The Football War was a four-day war fought between El Salvador and Honduras. Though political tensions between Hondurans and Salvadorans were the main factors contributing to the war’s outbreak, hostility between the two countries was further inflamed by rioting when they met during a qualifying round for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Though short-lived, the war claimed thousands of lives and displaced several hundred thousand people. When did the two nations finally sign a peace treaty? More…Discuss
I fear no change, I know what to expect The closer the goals, the longer it takes and The further it gets and yet What’s to come, has come and passed, In the past, like a turning wheel or A turning page, one of many identical ones, or The wind prevailing from the South-West Most of the time, I know what’s to come, From what has been passed…
my strength in my weakness, my weakness in strength, and yet still time to live with no regret, knowing that giving was by far the conquest
Despite recent personal problems that took him off the tour circuit for a time, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is still considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. In 1997, at the age of 21, he became the youngest player ever to win the Masters Tournament—winning by a record margin of 12 strokes. That same year, he won five other PGA tournaments and became the youngest player ever ranked first in world golf competition. Woods coined the term “Cablinasian” to describe his ethnicity, which is what? More…Discuss
Ice hotels are temporary buildings made entirely out of snow and sculpted ice. They are built each year in the coldest regions of the world as a way to attract vacationers, who pay for the privilege of spending a night surrounded by ice in near-freezing temperatures, dining on ice tables, drinking from ice glasses, sitting on ice chairs, and sleeping on ice beds. The world’s first ice hotel was built in Sweden in 1990, but it was not originally intended for that purpose. What was it meant for? More…Discuss
Curling is a team sport in which players slide heavy stones with handles toward a target or “tee.” The stones closest to the tee at the end of play earn points. After a stone is hurled, players called “sweepers” use special brooms to sweep the ice ahead of the stone. This affords them some measure of control over the stone’s trajectory and allows them to get it closer to the tee or even knock away or block the opposing team’s stones. Though curling is very popular in Canada, it originated where? More…
This weeklong event in Tucson, Arizona, features the “world’s longest non-motorized parade” and the largest outdoor midwinter rodeo in the United States. The fiesta starts with the parade—a two-mile-long procession of more than 200 entries, including old horse-drawn vehicles such as buckboards, surreys, and Conestoga wagons. The eight days of rodeo include the standard events, as well as daily Mutton Bustin’ contests. In these, four- to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep. There are also demonstrations by the Quadrille de Mujeres, a women’s precision-riding team. More…Discuss
February 15, 1961, was a dark day in figure skating history. On that day, 72 people, including all 18 members of the US Figure Skating team and 16 family members, coaches, and skating officials, died when their flight from New York to Brussels went down in a field just miles from its destination. A farm worker on the ground also perished. The skaters had been en route to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. What did the event’s organizers do to honor the dead athletes? More…Discuss
When players from the minor-league baseball teams the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings took the field at around 8 PM on April 18, 1981, they had no idea they would soon be making history. With the score tied, play continued into the frigid morning. Players burned broken bats for warmth, and the 1,740 fans in attendance dwindled to 19. The game was finally called at 4:07 AM after eight hours—and 32 innings. When the game resumed two months later, it took Pawtucket how long to win? More…Discuss
I have been walking Northbound until there was no mere North to go to and then I took the opposite direction, found myself upside down hanging by the branches of the Southern tree… I was by exhausted, hungry, unshaven… So I took a long rest next day I started west, and kept at it, for a while and then I hit a bump in the road at Greenwich and had to heal my foot… Then I considered continuing my walk
Late that year I draw a conclusion and build a house of red bricks, a picket fence a kidney bean pool a tennis court a trail with 5 flights of stairs, wooden, to the sandy beach.
A British-born Kenyanaviatrix, adventurer, racehorse trainer, and writer, Markham is best remembered for her historic east-to-west solo flight across the North Atlantic in 1936 and for her 1942 memoir West with the Night, which chronicles her many adventures. The book had only modest success at first and soon went out of print, but it was rediscovered and reissued in 1983 and is now considered one of the best adventure books ever written. What controversy arose regarding its authorship? More…Discuss
Arm wrestling is not just a way to settle an argument—it is also a competitive sport. In official contests, two opponents sit facing each other, with hands interlocked and elbows firmly planted on a table surface, and attempt to force the other’s arm down. Strength alone does not make for a successful arm wrestler. The significant twisting force arm wrestling puts on the humerus bone of the upper arm can be quite dangerous, so good technique is also vital. How do arm wrestlers avoid broken arms? More…Discuss
Marble was an Americantennis player who began playing at age 15 and rose rapidly in the national tennis rankings after 1931. She won 18 Grand Slam championships: five in singles, six in doubles, and seven in mixed doubles. Her personal life, however, was filled with tragedy and intrigue. Her husband was killed during World War II, just days after Marble had suffered a miscarriage. She attempted suicide but recovered and, in 1945, began spying for US intelligence. What was her mission? More…Discuss
The largest marathon in the world at that time, the first running of the Mayor Daley Marathon—now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon—drew 4,200 participants. Since then it has grown both in size and prestige. The race is now capped at 45,000 runners and is considered one of the world’s most renowned marathons. The 30th anniversary running of the race was unique in several respects. For one thing, it featured a special CEO challenge, and for another, it was halted after just 3 ½ hours. Why? More…
Zátopek, the “Czech Locomotive,” was a long-distance runner who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000-m and 10,000-m runs, and he amazingly earned gold yet again after deciding at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. His wife, competing in the javelin toss, added a gold medal to the family collection at the same Olympics. Zátopek’s success was likely due to his grueling training methods. What did he wear while training? More…Discuss
By 1978, there had been at least 14 failed attempts to cross the Atlantic by balloon, during which five people died. One of the failures was that of the Double Eagle Iin 1977. A year later, however, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman landed the Double Eagle II in a field in Miserey, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. After their successful flight, the trio drew straws to determine who would get to sleep in a bed at the US Embassy once slept in by whom? More…Discuss
From sports to art to personal interests, obsessions commonly drive the way Americans think, act and relate to the world and the people around them. But these obsessions may be a little out of the ordinary.
Franz Liszt’s sunny Rhapsodie Espagnole, played by Stephen Hough. IMO, this performance is really playful, beautiful and elegant, spiced with the feeling of improvisation, from which this piece is very likely to have come out from beneath Liszt’s fingers.
For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he landed a title shot against Max Baer. Braddock was a 10-to-1 underdog but won in a stunning upset. Who beat Braddock for the title in 1937? More…Discuss
Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat was the first US Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting records in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that still stand today. In fact, in the 40 years since, only one Derby winner has even come close to matching Secretariat’s time of 1:59.40. Secretariat advanced from last to first to win the Preakness and won the Belmont Stakes by an unprecedented 31 lengths. What controversy arose regarding the time calculations of the 1973 Preakness? More…Discuss
Regardless of whether one considers professional wrestling a sport or merely choreographed entertainment, one cannot deny that wrestlers often risk serious injury in the ring. High-flying stunts and feats of flamboyant showmanship are now par for the course. Tragically, the dangerous nature of wrestling was graphically illustrated in 1999, when Hart, one of professional wrestling’s most respected stars, was killed during a live event. The tragedy unfolded when what stunt went horribly wrong? More…Discuss
Representing her native Netherlands, Blankers-Koen made her Olympic debut at the 1936 Berlin Games but failed to medal. Two years later, she set her first world record in track and field. Unfortunately for her, both the 1940 and 1944 Games were cancelled due to WWII, so she had to wait until 1948’s Summer Games in London to compete again. In addition to losing precious years, the athlete gave birth twice in the interim. Still, she went on to win four gold medals in London, earning what nickname? More…Discuss
The Triple Six Fix was a plot to rig the Pennsylvania Lottery. Masterminded by Nick Perry, the lottery’s television announcer, the scheme focused on the Daily Number game, in which players pay to select a three-digit number in hopes of matching theirs to the one drawn from a container of numbered ping-pong balls. The balls are selected by a vacuum, so Perry planned to cheat the game by weighting all but two of the balls—numbers four and six—and buying combinations of those numbers. Did it work? More…Discuss
Japanese Masters of JKA Japan Karate Association, with stories and explanations of Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama (1913-1987). One of the best video work about Shotokan Karate-Do.
My take on the Shotokan as practice of self discovery and betterment:
A journey into the potential we all have and few further one breath at a time: Karate is about self discovery, to the extend where the most fundamental reaction in others can be predicted, by your own reactions: Because fundamentally we are one.
Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a wonderful martial art. Besides being very effective for combat it is also excellent for health promotion and spiritual cultivation. Many people, however, are not aware of its combative and spiritual aspects. Even those who practise Tai Chi Chuan solely for health often do not get the best benefits of its health aspect. This article will explain why, and suggest ways you may adopt to get more benefits from your Tai Chi Chuan training.
The term ‘Tai Chi Chuan’ is a short form of ‘Taiji quanfa’. ‘Taiji’ is the Chinese word meaning ‘the grand ultimate’ or the cosmos. And ‘quanfa’ means ‘fist techniques’ or martial art. Tai Chi Chuan, therefore, means ‘Cosmos Kungfu‘. Indeed every movement in Tai Chi Chuan is made according to martial considerations, i.e. a Tai Chi Chuan practitioner moves the way he moves in a Tai Chi Chuan performance because that particular way gives him the best technical advantage in a given combat situation. Hence if you say that you practise Tai Chi Chuan for health and not for fighting, you probably do not realize that Tai Chi Chuan actually means Cosmos martial art, and that virtually all great Tai Chi Chuan masters in the past practised it for fighting.
(Read more at: http://www.shaolin-wahnam.org/taichi.html)
Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville and film star, and writer. Her 1907 performance of “water ballet” is often credited with popularizing the sport of synchronized swimming. Kellerman was also known for advocating the right of women to wear one-piece bathing suits and was once famously arrested for indecency for doing so herself. In 1908, a Harvard University professor named her the “Perfect Woman” because of the similarity of her physical attributes to what figure? More…Discuss
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