DAILY PLANET “Supersize This! Week” features (L-R): Harmony of the Seas:The world biggest cruise ship; giant surfboard measuring 12 metres; supersized conveyor belt system hauling tonnes of sandHighlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Supersize This! Week” include: “Biggest Surfboards” What’s the outcome of combining one aerospace engineer and a sea-side city full of surfing enthusiasts? The world’s largest surfboard! The average board is approximately three-metres long, while this supersized ride measures more than 12 metres in length and can hold 66 surfers at a time. Hang at least 10! “Truck Treadmill” Buses and trucks are about to hit the gym…or at least the treadmill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Michigan is driving 36,000 kilogram vehicles up onto a high- tech treadmill to see just how healthy they are. Housed in a concrete bunker with massive rollers and a giant fan to simulate wind, these trucks are going to be put through an intense work out, all to better understand emissions. “Black Widow” Mechanic Shawn Cormier loves building extreme machines and posting the results on YouTube. He's already mounted a full-scale tank onto a 1940s Ford tow-truck, which he fondly calls his “Tankenstein”. Now Cormier is transforming a 1970s Chevette into a homemade three-wheeler monster trike called the “Black Widow”. More of a rolling piece of art than a performance machine, the bike has already been clocked at 120 km per hour…and that was prior to Cormier installing the brakes! DAILY PLANET follows Cormier’s completion of the brake installation and follows him to a World War II airbase to capture him test-driving his wild new build. “Harmony of the Seas” Royal Caribbean is bringing the world its biggest cruise ship: the 5,497 passenger Harmony of the Seas. When it officially sets sail in Spring 2016, the 16-deck, 226,000 gross tonnage beast will offer thrill-seekers a water park, including the tallest waterslide at sea complete with an unprecedented 100-foot plunge. The ship’s grandeur offerings will also include high-tech ice shows to high-flying acrobatic performances, and even a bar with dancing robotic bartenders. “One Million Tonnes of Sand” Florida’s Broward Beach is undergoing a massive facelift, thanks to one million tonnes of sand currently being distributed to reconstruct its eroding beaches. The sand is coming from the Ortona Sand Mine in LaBelle, Florida, and will be dispersed from three access points along the eight kilometre stretch of beach. At each access site, 120 trucks haul an estimated 2,500 tonnes of sand six days a week. Then, the operators use a supersized conveyor belt system to get the sand from the trucks on the street to the beach.
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