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Bobsledding was accidentally invented by adventurous English tourists. This story is crazy!

Bobsledding is a relatively modern sport. Well, modern in the sense that it did not evolve just post-dinosaur! The first formal bobsled competition was held in 1884. But how did it all begin?

We have a few jolly British lads to thank for that! English tourists decided to stay at a mineral spa in the town of St. Moritz during winter after the hotelier ‘sold’ the idea to them to avoid another long season of empty rooms.

The more adventurous of his English guests became rather bored and adapted boys’ delivery sleds for fun. They attached two sleds together with a board and attached a steering mechanism to the front sled. They proceeded to speed down the village’s roads, lanes and alleys, frequently colliding with unsuspecting and, I am sure, very surprised pedestrians.

It took a couple of years of pedestrian peril before the hotelier built a special track where they could safely (at least from the pedestrian point of view) practice their fun. This first natural ice half-pipe track was built in 1870 and it is still in operation! The name of the sport appeared when competitors adopted the technique of bobbing back and forth inside the sled to increase its speed.


Gold medalist Usain Bolt ate 100 chicken nuggets a day in Beijing! The reason why is odd

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made headlines when he won three gold medals during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He's widely regarded as the fastest person in the world and boasts numerous records and titles, such as being an eight-time World Champion.

You'd probably expect an athlete like him to eat as healthily as possible, but he had a different idea. While in Beijing, Usain would eat almost 100 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets a day! He was in Beijing for ten days, which means that he ate nearly 47,000 calories worth of chicken nuggets while there!

Why did he have such an extreme diet? He says that he found Chinese food 'odd.' With so many gold medals under his belt, it's hard to argue otherwise!


The mascot at a school for the deaf in Arkansas is the leopards. They are The Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards.

The Arkansas School for the Deaf has become a tradition in the State of Arkansas. It was founded in 1850 in Clarksville, Arkansas by Augustus Ward, and was the first school for the deaf to be established west of the Mississippi River. In 1898, Dr Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, visited the school together with his deaf wife.

ASD periodically offers classes in American Sign Language for friends and family members of deaf children and will being providing podcasts in June 2014 on topics such as alphabet, color words, family signs, feelings, and much more.

A low student-to-teacher ratio means that each student receives individual attention. Most classes have less than 8 students. ASD is a leader in educational technology in the state of Arkansas. All students are encouraged to participate in after-school activities.

The mascot for the school's sports teams is the leopard. Get it? They are the leopards who are deaf — the Deaf Leopards! Quite the sense of humor! The Deaf Leopards are members of two different athletic conferences: The Great Plains Schools for the Deaf (GPSD) and The Arkansas Association of Christian Schools (AACS). The school participates in football, volleyball, basketball and soccer. They also have an enthusiastic and very attractive cheer squad! Go Leopards!


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Golf + Soccer = FootGolf. And It's Awesome...

With a new course opening in Illinois this summer, FootGolf is the latest crazy golf variation, following closely on the heels of other sports like Frisbee Golf. It's been around "since forever", according to the American FootGolf League.

In the game, you play golf with a soccer ball, almost exactly like regular golf on a much larger scale. The game has spread to over 30 countries, and each one does have slight variations on the rules. Some countries even have man-made obstacles in the way, sort of like FootMiniGolf.

In 2012, the first world championship was held in Hungary. Unless you live close to a course, your best opportunity to play would probably be on a visit to the city of sin, Las Vegas. There's a full sized course there.


The Miami Heat gave out 8,000 fortune cookies to promote Yao Ming's first game there!

One of the few famous Chinese basketball players, Yao Ming was the tallest active player in the NBA at 7 feet six inches at the time of retirement!

Born in Shanghai at 11 pounds, over double the average Chinese baby’s weight, Ming’s parents were both basketball players.

In 2002 Ming came to Miami for the first time to play the Heat, and to increase attention for the game 8,000 fortune cookies were passed out!

Offensive? Apparently only to Americans who thought so because Ming said he didn’t mind and had never heard of a fortune cookie, thinking it was a strange American thing.

This event was only eclipsed by Shaquille O’Neal later saying, “Tell Yao Ming, Ching chong-yang-wah-ah-soh!”



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