Aug 10 2012

Non-Stick Sand

Why doesn’t sand stick to beach volleyball players? YAHOO! Sports 

The sand used in competition is heavily regulated by the International Volleyball Federation. There are no pebbles or bits of shells. The shape ensures a smoother grain. The size is Goldilocks style: not too small or too big. Why doesn't it stick? Because it's designed not to.

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Aug 10 2012

Is It Really Gold?

 

You've just won a gold medal! So why are you trying to eat it? TODAY 

It takes years of grueling training and competition to nab gold at the Olympics. So why do the winners immediately chomp on their hard-earned prizes?

The simple answer: Because the photographers ask them to, says David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and author of “The Complete Book of the Olympics, via email.

While Olympic historians aren’t sure which athlete started the trend, they believe the athletes nibble their prizes to test the metal. People once bit gold coins try to make an indent; a small tooth mark in a coin assured it consisted of real gold, which is more malleable than counterfeit gold-plated lead coins. 

“We know that only in 1912 the gold medals were real gold and that in all later Olympics the gold medals were made from silver with a gilt layer to show it as being gold,” explains Tony Bijkerk, secretary-general of the International Society of Olympic Historians via email. The 2012 medals contain 1.34 percent of gold, making it one of the biggest medals.

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Aug 09 2012

Overcoming Multiple sclerosis

Yesterday, a man shared with us a miraculous story of how God healed him from blindness and Multiple Sclerosis. 

What miracle has God worked in your life?

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Aug 09 2012

Making Olympic History

After making Olympic history, Saudi runner says she can make ‘a huge difference.’ The Washington Post

Sarah Attar finished last and more than a half-minute slower than her nearest competitor in the women’s 800 meters. Yet hundreds rose to give her a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line.

For the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics, the principle was more important than the performance Wednesday.

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