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A man ran 135 miles in 120F weather, ran a marathon in the South Pole at -40F and ran 50 marathons in 50 days!


Dean Karnazes is an ultramarathon runner. Yes, there is such a thing. He even wrote the book "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner. He is the world's most famous ultramarathon runner and began running in kindergarten for fun on his way home from school.

In 2006, Karnazes participated in the Endurance 50:50 marathons which means he ran 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in 50 different states. Most races are held on the weekend. So, Karnazes had marathon officials follow him around and track his marathon race to make sure it was accurate. He was only at the live marathons in 8 of the states.

The others he had to have officiants track him and it counted towards the marathon that state was having that coming weekend. So, he'd run the official course, but not with all the other runners. Over the 50 days and 50 marathons he only fluctuated down one pound in weight.

After finishing the 50/50/50 races in New York City, Karnazes thought "hey what the heck, I'll run home to San Francisco." Literally. It was nearing Christmas, though. So, he only ran from New York City to St. Charles, Missouri. From there he caught a plane so he could spend more time with his family for the holidays.

A film has even been made about the saga. Some of his other accomplishments include running 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes without any sleep, running to the South Pole in -13 degrees Fahrenheit without snowshoes, and completing The Relay- a 199 mile run eleven different times.

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Mickey Mantle found out he was a father in front of 6,000 fans when he stepped up to bat!


There are plenty of exciting, surprising, and creative stories of men learning they're going to be a father.

Nothing is more fun and precious than seeing the (hopefully) joy on their lit-up face as they try to grasp how their life is about to change forever.

Luckily, around 6,000 baseball fans got to witness it back in 1953, when Mickey Mantle learned he became a father as he stepped up to the plate.

These days most men are at their woman's side for the birth of their child, but star baseball player Mickey Mantle had to finish a subway exhibition series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

As he stepped up to the plate early in the game, the announcer blared over the loudspeaker and said “Now hitting, Number Seven, Mickey Mantle...Mickey doesn't know it yet, but he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy.”

The game ended up being washed out by rain by the third inning and Mantle joined his now bigger family.

The red-haired child was born as Mickey Elvin, named after Mickey's late father and his late grandfather.

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You can sail into the wind at speeds faster than the wind without breaking the laws of physics


One of the lesser known facts about sailing is that the power of the wind can actually be harnessed to sail in a direction against the wind.

It can also be harnessed to sail at a speed exceeding that of the wind, even if the water is relatively calm.

What is even less known, for obvious reasons, is that you can do both at the same time—meaning you can reach speeds up to double that of the wind!

Despite what logic may dictate, this does not actually contradict any laws of physics.

The trick is to make use of all three dimensions of space when sailing, the most obvious one being the direction that the wind velocity is orientated in. If this is the only dimension you exploit, however, you will only be able to reach the speed of the wind and not exceed it.

If you also make use of the crosswind by tacking the sail then, in principle, it becomes possible to travel at double the speed of the wind.

To be able to sail against the wind you will also need to harness the power of the water underneath the sailboat by using the keels, rudders, and hydrofoils which can be seen as the 'sails' under the water.

One should therefore be able to sail against the wind (or in any direction) at speeds faster than the wind, if you tack the rudder or other hydrofoils as well as the sail.

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In some parts of the world ants are used to close up wounds!


In both Africa and South America, large army ants are used as surgical sutures.

The wound is pulled together, and the ant grabs the edge of the wound with its mandible and locks it in place. Then, the body is cut off from the head of the ant. The head stays attached to the wound as a suture until the wound is healed.  

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This man ran 135 miles through Death Valley along with a bunch of other crazy running accomplishments


Running in the desert should be reserved for times of panic and intense weight loss, but some people just like to do it for fun, out of passion.

Dean Karnazes is one such man, too crazy to enjoy a relaxing jog in the park but fit enough to complete the most death-defying runs—including running 135 miles through the blazing Death Valley.

Dean Karnazes is known as an “ultramarathon runner.”

He happily competed in, and won, the Badwater Ultramarathon—a marathon that should have been created for death row inmates. It consists of running 135 miles through the notorious Death Valley, which reached temperatures around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not only did he just run it, he did it many years in a row. He won in 2004, but competed from 2000 to 2008 with an impressive record, including five top 10 finishes.

It seems that 2004 was just an interesting year for Karnazes—he managed to run 148 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill. He probably saves so much gas money by just running everywhere!

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