WORLD'S LARGEST GLOBE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What is the world's largest globe?
What would you say if the world fell apart? Well
truthfully, probably not a lot. But what if it was reconstructed in just nine
years? You’d probably have a lot to say then! But that’s just what happened to
the world’s largest globe.
The world’s largest globe is the Babson World Globe
and it sits in Wellesley, Massachusetts on the campus of Babson College. The
Babson Globe was constructed in 1955, is 28 feet wide, and weighs 25 tons. And
not only do these measurements qualify it as the world’s largest globe, but is
also rotates! Which doesn’t add to the title at all, but is still pretty cool!
The globe was covered with tiles of steel that had been baked. These gave
texture to the globe for mountainous areas and other topographical information.
These tiles also clearly and accurately defined all the different countries in
the world, as well as the major oceans, lakes, and rivers. It was in 1984 that
all of the tiles had fallen off the globe. For the next nine years, the globe
didn’t look like anything except a giant metallic ball that had been rusted
terribly. However, in 1993 all of the tiles were restored and you can still go
and pick out any place on the globe today. That is, if you want to travel to
Wellesley. But perhaps when you get there, the globe may not actually be the
most interesting thing you see.
Walk just behind the globe and you’ll see this
strange marker that reads, “This monument has been erected by the Gravity
Research Foundation. It is to remind students of the blessings forthcoming when
a semi-insulator is discovered in order to harness gravity as a free power and
reduce airplane accidents.”
The Babson World Globe