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The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)

A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal. Now that the London Games are through, it’s time to update our list with the countries that netted their first-ever medal this summer, and the two countries that have now moved into multiple medal territory. First-time medals Bahrain Getty Images Bahrain thought [...]

The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal

Earlier today, we quizzed you on the countries that have won more than 100 Olympic medals. Now it’s time for the other side of the equation. Twenty-one countries have won just one medal. Here are the stories of the national heroes who brought them home. Afghanistan OMAR SOBHANI/Reuters/Landov Despite making appearances at 12 Olympic Games since 1936, Afghanistan [...]

Borat National Anthem Played at Medal Ceremony

Big Oops of the Day: After Kazakh athlete Maria Dmitrienko won gold medal in target shooting at the 10th Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait, she stood in the podium to hear her national anthem. But, instead they played [...]

Mall Santa Delivers Christmas Wish

Four-year-old Dominic McCracken-Bruce and his 2-year-old brother Tyson only asked for one thing for Christmas -their Mommy. Army Reserve Capt. Dawn McCracken-Bruce was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait for the past nine months. When she came home for the holidays, she and her husband decided to surprise the boys during their visit with Santa Claus [...]

5 Tyrants Who Died Relatively Peaceful Deaths (and 5 Who Weren’t So Lucky)

According to Herodotus, when the Athenian lawgiver Solon visited Croesus, the fabulously wealthy king of Lydia, Croesus — showing off his riches and sumptuous palace — asked Solon who the happiest man in the world was, arrogantly assuming Solon’s answer would be the king himself. But the king was disappointed and angry when Solon named [...]

Beyond Spectacular: Super Climb!

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Beyond Spectacular: Super Climb! This is Ueli Steck’s record speed solo climb of the the Eiger’s radical North Face (from the film “Swiss Machine”, created by Sender Films). He did it in just… 2 hours, 47 minutes and 33 seconds: Link Today’s pictures & links: Sprawling Monster This is Ferrari World: the newest Abu [...]

The Late Movies: Sesame Street International

All over the world, little children learn their letters, numbers, and bad jokes watching the Muppets on their local version of Sesame Street. Here’s a sample of the shows from the far corners of the earth. Denmark Elmo sounds the same, even in Danish! The show is called Sesamgade. * Indonesia Cookie Monster appears on an episode of Jalan Sesama. * Kuwait The [...]

Link Latte 154

#154 – Week of March 26, 2011 New Mind-boggling Tsunami Video – [wow nature]Our Solar System in a Beautiful Motion – [cool site]Pop-up Restaurant Comes Near You! – [architecture]Sinister Black: Sand Storm in Kuwait – [wow video]Fantastic Photos of White Sea Jelly Fish – [nature]Awesome/Creepy Japanese Dancers – [Machine Civilization]Surreal Art by Craola, more – [wow [...]

Secret Romance Novelists

PIUS II Before becoming the Vatican’s top dog in 1458, Pius “the coolest-pope-in-history” II was an adventurer who traveled abroad on spy missions for the papacy, a smooth-talking diplomat, and a prolific writer. (Think of him as a kind of medieval James Bond with a slightly different collar.) His Eurialus and Lucretia is still read today, [...]

6,600 Miles Away: Bahraini Artists

Reader Paul A. lives in Bahrain, part of a region whose artists have not yet been covered in “Feel Art Again.” While much less information is available (especially in English) on Bahraini artists (and artists from other small countries), I focused on Bahraini artists today because it’s important for us to remember that there are [...]