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Larry Bird gave Chuck Pearson one of the most amazing trash talks in sports history!


Famous basketball player Larry Bird was known for his trash talking. There were multiple examples of him taunting other players and boasting.

On one Christmas day, he was playing a game against the Indiana Pacers. Before the game, he told one of the members of the Pacers, Chuck Person, that he had a Christmas present for him.

During the game, while Person was sitting on the bench, Bird shot a three pointer right in front of him. When he released the ball, Bird turned to Person and said "Merry f*%#ing Christmas!" The shot went in.

Bird wasn't entirely unprovoked though. Prior to the game, Person, who was nicknamed "the Rifleman," had said "the Rifleman is coming, and he's going Bird hunting."

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Dean Karnazes ran 135 consecutive miles through Death Valley in 125 degree F heat, and that's only the beginning of his accomplishments as a runner!


The Badwater Ultramarathon describes itself as “the world’s toughest footrace.”

It is a 135-mile course starting at 282 feet below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California's Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney.

That’s pretty intimidating, but it didn’t stop Dean Karnazes from placing in the top 10 six times, one of which he won. The race he won was in 2004 and saw temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of Karnazes’ biggest achievements is running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. He couldn’t run all official marathons for the courses he chose, as they usually only run on weekends, but he did run the routes of 50.

He ended with the New York City Marathon on the actual date, and decided he would also run home to San Francisco. He only made it to Missouri, however, because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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This Olympic athlete was thought to be missing for 50 years by Swedish authorities before they found out he just went home to Japan without telling them!


Shizo Kanakuri travelled from Japan in 1912 to take part in the Stockholm Olympic marathon race in Sweden.

The race was held at Sollentuna Municipality, but the temperatures rose to an unexpected 104 degrees Fahrenheit and many of the runners suffered from heat exhaustion.

Kanakuri, already tired from the long flight and having difficulty with the local food, passed out half way through the race.

He was cared for by a farming family and returned to Japan when he was well. Unfortunately he failed to inform race officials of his departure.

He was declared missing by Swedish authorities and was considered to be missing for 50 years before they discovered he was happily living in Japan! He had already competed in intervening Olympic marathons before they made this discovery.

In 1966 he was offered the opportunity to complete his run, and he accepted. He finally completed the marathon in 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds!

After the race Shizo commented: "It was a long trip. Along the way, I got married, had six children and 10 grandchildren."

He was one of the early leaders of track and field athletics in Japan and has been celebrated as "father of marathon" in his home country.

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Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio didn't seem impressed when his wife Marilyn Monroe performed for 100,000 troops--and had a GREAT one-liner when she told him about it


Joe DiMaggio is one of the greatest winners in sports history. In his 13 seasons, DiMaggio would play in 10 World Series and win nine of them, including his first four seasons. He was voted MVP three times and was an All-Star for all 13 seasons he played. To this day he holds the record for the longest hitting streak at 56 games, and retired as fifth on the all-time Home run list. DiMaggio was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 with close to 89% of the vote.

But what non-baseball fans know him for is his short marriage to the famous sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Monroe filed for divorce only nine months after their marriage, but they did become friends again later when DiMaggio secured her release from a psychiatric facility in 1961.

Perhaps the most famous quote of their marriage is when Monroe returned from performing for troops in Korea. Monroe retuned and said "you never heard such cheering!" To which the man who played in 51 World Series games replied, "yes I have."

DiMaggio actually took a break in the middle of his career to join the Air Force in 1943, but was treated with special privileges the entire time. DiMaggio was embarrassed by this special treatment and even demanded to be put into combat, but was denied.

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For Yao Ming's first NBA game, the Miami Heat passed out 8,000 fortune cookies. Ming had a surprising reaction.


To celebrate Chinese basketball star Yao Ming's first game, the NBA distributed 8,000 fortune cookies at a game in Miami on December 16, 2002. Yao Ming set the record straight on how he felt about the incident, which many called insensitive.

Your gut might tell you that a Chinese person could take offense at such a thing. Ming didn't take offense, but not necessarily for the reason you might think. To him, it wasn't a stereotype because he'd never seen a fortune cookie in China. He didn't interpret the fortune cookies to have anything to do with him. In fact, he found the whole thing to be amusing.

Because Ming was not familiar with American stereotypes of the Chinese, he didn't feel that he was being attacked or slighted in any way. It is actually a misconception that many Americans have that fortune cookies are common in China. Ming thought they were an American invention.

All of this debate took place within a larger context of controversy about the NBA. At the time Ming started his professional career in the US, the NBA was seen as not taking an active enough role in confronting the racism that Asians faced from fellow players.

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