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The Weird Nicknames of 8 Spy Agency Headquarters

Because being a secret agent isn’t cool enough, spymasters tend to build elaborate headquarters buildings with really great nicknames. Here are a few headquarters known for their vodka martinis, Aston Martins, and Walther pistols. 1. Legoland The British Secret Intelligence Service (also called MI6, but more famously known as James Bond’s employer) was only officially acknowledged as [...]

Here’s Your Jetpack

Jetpacks have long been a staple of American futurism: we believe that soon, just down the line a bit, we’ll be able to strap on a jet-powered backpack and fly to work. But, decade after decade, no jetpacks. At least not at my house. The “Where’s My Jetpack?” notion is such [...]

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, [...]

6 Olympians Who Don’t Keep Their Medals in a Sock Drawer

For being such rare, magical creatures, gold medals seem to get second-rate treatment once they land in the hands of Olympians. You’d be surprised how many athletes either misplace them or shove them in a sock drawer. Here are a few athletes who got a little more creative with theirs. 1. Carl Lewis: His Father’s [...]

Remembering Reebok’s “Dan and Dave” Campaign 20 Years Later

Getty Images Twenty years ago, Reebok introduced us to “Dan and Dave.” Once American sports fans moved beyond their game of word association — “Who?” — the two men involved became part of one of the most memorable marketing campaigns in history despite a letdown of Olympic proportions. In 1992, Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson were given such [...]

The First Amputee to Qualify for the Olympics

Getty Images Oscar Pistorius is one of the best stories of the 2012 London Games. Yesterday, the South African double amputee advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 400-meters. He’ll also compete in the 4×400-meter relay. Pistorius, who runs on specially designed carbon-fiber prosthetics called Cheetahs, is the first amputee to compete in track at the [...]

Why Won’t Team USA Dip the Flag at the Opening Ceremonies?

Getty Images For the last 100 years, the Olympic spirit has come with an asterisk for the United States. It’s not doping. It’s not underage gymnasts. In fact, if you’re not looking closely, you’ll miss it at the Opening Ceremonies: the United States will be the only country that refuses to dip its flag when passing [...]

World’s Smallest Olympic Rings

The London 2012 Summer Olympics is almost here, and to commemorate that event, here’s the smallest ever Olympic rings symbol as imaged by researchers from IBM Zurich, University of Warwick and the Royal Society of Chemistry: [...]

Mystery creature reported at Olympic Park

Experts are baffled by a mystery creature on the loose in the waters surrounding London’s Olympic Park. With the 2012 Summer Olympics just months away…

Johan’s Ark

Twenty years ago Dutch native, Johan Huibers had a dream about devastating floods so he did what any sensible person would do and determined to build a seaworthy ark. It’s 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high, half the size of the Titanic. After three years of work it is near completion [...]