A beautiful rainbow over the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls. An interesting fact about Victoria Falls is that despite being neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 5,604 ft (1,708 m) and height of 354 ft (108 m), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
1 The Rainbow Lorikeet
The Rainbow Lorikeet, (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Several taxa traditionally listed as subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet are increasingly treated as separate species. There is little to visually distinguish between the sexes, however to a keen observer of their coloring and behavior, their dimorphism is readily apparent.
1 Train shot across terrace after failing to brake
The Gare Montparnasse, one of six large Paris railway terminals, became famous on October 22, 1895 for the derailment of the Granville–Paris Express, which overran the buffer stop. The engine careened across almost 30 meters (100 ft.) of the station concourse, crashed through a 60-centimeter (2 ft.) thick wall, shot across a terrace and smashed out of the station, plummeting onto the Place de Rennes 10 meters (33 ft.) below, where it stood on its nose. Two of the 131 passengers sustained injuries, along with the fireman and two conductors. The only fatality was a woman on the street below who was killed by falling masonry. The accident was caused by a faulty Westinghouse brake and the engine driver, who was trying to make up for lost time. A conductor was given a 25-franc fine and the engine driver a 50-franc fine