Category Archives: Sports

Irony: Altitude sickness stops second man on moon 

Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a… Read More »

Bowling a perfect game (300 score)

I beat my previous best game of 180 with a 184 today and started wondering if a perfect game, 12 strikes in a row for 300 points, has been televised. The answer is yes, several. … A handful of 300 games have been broadcast on live TV. Grazio Castellano of Brooklyn, New York was the… Read More »

Australian man ‘breaks bungee jump world record’

An Australian is thought to have broken the world record for the most bungee jumps in 24 hours, local media report. Jay Phoenix began jumping from a bungee site in Queensland on Thursday at 0600 local time (2000 GMT). He completed 150 jumps by 0330 on Friday. He said he was pleased, but his ankles… Read More »

Baseball Player Knocked Out By Skydiver

A baseball player was knocked out by a skydiver who misjudged his landing on the field of play. Mattingly Romanin, a shortstop for the Hannibal Cavemen in Missouri, was levelled by the clumsy aerial performer. The skydiver was one of three hired to deliver the first pitch prior to Saturday’s game against the Terre Haute… Read More »

80-year-old becomes oldest man to climb Mount Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese man on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mt. Everest, officials said. Yuichiro Miura reached the top of Everest Thursday morning with his physician son Gota, mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base of Everest. Miura’s achievement eclipses that of a Nepali man who climbed Everest at… Read More »

Bible of Hung Kuen Kung Fu Published

It’s the staple of almost every kung fu action film ever made: the hero is targeted for revenge after teaching the deadly and closely guarded secrets of the martial art to outsiders and, even worse, foreigners. But ask Lam Chun-fai Sifu — the 73-year-old practitioner of the 300-year-old kung fu style known as Hung Kuen… Read More »

2013 Boston Marathon Winner: Lelisa Desisa

  Born in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, Lelisa made his breakthrough on to the senior international scene at road races in 2010, beginning with a sub-60 minute run for third place at the Zayed International Half Marathon in January. … In his debut over the marathon distance, he made one of the fastest ever debuts by… Read More »

Brazil arrests dozens of ‘corrupt policemen’

The arrests are part of “Operation Purification,” a crackdown on Rio’s historically corrupt police force [Reuters] Investigators in Rio de Janeiro have arrested 63 police officers and 11 alleged drug traffickers after a year-long bribery probe and on-going efforts to stamp out police corruption ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in… Read More »

Einstein, Gödel, and the Science of Time Travel

Gödel actually showed that if we were living in a rotating universe, this universe could create loops in time — and by “loops in time” I mean you actually have a timeline that’s normally a straight line of past, present, and future, that’s turned into a loop — and you can actually go along that… Read More »

Texting competition prize defended by US champion

A 17-year-old has out-tapped the competition to hold onto the title of being the US’s fastest texter. Austin Weirschke from Wisconsin beat 10 other competitors at the sixth National Texting Championship held in New York. Contestants had to do one task with their vision blocked and another with their hands behind their back. Mr Weirschke… Read More »

UFO Over Olympics Opening Ceremony [VIDEO]

Friday night’s spectacular pyrotechnics display of the most watched opening ceremony in summer Olympics history attracted more than the eyes of over 40 million people. A clearly seen unidentified flying object was videotaped making its way over London’s Olympic stadium, reports The disc-shaped object is first seen entering the upper left portion of the… Read More »

Video: Rollerman skates down Chinese mountain

The self-styled “Rollerman” successfully completed the 6.5 mile run, which includes 99 hairpin bends, in under 20 minutes. The inventor wore a 34-wheel roller suit for the stunt. As it is unpowered, Blondeau had to use his body to steer and adjust his speed down the steep road. After crossing the finish line on this… Read More »

Training for Half Dome, Jogging with a weight vest?

According to this article below, a weighted vest can improve short and medium distance running speeds, but I want to get in shape to carry a 45-55 lb pack at high altitude for 7 hours per day. I have three months to prepare. … The initial results were negative. After four weeks: the runners needed… Read More »

Swimming underwater is faster than swimming on the surface

It is a misconception that the higher you are in the water, the faster you can swim. On the contrary, the highest speeds are reached by swimming completely submerged, because this allows for more efficient transfer of momentum to the water (which creates forward thrust according to Newton’s third law), and because less energy is… Read More »

Gary Connery in world's first skydive without parachute

A stuntman is thought to have become the first person to jump out of a helicopter and land safely without deploying a parachute. Gary Connery, 42, used a “wingsuit” to make his descent from 2,400ft (730m) above Oxfordshire. The 42-year-old said he felt “elated” after landing on a pile of 18,600 cardboard boxes. He was… Read More »

New Paper Airplane Record Set, But Not Without Controversy

At the Maker Faire this weekend, John Collins (aka “the Paper Airplane Guy”) talked about his recent record-setting paper airplane flight that sailed 226 feet and 10 inches, smashing the previous record held by Stephen Kreiger by almost 20 feet.While Collins designed the glider himself, he didn’t actually throw it. Instead, he hired Joe Ayoob,… Read More »

Muscle soreness: rest or exercise?

It’s common for beginners to experience muscle soreness that lasts for a week or two, just as seasoned exercisers will be sore after a tough work out. Yes, you should keep working out even though you are sore, but there is more to it than that. Muscle soreness has two primary causes. The first soreness… Read More »

How Usain Bolt can run faster — effortlessly

Usain Bolt can achieve faster running times with no extra effort on his part or improvement to his fitness, according to a study published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. Cambridge Professor of Mathematical Sciences John D. Barrow illustrates how, based on concrete mathematical evidence, Bolt… Read More »

101-year-old grandmother sets paragliding record

Mary Allen Hardison, a 101-year-old grandmother from Ogden, Utah, has officially been recognized as the “Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem” — an achievement described Tuesday by Guinness World Records as a “celebration of the official start of spring and life rejuvenated.” Hardison took up paragliding “on a whim,” as she did not want to be… Read More »

Crews find balloonist who fell from 17,000 feet amid storm

A search-and-rescue team on Monday found the body of a missing hot air balloonist who had crashed in Georgia three days earlier. Acting on a tip from a witness who saw an object falling Friday, authorities dispatched a helicopter in the direction she described and quickly found the body of Ed Ristaino of North Carolina,… Read More »

Skydiver Leaps From Stratosphere in ‘Space Jump’ Practice

A daredevil aiming to set the record for world’s highest skydive moved one step closer to his goal today (March 15), completing a practice jump from more than 13 miles up in the stratosphere. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner stepped out of a custom-built capsule at an altitude of 71,581 feet (21,818 meters), officials with Red… Read More »

Ghana coach says witchcraft is reason for team split

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft against their own team-mates. The Serbian made his claim in a leaked report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten by eventual winners Zambia in the semi-finals. “We all need… Read More »

A five-state ban for ‘Piggyback Bandit’

The stocky man showed up in a basketball uniform for a game at Century High School in North Dakota. Players and coaches assumed he was a fan who had come with another team, so nobody objected when he began to pitch in around the bench. “He helped lay out uniforms, got water. He even gave… Read More »

UC Davis pays $1.35M to settle Title IX case

The University of California, Davis has agreed to pay more than $1.3 million to attorneys representing three women who had filed gender discrimination claims because the campus did not offer a women’s wrestling team, officials said Thursday. The settlement came after a federal judge in Sacramento ruled on a broader question in August and found… Read More »

Swiss Build the World’s First Solar-Powered Ski Lift

In the tiny mountain village of Tenna, a farming village in eastern Switzerland not far from resorts such as St. Moritz and Davos, big green ideas have been introduced. Although larger, well-known ski resorts overshadow it, when their aging ski lift needed replacing, locals raised enough money to update it and then went a step… Read More »

Iran training an army of female Ninjas?

Iranian Ninjas-Iran-01-29-2012 – YouTube. There are over a billion American female Ninjas but they hide so well that no one knows they even exist. They don’t even get counted by the Census. There is one hiding in your sofa right now. Wanna bet?

18-month old plays Ping Pong on Youtube

Talented Jamie Myskova-Buddell sits on a full-size table and waits for his dad to hit the ball to him before he smashes it back with a scary level of accuracy. The pint-sized prodigy, who is yet to talk, has now become a global star after his ping pong antics went viral. Ping Pong Baby, So… Read More »

Volcano boarding, adventure-seekers’ latest thrill

photo credit: John Otis Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro volcano has erupted 23 times in the past 100 years, burying homes, crops and people in lava and ashes. But recently the menacing black mountain has become a tourist draw, thanks to a newly invented extreme sport: volcano boarding. Thousands of thrill-seekers have climbed to the top of… Read More »

Video: Surfer rides ‘biggest wave of all time’

Professional surfer McNamara, 44, was riding large waves with Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie as part of a study with the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute to understand why the waves in the deep-water canyon off Nazare reach such gigantic heights.Three mammoth waves appeared and Cotton towed McNamara onto the shoulder of one.”Everything seemed to be perfect,… Read More »

Sprinter, 100, sets record and aims for marathon

Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old British man, has run his way to eight sprinting world records and is aiming to set another, when he takes part in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Mr Singh broke the records for 100-year-old men in all eight sprinting distances on Thursday. The Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand… Read More »

Woman gives birth hours after running Chicago Marathon

Instead of having a rest after completing the Chicago Marathon, pregnant Amber Miller gave birth. Mrs Miller, who was nearly 39 weeks pregnant, said “it was the longest day of my life”. She gave birth to a healthy 7.7lb (3.5kg) girl, June. The marathon was the eighth for the 27-year-old, who already had one child.… Read More »