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Speedo’s New Record-Breaking Swimsuit

It was just last night that I noticed that no Olympic swimmers are wearing the hi-tech full-body LZR suits that were all over the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It turns out those were banned by Olympic officials. The new rules, in effect since 2010, permit only “jammers,” suits from the kneecap to navel for men, and [...]

What Do Olympians Eat? 5 Crazy Training Diets

Back in 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, we were regaled with stories about the monstrous 12,000 calorie daily diet that American swimming sensation Michael Phelps consumed while gearing up for the Games. Alas, Phelps revealed last month his diet has never been that gargantuan. “I never ate that much,” he said. “It’s all a myth. [...]

The 25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years

by Jennifer Drapkin, Kevin O’Donnell and Ky Henderson They’re not the most beautiful songs, or the most musically important. In fact, a few could literally drive you nuts. But the following tunes—some as old as Mozart, others as current as Beyoncé—have fundamentally altered the world we live in at some point in the last quarter century. [...]

10 Previous Word of the Year Candidates That Didn’t Catch On

Last week Oxford Dictionaries named “squeezed middle” the Global Word of the Year,* edging out terms like “clicktivism,” “fracking” and “tiger mother.” A quick look through past lists like these tells us Words of the Year don’t always stand the test of time. Here are ten examples. 1. Bushlips Anyone who remembers George H. W. Bush’s [...]