Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

The Tuesday Turnip is back! We gave it a BIG break to give the Internet time to catch up with us, which it has, which means all new interesting searches on Tuesdays! In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up."

As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today I typed "the longest ever" into Google, unearthing the following:

Turnip #1 North American scientists have discovered the longest bird penis ever - a 42.5cm organ belonging to a duck. Dr Kevin McCracken of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and colleagues, report in this week's Nature that they have found a specimen of the Argentine lake duck (Oxyura vittata) that has a penis as long as its body - nearly half a metre long.

Turnip #2 Sumatra quake longest ever recorded - "Normally, a small earthquake might last less than a second; a moderate sized earthquake might last a few seconds. This earthquake lasted between 500 and 600 seconds," said Charles Ammon, associate professor of geosciences at Penn State University..

Turnip #3 Federer wins longest ever Grand Slam final - In one of the most heart-stopping and unforgettable finals seen in a grand slam arena, Federer held his nerve for four hours and 16 astonishing minutes before finally subduing Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 to claim the trophy he cherishes above all for the sixth time.

Turnip #4 What was the longest ever life span for a human? According to the Bible, it was Methuselah at 969 years. But Jeanne Calment lived to be 122 (1875-1997) which is the longest recorded human life

Turnip #5 At an astounding 7 minutes, 11 seconds, The Beatles "Hey Jude" was the longest duration song to ever reach number 1 in Britain.

Turnip #6 THE LONGEST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN - That would be Madeleine de Scudery's Artamene, published in the 17th century in 10 volumes with approximately 2.1 million words (using todays 250 word per page standard, Artamene would then consist of approximately 8,400 pages). Artamene is available online at Artamene.org if you are interested in downloading more than 8,000 pages"¦available in French only.

Turnip #7 The longest crocodile ever measured was one caught off the coast of Australia in a fishing net. It measured in at 20.3 feet.

Turnip #8 What is the longest ever successful field goal in football? - It is Tom Dempsey for New Orleans in 1970 and Jason Elam for Denver in 1998. Elam tied Dempsey's record (63 yards) that stood for almost 30 years.