Size can expand from beyond microscopic to encompassing the entire universe and everything in between. What may be large to some organisms may seem small to others. For humans, small can be anything from the cells we can’t see with our naked eye to the miniature versions of larger things that we create with our own hands. So, we have compiled a list that encompasses all of these definitions of small. Here are the Smallest Things You Won’t Believe Actually Exist.
1 Smallest things
Across the world, many humans suffer from dwarfism which is a condition that leads to stunted growth resulting in fully grown human beings having a height much less than normal. While dwarfism also leads to many other complications, the most noticeable effect is the short height. The smallest man in the world also has this condition and measures only 1 foot, 7 inches tall. Chandra Bahadur Dangi, of Nepal, currently holds the record of being the smallest man alive.
2 Personal Computer
Speaking of which, Norway’s FXI technologies has brought to market a personal microcomputer, in the truest sense of the word. That machine in the image is not a USB drive; in fact, there is a micro USB port on that machine. It is the FXI Cotton Candy, and it’s a fully functional PC capable of running Android or Ubuntu operating systems.
Specifications? Absolutely: a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM main processor and a 1 GHz quad-core ARM graphics processor, with 1 GB of RAM memory and a micro SD card slot capable of supporting up to 64 GB of storage. FXI will load it for you with either operating system, and it also packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and full 1080p HD video output.
A keyboard/mouse combo can easily be connected to its micro USB port, and it’s easy to connect to any standard HD display. The price? According to the company website, the price is $200. The video link shows one of these computers running Android and flawlessly playing a full HD video file. Since we literally have cheap, reasonably powerful personal computers smaller than our thumbs, we’re thinking it’s now safe to refer to the era in which we’re living as “the future.”
In 2011, researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute introduced a new kind of disposable camera. While this in itself may not sound particularly impressive, its medical application—capturing images inside the body—is very valuable, and it can do this because of its freakish size. These easy-to-manufacture, inexpensive disposable cameras are one cubic millimeter or about the size of a coarse grain of salt.
The cameras are meant to be disposed of after one medical procedure, and while their resolution doesn’t seem spectacular (0.06 megapixels—far less than even a cheap cell phone), it’s good enough for the job they were designed for. And their size makes them able to get to places within the body that, obviously, no other camera could. (Yes, that’s a syringe in the picture above.)
Also, they could be an effective replacement for standard endoscopes, which are expensive and costly to maintain. It seems a matter of time, as well, before we start hearing about the applications of such tiny image sensors in consumer products. It also seems likely, judging by the last decade or two of explosive technological leaps, that the resolution will improve dramatically, and soon.
First manufactured from 1962 to 1965, the Peel P50 Microcar gained renewed attention after 6’5″ Jeremy Clarkson took one for a drive on a 2008 episode of the popular British TV series Top Gear. The smallest production car ever was sold in Great Britain for about £200; its 49cc engine was mated to a three-speed manual transmission (no reverse), and it also had three wheels. Other than that, they had one of everything: one seat, one door, one windshield wiper, and one headlight.
In its original run, only about 50 were made. Thanks to renewed interest in minis (not to mention the exposure on Top Gear), the company has been revived after a slight hiatus of 50 years. The new Peels are almost exact replicas and come in gas or electric. The P50 now tops out at 72 kilometers per hour (45 mph), as opposed to about 56 kph (35 mph) for the original, with the slightly larger two-headlight Trident model managing about 69 kph (43 mph). The P50 is 137 centimeters (54 in) long—less than 1.6 meters (5.5 ft).
We know what you’re thinking: What kind of mileage do they get? The gas model P50 delivers better than 241 kilometers (150 mi) to the gallon, with the Trident getting a whopping 338 pkg (210 mpg)—which sounds great until you consider that the gas tank must have roughly the capacity of your average lawnmower. Strangely, the company website doesn’t mention gas tank capacity.
5 Model Train Set
The little countryside diorama seen above is impressive enough in its incredibly small scale, but look closely— there’s a train track, and a five-car train runs around and around on it. It’s the world’s tiniest model train, and it was built by New Jersey model train enthusiast David Smith for about $12.
It’s part of a larger, very post-modern project—another large train set, which is an entire model village that contains . . . a model of a model shop, with smaller models inside. This little thing is powered by a five-centimeter (two inches) motor carved out of plastic. In fact, all of the parts were carved out of plastic by hand—the hand that is holding the finished work in the picture above, which just doesn’t seem possible.
Smith says that the entire larger project, which he calls “James River Branch,” will take him two and a half years to complete, and “is going to be very impressive once it is finished,” demonstrating a consistent gift for understatement. In terms of scale, the larger village is being built to 1:220. This little model train, the smallest anywhere, is built to 1:35,200 scale.
According to the company website, the Swiss MiniGun is “a double action revolver and has all the same features as are found on a real size gun.” As the name implies, the gun and its components are Swiss-made, which kind of makes sense—a country famous for the quality of its clocks and watches should have no trouble with a working pistol the size of a thumb drive.
The six-shot revolver fires 2.3-caliber, 1.97-grain bullets, which are made by the same company, and even produces a tiny little kick as it shoots these tiny little bullets at a muzzle velocity of around 400 feet per second—right around the same as your average child’s BB gun and capable of doing about the same amount of damage.
Of course, there are still those who are up in arms, so to speak, about the alleged weapon’s potential concealability, which we suppose is a valid argument. Even the slowest, smallest projectile can injure or kill if placed properly, and despite the fact that it looks almost exactly like a key chain, the Swiss MiniGun is, in fact, a gun—the smallest in the world.
Meet Microdave, a miniature horse who, at only 18 inches tall, is the smallest horse in the world.
8 Smallest teapot
Wu Ruishen, a Chinese master potter, has made a very small teapot weighing only 1.4 grams. The teapot is claimed to be the world’s smallest teapot.
9 Small prison
Found on the Channel Islands, Sark Prison was constructed in 1856 and had room for two prisoners which occasionally made for some very crowded conditions.
10 Smallest fish
11 Smallest jet airplane
This is the smallest jet airplane in the world. It was developed and designed by plane designer Jim Bede. The craft, the Bede BD-5J, weighs only 350 pounds.
12 A hand full of soda cans
In recent years, leading pop brands have started selling pop cans that are slimmer and smaller. Of course, we think they’re adorable to look at and decide to buy them anyway. Plus, these cans can fit just about anywhere, allowing you to take them to work for lunch. Though we never realized just how small soda can get. Those are the smallest pop cans ever! Do they even have calories?
13 VERY VERY LIGHT READING
Flipping through a newspaper or a magazine can kill time. Whether we're waiting for our appointment at a doctor's office or a car repair shop, reading something keeps the boredom away. Most people prefer to read large, leafy newspapers, but this person has taken things down a notch. In their finger lies tiny newsprint, the same one from the original that's sitting off in the background. Talk about light reading!
14 Playing Chess Set Just Got Harder
Chess is a game of strategy. It’s all about predicting the next move of your opponent and knowing when to strike at the right moment. Playing on a regular size chest board is hard, but the stakes are higher when we’re on a smaller playing field. Just so we know how small the board really is, the owner has put two coins on either side of it. Good luck playing with those tiny chest pieces, if you can even pick them up.
15 The tiny saw
Usually used for basic home renovations, circular saws are in every handyman’s toolbox. Be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses if you use one because wood dust tends to fly everywhere. Most importantly, always keep your hands away from the saw blade. Of course, we’re referring to a regular hand-held saw. This little guy might give you a paper-cut. Though it has the appearance of a toy, this saw is an actual functional handy tool. We’re not sure how it would hold up against a block of wood, but it sure is cute.