Instead of going down the slope, you go up it, using a parachute to drag you. The inventors of this sport call it "wind mountaineering". And they're trying to raise money to help them commercialize the idea. Their site is upski.com.
Nike recently filed a patent application for "a golf ball that includes carbon dioxide absorbents in order that the golf ball may reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to aid in alleviating global warming."
So if we all just play more golf, that global warming thing should be reversed in no time! [via Mother Jones]
Donkey Baseball (which is, as the name implies, baseball played while riding on donkeys) became a popular fad in the 1930s. But it wasn't always fun and games. There was one case of a donkey baseball fatality. In 1934, William Beck fell from his donkey three times in the course of trying to make first base. The fourth time he fell, he fractured his spine and died. [Gettysburg Times - Aug 6, 1934]
In this 1991 article, the AP described "weekend hobos" as practitioners of a sport that was "catching on among business people and other professionals." I'm curious if that's still true. Are there a lot of people out there who take off their jacket and ties at end-of-work on Friday, and spend the weekend hopping trains?
How do all these guys not have broken legs? I didn't really believe people could play football on unicycles, but now there are nine teams competing in Texas. How do you even throw a football while on a unicycle being chased by other uni-cyclists?
Great slow motion action with great music!!
Here's a link to a USA Today story about Unicycle Football:
According to the rules of the All-American Soap Box Derby, the racing cars had to run by gravity alone. But in 1973, suspicion fell on the winner of the Derby, 14-year-old Jimmy Gronen, when officials noticed that his car mysteriously "surged forward" at the start. Inspection uncovered a powerful electromagnet installed in the nose of his car. A switch behind the headrest activated the electromagnet, attracting it to the metal rod used to hold back the car at the starting line, giving it an initial boost of speed. The cheating scandal shocked the nation. An Ohio prosecutor said, "It's like seeing apple pie, motherhood and the American flag grinding to a halt." [via dailycamera.com]