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From jaw-dropping design to wow-inducing technological wizardry, the 2012 World’s Expo in Yeosu, Korea, is brimming with inspiration for exhibit and event professionals. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 microsite features everything from Expo-related news and FAQs to historic World’s Expo highlights and video footage direct from Yeosu. This site also plays host to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 Awards, honoring the best the world (well, the World’s Expo, at least) has to offer.
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The Big Guns
 
Supplying arms to the world’s governments for nearly four centuries, Friedrich Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp had so much weaponry to display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago, that the Essen, Germany-based company needed its own building to house them. Built at a cost of $1.5 million (about $36 million in today’s currency), the Krupp Gun Pavilion’s star attraction was The Thunderer, shown above. The world’s biggest gun, the 47-foot-long, 124-ton cannon lobbed 2,300-pound shells 15 miles, and would soon go from mesmerizing attendees to massacring armies.
 
Photo: paul v. galvin library at the illinois institute of technology

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