New York's Mysterious Underground
Beneath the bustling streets of New York City lies a world that most folks don-t even realize exists. Power lines, cables, subway tunnels and water all make up part of this subterranean mix. At National Geographic-s New York Underground, you-ll be lowered down into the depths of this urban jungle. Look down the manhole at www.nationalgeographic.com/ features/ 97/ nyunderground and take a multimedia tour through a maze of secret passages, forgotten pipelines and age-old geology. With audio clips and animation, you'll uncover the many myths and legends here. Did you know that a 125-pound alligator was once pulled from a New York sewer? And don't forget to drop in on Tunnel No. 3- 70 stories below daylight. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Bigger is Better If bigger is better, then Robert Pershing Wadlow was the best human being to ever walk the face of the Earth. At a height of 8 feet, 11 inches, the Alton, Ill., native is known as the tallest person in history. Wadlow passed away in 1940, but his spirit and stature loom over the Internet at the Alton Museum of History and Art. Bring a stepladder out to www.altonweb.com/ history/ wadlow and gaze into the eyes of the "Gentle Giant." Find out why he was an inspiration to all those who knew him.

Picture This
Set your focus on http://photography.nationalgeographic.com where the work of the world's most famous photography is collected for your use. For generations, National Geographic has been teaching us about amazing cultures, religions, and events all over the world. If you're a junior shutterbug, you'll especially like the Camera Bag, where experts help you become a world-class photographer, too. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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