Making national history as soon as you're born is no easy task. But that's exactly what has happened with baby Jasleen, a girl born in Leipzig, Germany, on July 26. Weighing in at 13.47 lb (6.1 kg), she is the heaviest baby ever born in the country - and delivered without a C-section no less.
For comparison's sake, the heaviest baby ever born weighed 22 lb 8 oz (10.2 kg) to mother Carmelina Fidele of Italy in September 1955.
A nice gift for the new mom and child? Perhaps a gemstone. But maybe not diamonds. It turns out that the price and popularity of colored gems such as rubies and sapphires is outpacing the cache of diamonds. Reasons for this include the popularity of colored gems among celebrities like Penelope Cruz and new mom herself the Duchess of Cambridge. The largest ruby was in fact verified just four years ago, that of Rajiv Golcha. The stone weighs 21,955 g (48 lbs 6.43 oz) and measures 310 x 165 x 140 mm (12.20 x 6.49 x 5.51 in), showcased in India's "Prestige Gems & Jewels Showroom."
Athletes are often portrayed as either incredibly tough or incredibly pampered. This latest incident from the NFL won't do much to help the reputation of the latter. Dallas Cowboys player Barry Church had to miss an offseason practice this week after chipping his tooth on a hard candy. The chip required emergency root canal surgery that sidelined the safety. Keep that man away from the largest candy - a butterscotch sweet weighing 1,600 kg (3,527 lb 6 oz) made by Nindar, in Trodheim, Norway, on 12 August 1997 - or he might miss the entire season.
Lastly, former basketball player Ossie Schectman died Tuesday. The name may not ring a bell, but his most famous accomplishment certainly will. Schectman scored the first points in NBA history, a lay-up for the New York Knickerbockers against the Toronto Huskies in a Nov. 1, 1946, game. Amazingly, video of this basket exists!
Even more amazingly, they scored on the fast break without dribbling once past halfcourt. That's some refreshing basketball.