Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth; it also has thousands of uses. It can be used to make rope, paper, flooring, furniture, scaffolding, houses, bridges, and much much more.
The world fastest unassisted swim across the English Channel is 6 hours and 58 minutes. The distance is approximately 33km (21 miles). Due to the currents, the actual swimming distance is much longer.
Titan Arum (the Corpse flower) in Sumatra is the world's tallest flower, growing up to 10 feet tall (3 meters). It flowers every 10 years and smells like rotten eggs combined with moth balls and rotten meat.