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PETA is trying to ban a tradition at the Indy 500!


Some traditions don't sit well with those of new-age ideas and beliefs. The noble and justified interest in the ethical treatment of animals has been growing in popularity, spawning the group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

However, sometimes they can get a little ridiculous, like their call for banning milk drinking after the Indy 500.

Drinking a big bottle of milk in the victory lane after the Indy 500 has been a tradition since 1936, when Louis Meyer downed a bottle and mentioned his mother's post-race beverage recommendation. Turns out it caught on and has been a staple since, except for one year when an Orange farm owner chose orange juice instead.

Apparently, drinking milk promotes not just calf cruelty and wastefulness, but also racism, according to PETA.

Racism?! It turns out that African-Americans have an enzyme which makes milk difficult to digest. An African-American victor might have to partake in a ritual that would make them physically uncomfortable. Since the tradition isn't enforced, however, the victor could make the choice for themselves.

PETA started a petition to get the tradition banned, but it hasn't caught on, so you can expect yet another milk-chugging victor when the race returns this May.

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An Olympian abandoned his race to save some competitors—and still won a medal!


One of Canada's shining Olympic moments didn't happen on the gold, silver, and bronze podium; it happened off the coast of Pusan as some fellow sailors were in danger.

Larry Lemieux could have won the silver medal in the 1988 Seoul games as he overcame 35-knot winds in the Finn-class competition. He saw a capsized boat on the adjacent 470-class course with injured Singapore sailors in the water. He promptly abandoned the race to sail over and save them.

He lost his shot at an Olympic medal, but he was awarded the extremely rare Pierre de Coubertin Medal by the International Olympic Committee president. He is the only Canadian to win one. It's awarded to athletes that demonstrate true sportsmanship, with only 10 of them ever being awarded.

Lemieux battled four-meter waves and a current that was going against the wind. Though he took on a lot of water, he overcame the odds with all his sailing skills and saved both sailors while keeping his own boat from capsizing. A Korean Navy boat arrived and picked the stranded sailors up. Lemieux even went back to finish the race, where he finished 21st out of 32.

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If sales were any indication, Frisbee would be the most popular sport in America


According to a report for the Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention, Ultimate Frisbee could be the biggest sport in the United States.

Frisbees and other flying discs out sold baseballs, basketballs, and footballs combined. So is frisbee the new National Pasttime?

Technically, most companies that sell flying discs can't even call them Frisbees. That word is trademarked by Wham-O Toys Incorporated, yet it's still used as the colloquial term for the toy. Because of this, Ultimate Frisbee is actually just known as Ultimate to avoid the headaches of lawsuits.

Playing with Frisbees is a terrific form of exercise because when the disc is in play, players don't stop running. During an average match of Ultimate, it is not uncommon that a player runs around five miles. Spend a whole day playing and you'll be running marathons in no time.

It would be wise for the health organizations to push this sport more to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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A Norwegian coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian, allowing her to win the silver medal! Here's how Canada repaid him


During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Bjoernar Haakensmoen, a coach of a Norwegian cross country ski team, acted valiantly by lending a Canadian skier a ski pole. The result of this action led the Canadian skier to finish second and receive a silver medal, while a Norwegian was bumped off the podium and finished forth.

In order to thank the Norwegian, Canadian citizens were asked to donate bottles of Maple Syrup. In total 7,400 cans were sent to the Canadian embassy to be delivered to the Norwegian coach.

The Norwegian had never tasted maple syrup before, and said that he might have it from time to time, but not 5 times a day. He further stated that, "It's sweet, and a little unusual."

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Puma and Adidas were founded by two feuding brothers during WWII


The town of Herzogenaurach became known as "the town of bent necks" because the inhabitants were always looking down to see which shoes strangers were wearing. This was because both Puma and Adidas were owned and operated in the area by two feuding brothers—dividing the town's people.

The Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory was co-owned by brothers Rudolph and Adolph (nicknamed Adi) Dassler. They both joined the Nazi party, but Rudolph was a bit more involved with the party than Adi was.

The rift between them reached a peak in 1943, when both brothers and their families ended up in the same bomb shelter. Adi said: "Here are the bloody bastards again," referring to the Allied Forces. Rudolph thought his brother was referring to him and his wife.

Later, when Rudolph was picked up by the Americans and accused of being part of the SS, he was sure his brother turned him in.

The brothers split the business in 1948, when Adi established Adidas and Rudolph created Puma.

Supposedly, handymen cashed in on this feud by wearing Adidas to Rudolph's home. He would then send them down to his basement to collect a free pair of Pumas!

The two brothers never made peace and are buried in the same cemetery—but as far apart as possible.

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