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(YouTube link) Kids in Cameroon made a steerable toy car with stuff they had. Give them all an “A” in elementary engineering! -via Arbroath

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal. Here’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Places You Don’t Want to Swim

With the high temperatures lately, my neighbor has made a habit of taking midday dips in the kiddie pool in her backyard. (I know this because she sings with the radio and splashes water in rhythm.) Speaking of places I never want to swim, here are ten lakes, pools, and beaches you should approach with [...]

Busuu: A Language That Only 8 People Speak

Busuu is a language that is only spoken by eight people in the world (according to Wikipedia this may be as low as three people as of 2005) in Cameroon. To help save this dying language the folks at Busuu.com have created a music video in the Busuu language. See the full video at the [...]

8 U.S. Presidents With Statues Abroad

Every former U.S. president has been honored with a statue in the United States, some more than others. A handful of the 43 men who have held the nation’s highest office have also been honored with statues abroad. Here are a few examples, including some that may surprise you. 1. George W. Bush—Albania Bush will always [...]

Grieving Chimps

Photo: Monica Szczupider / National Geographic When Dorothy, a beloved female chimp died at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, her burial was witnessed by the rest of the chimps residing there. Monica Szczupider took this photo that showed a wall of grieving chimps paying their last respect: Speaking about Dorothy, Miss Szczupider, 30, said the chimp [...]

Eye Worm Loa loa filariasis

Stop right there. Don’t go any further. Some things can’t be unseen. You’re brain isn’t a hard drive from which you can permanently erase images. These images will sear into your neocortex, much to your eyeballs’ dismay. Scroll down to find out why. But if you don’t want to know why and you want to [...]