“My friends in the gym just couldn’t believe how much my arms seem to grow so I began to really focus on getting bigger,” Ismail remembers about his humble beginnings as a bodybuilder. Now this real-life Popeye lifts up to 500 kilograms and has set a new world record for largest biceps. To keep his arms growing, the young Egyptian consumes 3lbs of chicken, 1lb of steak or fish and three protein shakes per day, plus about liters of water. But, he notes that genetics also play an important role – his father, a former wrestler, also had impressive muscle mass.
He is less than a centimeter long and is gripping for all its worth to the tip of a pencil. But don't be fooled by the size of this baby ‘poison dart' frog, its skin is 200 times more toxic than morphine. The frogs, among the most poisonous amphibians on the planet, are found only in the wild on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador, South America. But now dozens of the rare species have been bred at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth, Hampshire. When adult, they turn bright red with three usually greenish fluorescent stripes, but grow to only a centimeter in length.