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Unlike most people on The Simpsons, the East Asian characters aren’t yellow.

In defiance of traditional cartoon conventions, while most of the principal characters in The Simpsons are yellow, the East Asian characters (such as Akira, the Japanese restaurateur, or the ladies in the picture) have a whiter skin tone. The writers have actually lampooned the weird skin color decisions for the cartoon on the show. When Homer was afraid his children were going to turn into mutants he said “They’ll be horrible freaks with pink skin, no overbites, and 5 fingers on each hand!”. Then the camera cuts to the “mutant” versions of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, who look completely normal.

To clarify, the reason we say “East Asian” instead of “Asian” is to distinguish between people from countries such as Thailand and China and characters such as Apu, who is from India and sports a darker brown skin tone.

The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse claimed only 1 victim: a 3-legged dog.

On November 7, 1940 Leonard Coatsworth left his 3-legged, paralyzed cocker spaniel in the back seat of his car. Coatsworth had abandoned the car while crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge because the bridge had begun swaying violently. He and a friend attempted to return to the car, but failed due to the strength of the bridge’s motion.

However, a dog-lover named Professor Farquharson managed to safely cross to where the vehicle was parked. His would-be rescue mission failed, though - Tubby was so afraid that he bit Farquharson’s finger as the courageous professor was attempting to save him! This unfortunately left him no choice but to abandon the poor canine, who would eventually plummet 200 feet with the rest of the bridge to his watery grave below.

There is a page on the Washington State Department of Transportation website devoted entirely to Tubby.

The record for the most points ever scored in a single basketball game was set by a 13-year-old.

On February 5, 1974, Mats Wermelin of Sweden scored an outrageous 272 points in a regional boys’ basketball tournament at Stockholm. The final score? 272-0! WERMELIN SCORED EVERY SINGLE POINT.

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Every last player and coach got red-carded in a single soccer match in Argentina.

This epic match was played on February 26th between D Metropolitana league teams Claypole and Victoriano Arenas. The game was consistently halted for minor penalties throughout, but was a fairly normal match until late in the second half, when an enormous fight erupted. Prior to that point, two players had been ejected from the game - one during the first half, and one during halftime!

Referee Damian Rubio did his best to quell the violence by doing the only thing he really could do - flashing his little red card! All in all, a ridiculous 36 red cards were issued when all was said and done...that’s EVERY single player and coach, including substitutes! Police had to be brought in to break up the fighting, and the Victoriano Arenas coach claims he feared for his life and begged the officials to lock the players up in the locker room! Meanwhile, Rubio’s feat nearly doubled the previous record of 20, set during a Paraguayan match in 1993.

Be sure to watch the brawl at the end - you can see why the ref felt inclined to card EVERYONE:

Randy Johnson once threw a fastball that exploded a bird.

The poor dove had the misfortune of being directly in the path of a 95 mph pitch. The bird was blasted to smithereens. The freak accident was ruled “no pitch” by the officials. This 2001 incident wasn’t the first time baseball killed a bird. In 1983, after finishing his warmups, Dave Winfield tossed a ball to a batboy that beaned a seagull on the noggin, killing him. Winfield was charged with animal cruelty, but the charges were dropped.

In a more egregious case of ball-on-bird violence, 19-year-old minor leaguer Jae Kuk Ryu mortally wounded an osprey named Ozzy by intentionally hitting him with a baseball. Ryu was charged for killing the bird and fined. Birds being killed by baseballs are no laughing matter. Just ask Randy Johnson. “I didn't think it was all that funny."

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