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Radi-Aid

(YouTube link) Africans are banding together to help their brothers and sisters in Norway. The goal is to send radiators to those poor cold Norwegians, and spread the warmth of global brotherhood. The theme song is performed by an all-star group called Africa for Norway. Link -via Everlasting Blort

15 Awesome Kickstarter Projects

I love the site Kickstarter, which enables people to raise funds for all kinds of projects, from indie comic books to clothing lines to theater performances. Every time I browse through the projects, I notice just how many of them are the kinds of projects our readers would love–educational yet playful, quirky and scientific, fan [...]

The 12 Times NHL Goalies Scored Goals Themselves

ADAM HUNGER/Reuters/Landov New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who has helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals, is part of an exclusive club. Brodeur is one of 10 goalies who has scored a goal in an NHL game and one of two goalies who has scored twice. Here’s the complete list. 1. Billy Smith, 1979 Smith, [...]

Soccer Team Hadn’t Scored a Goal in Five Matches, So Fans Helpfully Pointed Arrows toward the Goal

The soccer team of Magdeburg, Germany wasn’t doing well. Fans suspected that the players didn’t know where the opposing goal was and were just too embarrassed to ask. So at a recent match against a Berlin team, they held up arrows that discreetly pointed it out. The effort was successful, and Magdeburg scored a single [...]

The Strangest Soccer Match Ever Played

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. In 1994, twenty-one Caribbean nations gathered on the soccer pitch to play for the Shell Caribbean Cup. Trinidad and Tobago would emerge victorious, beating—among many—Barbados along the way. But the two [...]

Free Wheelchairs for the Poor

Ten years ago, Don Schoendorfer went on a trip to India that changed his life. He wasn’t touched by the culture’s ancient roots or inspired by the vibrant colors of the local scenery. Instead, he was heart-broken when he saw a disabled woman dragging herself through the dirt. Immediately upon returning home, Don made it his [...]

Crazy Penalty Kick

(Video Link) Last Sunday, the UAE defeated Lebanon 6-2. Awana Diab scored a goal with a creative penalty kick that was struck with his heel: Diab’s setup seemed like any other for a penalty, but as he ran up to the ball, he stopped, turned around and backheeled the it toward the goal. Stunned by the audacity, [...]

PVC Beasts That Walk on Their Own

Theo Jansen is an artist (technically, a sculptor) who creates strandbeests — PVC sculptures that operate like simple robots. The strandbeests can walk using wind power, some can dig themselves into the ground when the wind gets too strong, and some can even detect when they touch obstacles or water. Jansen builds them and sets [...]

Shotguns vs. Footballs

What do you get when you combine field goal kicking and skeet shooting? A lot of dead footballs. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Afrojacks

Soccer FAIL

(Video Link) It’s Uzbekistan vs. Qatar in the 2010 Asian Games. First, the Uzbek goalie trips over his own feet. Then the Qatari forward misses an unopposed kick directly in front of the Uzbek goal. Then another Qatari player kicks the ball completely over the goal. And that’s in just ten seconds. via Ace of Spades [...]