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What Happened to Starting Races With Real Pistols?

Getty Images When Usain Bolt, Wallace Spearmon and the rest of the field line up for today’s 200-meter race, they’ll kick off the race not at the fire of a pistol, but a noise triggered by an electronic gun. Did previous Games use actual pistols? Yes, but they’ve been scrapped for both safety and fairness. The guns [...]

Rodent, or NOT a Rodent?

According to Grandpa, any wild mammal that invades your home or garden is a rodent, often lovingly referred to as a “varmint.” This turns out to be not quite so. We know that mice, rats, and hamsters are rodents, but other animals that resemble mice or rats may or may not belong to the order [...]

National Geographic’s International Photo Contest 2009

Photo: Michael Johnson The Big Picture blog is showcasing 25 entries in this year’s photography contest that National Geographic hosts, asking the world to send in their best. You can vote on each entry here. Michael Johnson took this shot and wrote the caption: This bee was unfortunate enough to land in my pool, but he made [...]