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Bigger than a boy, heavier than a fatty.
Even though I had lost some weight, still the only one on a flight.
I do split, I do combine, and I split for a greater one.
On a icy island I was lit, yet no human got a hit.
For a phone call you couldn't hold, as I traveled throughout the world.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ Surely Amazon's cloud is the biggest; it spans the whole planet. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Sep 27 '16 at 18:21
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The answer is

Tsar Bomba, a Soviet nuclear bomb and the most powerful nuke ever detonated.

The biggest artificial cloud ever made

The mushroom cloud for Tsar Bomba, according to Wikipedia, was about 64 km high (over seven times the height of Mount Everest), and the cap had a peak width of 95 km.

Additional Explanation from OP:

A mushroom cloud scale also has it. image from atomichertiage.org

Bigger than a boy, heavier than a fatty.

It was bigger than Little Boy and heavier than Fat Man.

Even though I had lost some weight, still the only one on a flight.

Tsar Bomba was flown to its test site by a specially modified plane.

Additional explanation from OP:

The blast yield initially planned for making Tsar Bomba was 100 megatons of TNT, but this was halved due to the nuclear fallout issue.

I do split, I do combine, and I split for a greater one.

Fission bombs derive their energy from nuclear fission (splitting), but Tsar Bomba was one of the more powerful (greater) thermonuclear weapons involve both fusion (combining) and fission.

On a icy island I was lit, yet no human got a hit.

Tsar Bomba was dropped in Novaya Zemlya, an icy island in the north of Russia.

For a phone call you couldn't hold, as I traveled throughout the world.

Explanation from OP:

Radio communications all over the world were interrupted for almost one hour as Tsar Bomba exploded, and this thermonuclear weapon's shockwave travelled more than 3 times around the world.

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  • $\begingroup$ Dear sir al'thor, I expected the riddle should be easy in a way, but the answer just merely reached the brink of the true one. If you have known those two Yankees, you should put something else specific into consideration. $\endgroup$ – Shane Hsu Sep 27 '16 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ @ShaneHsu The "two Yankees" being Little Boy and Fat Man? Does that mean the answer is one specific nuclear bomb? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 27 '16 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ Sure they are, but the true one is actually something else. $\endgroup$ – Shane Hsu Sep 27 '16 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ Ha! You've found the right one. If you don't mind, may I edit about some explanation about those lines? $\endgroup$ – Shane Hsu Sep 27 '16 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ @ShaneHsu I just edited with better explanations; I think I've now got everything except the last line. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 27 '16 at 18:31

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