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Swiss cops' dawn raid snags top FIFA officials


Six top executives of international football's (notoriously corrupt) governing body were arrested at the crack of dawn in their Zurich hotel by Swiss police acting on a US criminal corruption warrant.

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Explaining Cricket

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Springtime turns American minds to college basketball, but the world is not watching. No, everyone else is fixated on the Cricket World Cup, going on right now, which brags a TV viewership of 1.85 billion.

Hating to be left out, my wife wanted to know what the fixation was, and she challenged my knowledge of the game, which my brain kept interpreting as an insect. Together, we spelunked down the YouTube rabbit hole, only to get more confused the more we tried to understand. Here's what we learned:

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Tactical cutlery


The Buck 941 Travelmate Kit Chocolate Paperstone Knife is a tactical spreading knife with a clip-on multispork.

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Long-exposure shot of a rock-climber wearing glowsticks


Redditor Shatteredankle went rock-climbing with glowsticks affixed to wrists and ankles, and took a long-exposure shot of the result -- gorgeous.

WATCH: Adrian Lewis' perfect nine-dart finish at 2015 World Championships

Adrian Lewis accomplished a rare televised perfect nine-dart finish at the 2015 PDC World Darts Championships this week. Even if you know nothing about darts, it's pretty cool!

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Redskins owner sues Native Americans who testified on racism to Trademark Office

Having lost his trademark over its overt racism, Daniel Snyder has taken the unusual step of suing the five Native American people who testified before the US Patent and Trademark Office hearing, which led to the finding that Snyder's team's name was "disparaging to Native Americans."

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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.