The 2017 MarbleLympics

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I stumbled on the qualification round for the 2017 MarbleLympics last night.  I proceeded to watch the first 4 events before I realized the time.  This morning I finished the entire games.  What a rush of excitement it was.  I won’t give many spoilers, except to say that there were plenty of upsets and new … Continued

Olympics!!1!!@1

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The 2016 Olympic Summer Games start today!  And for the first time in my memory, I will not get to watch much/any of the games.  But honestly, I like it a lot here in Alaska, so I guess I got nothing to complain about.  Let’s see if America can keep up the medal haul, or … Continued

Tug of Oars

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This will be the newest Olympic sport. In all seriousness though, this isn’t that bad of a training exercise.  It’s usefull for all sorts of things, especially those when you need to battle a strong current, or escape those dangerous Communist drug dealers that are chasing you down for taking the community’s cocain for yourself, … Continued

First Person Ski Jump Training

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Winter might be in it’s last licks for the season, and The Winter Olympics might be over, but it’s never too early, or late, to start a new passion.  That’s just what this 10 year old girl is doing.  Starting ski jumping. Instead of this being a professional, like the Luge video, this is a … Continued

Alternate History Thursday – Food

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One of the rare actual Thursday additions of Alternate History.  Oh well. Anyway, the above is the storefront of an actual restaurant in current day America.  That’s right, this restaurant, which goes by the name of “Conflict Kitchen,” only serves the food of enemies of America.  Every couple of months they change the menu to … Continued

How we Ice Skate

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Yes, the Olympics might be over (don’t worry, I’ll get you the over view and report in a day or so), but that doesn’t mean we can’t sit back and learn a thing or two about the science behind the sports.  It’s surprising, but I’ve never seen something like this before.  I knew most of … Continued

The Skeleton

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This Olympics I’m all about the sliding sports – Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton.  One thing that I didn’t know about Skeleton is that the athletes can choose to decorate their helmets with awesome designs. Here’s my favorite: Katie Uhlaender’s Eagle and Stripes helmet. The Brain helmet is pretty cool too: John Fairbairn is from Canada though, … Continued

Curlers in their Natural Habitat

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Sir David Attenborough, the younger brother of eccentric billionaire John Hammond, has worked his magic on the sport of Curling.  You know David Attenborough’s voice, you’ve heard it many times over the years narrating all sorts of things.  His voice is one of those that you could listen to forever. His overview of Curling is not … Continued

Meteorite Medals

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One year ago today a meteorite entered the atmosphere over Russia traveling at about 42,000 MPH.  It was labeled the Chelyabinsk meteor, and in honor of the anniversary, all Olympians who win a Gold medal in today’s events will be given a special commemorative medal containing a piece of that meteorite. Gold medal events today … Continued

Winter Olympics of Yesteryear

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1924 was the first dedicated Winter Olympics.  In previous games, some of the events were held in the summer games if the weather permitted it. The games were held in Charmonix France, at the base of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the Alps.  You can see the peaks in the background of some of … Continued