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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.  


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!


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.


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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