Nobody wants to host the 2022 Olympics


The only bids remaining are Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing (which has no mountains) -- all the other states that had bid have pulled out following devastating popular opposition (the remaining cities are in countries where the public doesn't get a vote).

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Amazing marching band performance of The Wizard of Oz

On Saturday, Ohio State University's marching band performed this fantastic tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Video: billiards trick shots

Amazing trick shots by Ziemowit Janaszek.

History of mountain biking

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Collectors Weekly looks at the birth of mountain biking and the legendary 1976 Repack race in Marin, California:

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New wind-tunnel tests find surprising gains in cycling efficiency from leg-shaving

A 1987 wind-tunnel trial established that leg-shaving was basically useless, used a miniature leg-model with hair glued to it for its control; when the experiment was re-run this year with a human leg, the savings were a whopping seven percent.

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Leather boxing glove chair


Lithuanian maker Ornald created this Boxing Glove leather chair, and he's selling it for $808. It ships unfilled, so you'll have to top it up with polystyrene beads on arrival. (via Neatorama)

Sportsfans offered toilet-seat made of mystery meat & beer-cheese


The Horse Collar is a $20 monster kielbasa sold at the Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field, intended for consumption by two persons ("If you can tackle this one alone, you're a champ" -Lambeau Field executive chef Heath Barbato).

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Telerobotic baseball fans

Korea's Hanwha Eagles baseball team have installed rows of telerobot "fans" in the stadium that are controlled by remote spectators. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)

Philosopher referee hand-signals

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(via Bruce Sterling)

The Robin Van Persie World Cup goal score as a flipbook animation

It's an ad for Stabilo pens, but what a wonderful ad! [via Reddit, HT: Dean Putney]

RoboCop throws out first pitch

It was RoboCop Day in Detroit yesterday and the man-machine threw the ceremonial first pitch at last night's Detroit Tigers game, although sadly it wasn't Peter Weller in the suit (nor Joel Kinnaman); meanwhile, the city's crowdfunded RoboCop bronze statue is slated for completion later this year.

HOWTO: Post-bureaucratic flotsam kayak


Johntonta grew weary of the meaningless modern round of office slavery, so he created a kayak made from desk-lumber, a business-suit skin, computer-wire lashings. He documented the Post-bureaucratic jetsam kayak on Instructables so you too can sail away on the careless seas.

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New footage of FDR walking

A new bit of footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt walking, a rare sight after he was paralyzed by polio, was publicly shown for the first time; the clip was shot in 1937 at Washington, DC's Griffith Stadium by baseball player Jimmie DeShong.

Video: extreme pogo sticking

XPogo presents "Cooligans," a montage of pogo stick insanity.

Table tennis robot

Update: switched out the cheesy and substantially faked tennis robot ad for an actual, honest-to god tennis robot that can actually play table tennis.

Enjoy this table tennis match fought out by German champion Timo Boll, a robot, and irremediable cinematic pretension. [Video Link] Previously.