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Time-Lapse Video Of Massive LEGO Vampire Being Built

(YouTube Link) A massive LEGO art vampire was built in New Orleans to officially usher in the Halloween season, and the fun part is- it was built by a crowd of people! Here’s more on this epic scale LEGO build: LEGO kicked off the countdown to the Halloween season by inviting the New Orleans community to build a [...]

11 of the Craziest Events in Olympic History

Olympic history books are filled with stories of amazing individual performances and team achievements. But from poorly conceived competitions to spectators attacking the judges, a lot of crazy stuff has happened along the way. 1. Killing Animals Causes Horror, Fainting Live Pigeon Shooting, 1900 Paris Olympics Live Pigeon Shooting was the only time in Olympic history when [...]

How Much Gold is in a Gold Medal?

On our last semi-regular “Ask Matt” day, reader Mel asked, “Are there standards for just how much gold is in those gold medals these Olympic athletes are getting?” Getty Images The amount of gold in medals is indeed regulated, and there’s a lot less than there used to be. The prizes awarded at the Olympics have varied over [...]

Bygone Olympic Event: Men’s All-Around Dumbbell

As you watch the glitzy coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, perhaps you pine for simpler times. Like, for instance, the bygone era of the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, when the Olympic Games had a [...]

From 1912 to 1948, Art Competitions Were Part of the Olympics

Over the next two weeks, we’ll take a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912-1948. International Olympic Committee, 1896/Getty Images French aristocrat and educationalist Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (seated, at left) was the man primarily responsible for reviving [...]

Bygone Olympic Event: Distance Plunging

At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, competitors took part in a water event called the distance plunge. That was the only year it was part of the games. The event required athletes to dive into the pool and coast underwater without moving their limbs. After 60 seconds had passed – or competitors had floated to [...]

4 Cases of All-Star Voter Fraud

When Major League Baseball announced its All-Star rosters, there was the usual brief outburst of indignation about how certain players got left off of the Midsummer Classic squads. As usual, these fierce, ultimately trivial debates lasted for around 36 hours. At least these snubbed players weren’t the victims of voter fraud, though. Although the [...]

12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

Sex Circuit of a Male Fruit Fly

Image: Vanessa Ruta Hello, Drosophila ladies! The good news is that scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered the secret of what makes male fruit flies go crazy for you. The bad [...]

The Scandalous History of Arlington National Cemetery

UPI/Kevin Dietsch /LANDOV Arlington is some of the most hallowed ground in the United States. More than 400,000 fallen servicemen and women are buried there and are honored with a service every Memorial Day. But despite its great importance, the cemetery has had more than its share of scandals over the last 148 years. Illegal Beginnings Arlington isn’t [...]