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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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A Nepalese Sherpa holds the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest—Just 8 hrs, 10 min. But once he got to the top...


Pem Dorjee, a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer, was born in 1982 in Khumbu, Nepal. He is certified as a trekking and mountaineering guide by the Nepalese Government. He also has memberships of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Alpine Club, Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Everest Summiteers Association, all of which he is an active member.

This Sherpa holds the record for the fastest ascent from the Everest basecamp to the summit of the mountain. On 21 May 2004 Pem Dorjee Sherpa climbed Mt. Everest, from the basecamp to the summit, in only 8 hours and 10 minutes! When he climbed the mountain again on 30 May 2005, it was with his girlfriend, Moni Mulepati. When they reached the summit they exchanged wedding vows, making them the first ever couple to get married on top of Mt. Everest.

Besides being an outstanding mountaineer, Dorjee works hard on improving the quality of life in his home village, Chayangba. He has organised health care projects and funding for libraries, schools and drinking water systems in his own village but also in other remote villages of Nepal.

He recently hiked 3100 miles from the Mexican border to the Canadian border along the Continental Divide trail as part of the Rotary CDT challenge to raise funds for the building of a continuous trail. Dorjee and his wife own a gift store called ‘The Himalayan Bazaar’.

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Nudists were some of the first volleyball players!


Volleyball was in invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, an instructor at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachussetts, USA. By the 1920s, nudists were playing it regularly, making them some of the earliest adopters of volleyball.

In some ways, the game was ideal for early naturist clubs. Most clubs were small and a volleyball court doesn't require much space, and despite the relatively small court, many people can play at the same time.

The game also allows for differing levels of athleticism which makes it inclusive. The equipment required is very affordable. Finally, since there is no need for a team uniform or protective equipment, volleyball is perfect for people who like to be nude.

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The Russian Olympic Team once showed up 12 days after the Olympics ended. The reason why is pretty crazy


The 1908 Olympics Games in London became known as the Olympics of poor communication.

Why? The Imperial Russian Olympic Team arrived in London 12 days too late for the games.How can this be possible? Surely all nations had agreed on a start date?
As it turns out, England had been using the Gregorian calendar, the one that we use today, for over a century and a half.
Unfortunately, Russia was still using the Julian calendar—a pretty dated (pun intended) way to keep track of the days!
After the Olympics, Pope Gregory XIII tried to initiate a planet-wide effort for countries to adopt the Gregorian calendar.Essentially, if you were switching suddenly to the Gregorian calendar, you were 'canceling' ten days a year!

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Do you know who invented tennis? The answer will surprise you.


12-century French monks invented tennis.

This was the earliest precursor to tennis. The monks played the game indoors without any rackets.

They only used their hands! It was originally called “jeu de paume”.

The game eventually caught on among French nobility, and of course, they added rackets.

The name “tennis” comes from the French word “Tenez”, which was said before a serve.

The rest of tennis terminology comes from French as well; a lob is “un lob”, a fault is “une faute”, a break is “un break”, a volley is “une volleé”, etc.

Tennis eventually evolved to the outdoor sport we know today. The technical term for the outdoor sport is “Lawn Tennis”, as opposed to the game the monks invented, which we call “Real Tennis”.

More about tennis from LIVESTRONG and the New York Times.

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