WHAT IT'S LIKE TO RIDE A FOUR-PERSON BOBSLED
This video, shot with a GoPro camera, gives us a glimpse of the excitement involved with bobsledding. This is a four-person bobsled but the camera is at the front so we don't see the driver of other three men.
FEMALE VERSIONS OF MALE U.S. PRESIDENTS
A Reddit user who calls him/herself ygdrssl created these makeovers of American presidents with an app called FaceApp using only an iPhone.
There is no reason for this. There is no statement to be made. But it's fun to look at – every president since 1900. Thank Jim Stone for sending this. Here are some samples.
JOHN OLIVER ON WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE TO AMERICA
Hurray! John Oliver is back hosting a new season of his HBO program, Last Week Tonight. Among the questions he tackles is this: Is anything about Trump funny anymore?
Be sure to stick around for the end where Oliver manages to work dinosaurs and the New York Gay Men's Chorus into the finale.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT WINTER
It's been extra cold for the past week where I live in Oregon. Even a bit of snow. But the crocuses are already up and the daphne is blooming so spring can't be too far behind.
But before we leave this season behind, here are some surprising facts about winter:
More than 22 million tons of salt are used on U.S. Roads Each Winter. That comes to about 137 pounds of salt per person.
The Snowiest City on Earth is in Japan. Aomori City in northern Japan receives more snowfall than any major city on the planet. Each year citizens are pummeled with 312 inches, or about 26 feet, of snow on average.
Snowflakes aren't always unique. Snow crystals usually form unique patterns, but there’s at least one instance of identical snowflakes in the record books. In 1988, two snowflakes collected from a Wisconsin storm were confirmed to be twins at an atmospheric research center in Colorado.
There are 12 more facts about winter at Mental Floss.
A SHORT HISTORY OF SPORTS
According to this video, the first recorded sport in history was spear throwing which started in about 70,000 BC. Bowling was the first known ball game – in Egypt in 3200 B.C.
There is plenty more to know about the history of sports in this video.
5 PLACES REPUBLICANS BAN GUNS FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY
It is doubtful you have missed the news of the terrible shooting in Florida last week and the continuing inspiration of the high school's survivors to confront our lawmakers about better gun control.
During all the discussion, town halls, funerals, sadness and pain, this turned up - a list of five places Republican ban guns for their own personal safety:
- The White House
- The Republican National Convention
- U.S. Capitol Building
- Republican Town Halls
It's worth your time to read the full story at Alternet.
TEMPERATURE DROPS 70 DEGREES IN 40 HOURS IN DENVER
A lot of winter items in this list today. This one is ab out the astonishing 72-degree drop in the temperaturfe in Denver in fewer than 48 hours:
There is a bit more information at CBSnews.
HEDGEHOG HIGHWAYS IN LONDON
They are cute little buggers, hedgehogs are. London has always had a large population of hedgehogs but numbers have been dropping precipitously due to habitat destruction.
To the rescue is an organization building tiny little highways to help the critters get to the parks and gardens wooded areas and other vegetation they like. Here are some photos:
Find out a lot more at Atlas Obscura.
YALE WHIFFENPOOFS ADMIT FIRST WOMAN EVER
Yale's Whiffenpoofs just admitted the first woman into their a capella singing group.
”The campaign for the Whiffs to accept women gained momentum only recently,” reports The New York Times. “After the Whiffenpoofs voted against admitting them in 2016, a record number of female singers auditioned anyway and an online petition circulated urging the Whiffs to reverse the decision.”
Here are the 2017 Wiffenpoofs singing their signature song.
Read more about the first woman Wiffenpoof and how it came about here.
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