Saudi King helps world’s heaviest man

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has intervened to help a man who has become one of the heaviest people in the world. The king ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, who weighs 1,345 pounds (610kg) and is unable to move by himself, be transferred (using forklifts, air force jets etc.) to the country’s capital Riyadh to undergo treatment.

According to Guinness World Records, the record weight for a living person is held by Manuel Uribe from Mexico, who weighed 1,235 pounds (560kg) in 2006. After making a television appeal for help, his weight in March 2012 had fallen to 980 pounds.

China unveils world’s largest building

Dubbed as the world’s largest building (or the largest standalone structure by floorspace, to be precise), the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China, has opened its doors to public last month. Photos by 郭红元@Baidu [Cn]…

New Century Global Centre, Chengdu, China

With 1,700,000 square metres of floorspace, the building consists of a large shopping area, and also offices, conference hall, two hotels, entertainment facilities, ice skating rink, a Mediterranean village, and a theme park with an artificial beach.

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First McDonald’s in Moscow 1990

Old video showing the long queue on the opening day (Jan 31, 1990) of the first – and back then the world’s largest – McDonald’s restaurant in former Soviet Union…

The restaurant was operated by McDonald’s Canada instead of the American HQ, probably to avoid the sensitivity issue as the Cold War has just ended.

McDonald’s also opened its first outlet in mainland China in October the same year.

Lydia Ko becomes youngest LGPA winner

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko sets another record as the youngest winner (15 yrs 4 mths) in history of the LPGA Tour after winning the Canadian Open over the weekend, breaking the record of American Lexi Thompson (16 yrs 7 mths).

The Korean-born became the youngest winner of a professional event earlier this year (broken later by Canadian Brooke Henderson), and she’s making another phenomenal leap with this achievement. She’s yet to turn pro though, and according to statement she’s likely to stay amateur until she finishes her high school.