

Globe

This shot was taken from the third floor balcony!

“Eartha,” which measures 41.5 ft in diameter, is a three-dimensional scale model of the earth with mountains and landforms in full 3D, rotating and revolving to simulate the earth’s real movements. Eartha tilts at 23.5 degrees, just as the earth does, and revolves on a specially-designed cantilever arm, while you’re standing still, you’ll see the world pass before your eyes.

SO, let’s re-cap. Not only has the “Go BIG” family seen two world’s largests on the same day, we’ve seen two world’s largest in the same category!

Please contain your excitement. I can barely stand it myself.

Eartha

Again with the shirts.

We’ve shared this post on Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.

9 comments

  1. Victoria said,
    January 20, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Those are very big globes!

  2. Sonja said,
    January 20, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    You are hilarious. I love your travel mission. =)

  3. Lisa said,
    January 20, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    That is pretty cool! And I can’t believe that you get your entire family to wear matching t-shirts – mine would never in a million gazillion years do that for me! :)

  4. Steve said,
    January 20, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    The globes are impressive, but what I really love is that your son has bypassed any of those sissy fountain drinks and moved on to just carrying a two litre Coke-Zero around with him. That’s how you stay hydrated!

    • Traci Suppa said,
      January 20, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      What eagle eyes you have! Actually, that was his “souvenir” from the World Maker Faire. We watched a show where they set up hundreds of soda bottles in formation, then dropped Mentos into them all at the same time to ignite 30-ft tall geysers. You can imagine how impressive this would be to an 11-yr old boy!

  5. Jessica said,
    January 21, 2012 @ 1:02 am

    Love the shirts!

  6. January 25, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    That looks like so much fun! My kids love maps/globes (me too)