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Between Two Trucks

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Between Two Trucks… This is one of the most incredible stunts we’ve seen: called the “Ballerina Stunt”, this is walking the high line between two speeding trucks, hoping to make it before the line hits the tunnel… Link Today’s pictures & links: Penthouse, Redefined Some private cottages situated on top of the eight-story mall [...]

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 [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

Ten 2012 Olympians to Keep Your Eyes On

Thousands of athletes from all over the world are in London for the 2012 Olympics. Many of them are already stars, having trained their entire lives for this chance at gold. For some, getting there has been a struggle against poverty, politics, prejudice, and other disadvantages. Here are a few that you’ll want to know [...]

It’s Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country. But here’s a list of five international borders that, for one reason or another, are not quite that simple. 1. The Indian Exclave in Bangladesh [...]

We Are All Americans: The World’s Response to 9/11

© Michel Setboun/Corbis A decade ago this week, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States. Here are few of those international reactions, both organized and spontaneous, that occurred in the days following September 11, 2001. In London, the Star Spangled Banner played during [...]

Keep on Truckin’: 15 Stories of Life After Sports

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard retired in 1982. Then again in 1984. Enough, he said once more in 1987. And 1991. And finally in 1997. Long before quarterback Brett Favre made retirement an annual and reversible rite, Leonard demonstrated that on the subject of possibly hanging it up for good and starting a new career he [...]

The World’s Newest Nation

Today is the official birth date of South Sudan, a new nation that is independent from Sudan as of today. Crowds in the capital of Juba celebrated by dancing in the streets and chanting “Freedom!” South Sudan’s sovereignty officially breaks Africa’s largest nation into two. It is the result of a January referendum overwhelmingly approved by South [...]

Cultural Differences

(Video link) Cultural differences can manifest themselves in ways people never consider until they cross from one culture to another. In this clip, refugees from Sudan encounter America for the first time, and find it quite different from their homeland. This is from the 2006 National Geographic movie God Grew Tired of Us. -via reddit

The Late Movies: 10 Great Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (on Netflix)

If you haven’t discovered Netflix and its instant streaming feature yet, it’s pretty magical. I watch so many more movies now because of it — and I’m much more quick to turn off the ones I’m not enjoying than I would be if I were renting the movies on physical discs, which means I end [...]