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Deutsch: Bill Gates während der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz 2017. Credit: Kuhlmann /MSC (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY 3.0</a>)
Deutsch: Bill Gates während der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz 2017. Credit: Kuhlmann /MSC (CC BY 3.0)
William H. Gates III had business on his mind from the very beginning. One day when he was ten years old, Gates drew up a contract—giving him unlimited access to his older sister's baseball mitt.
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Plumber at work. Flickr photo by rick/spine (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Plumber at work. Flickr photo by rick/spine (CC BY-SA 2.0)
While vacationing near Salzburg one day in 2002, Dutch plumber Rene Braber and his friends struck up a friendly soccer game with some other campers. Braber, playing in goal, was spotted by a scout—and was soon offered a contract by Austria Salzburg, one of Austria's top soccer teams. [Though Braber had played for an amateur Dutch team (SV Meerssen) and had been scouted by other clubs in the past, nothing had ever come of it.]
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Television and movie personality Mike Myers speaks about his family’s military heritage during the 2017 Invictus Games opening press conference in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (Department of Defense photo by EJ Hersom). Credit: DoD News (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

Television and movie personality Mike Myers speaks about his family’s military heritage during the 2017 Invictus Games opening press conference ...(more)

In the late 1980s, Mike Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan. The pair met at a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game after Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation.* The couple married in 1993 and filed for divorce in 2005. * According to some accounts, Ruzan was hit by a puck and Myers moved in to "offer assistance". [Myers, a hard-core Toronto Maple Leafs fan who briefly appeared in the hockey film Mystery, Alaska, named many of his dogs after hockey players. Hockey references are also littered throughout Mike's films. General Borschevsky and Commander Gilmour, from Austin Powers, were named after Canadian hockey players (as are all of Mike's dog. And ...
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Steve Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins during a game against the Dallas Stars November 11, 2011 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Credit: Michael Miller (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)

Steve Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins during a game against the Dallas Stars November 11, 2011 at Consol Energy Center ...(more)

During a game against the Colorado Avalanche one night (in Colorado), Chicago Blackhawks right winger Steve Sullivan was hit in the face by an errant puck. Adding insult to injury was an obnoxious fan in the stands who obnoxiously laughed at and mocked Sullivan for several minutes... Some time later, Sullivan (having endured a dozen stitches and returned to the game) was amused to see Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy accidentally clear the puck over the boards, giving the Blackhawks a two-minute power play (for delay of game) while unwittingly doling out some poetic justice. The puck, incredibly, hit the obnoxious fan in the face.
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during a game against the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on November 25, 2009. Credit: slgckgc (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during a game against the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, ...(more)

"There's a moment when all the aches and pains are worthwhile," New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur declared in 2000, "when you get to hoist the Stanley Cup. Unlike other sports, where the trophy sits behind glass somewhere, in hockey you get to hang out with the Stanley Cup. Everyone on the team gets a turn taking it home. When we won it in 1995, I drove around Montreal with the Cup in the passenger seat—wearing a seat belt. It just about stopped traffic. "This year I took it home and had a party for my buddies. We played a street-hockey game, and we had the Cup on the sidewalk. The police closed the street, and 50 people came ...
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NY Polo Grounds, center field c. 1952. Wikipedia photo from Dick Huffman, courtesy of Eddie Huffman (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
NY Polo Grounds, center field c. 1952. Wikipedia photo from Dick Huffman, courtesy of Eddie Huffman (CC BY-SA 2.0)
In 2001, the San Francisco Giants admitted that, when the team was based in New York decades earlier, they used an elaborate sign-stealing system at their home field (the Polo Grounds). "Coach Herman Franks would sit in the Giants clubhouse," ESPN reports, "conveniently located past center field, and use a telescope to read the catcher's signs. He'd then set off a bell or buzzer in the Giants bullpen that would identify the next pitch, and a relay man would signal it in to the hitter." "Did it help them erase the 13-game lead the Dodgers had in August of 1951? Did Bobby Thomson know what Ralph Branca was throwing when he hit his 'Shot heard around the world?' Those questions ...
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Munich Olympiapark
Aerial view of Munich's Olympiapark. Photo from Wikipedia user Tiia Monto (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Aerial view of Munich's Olympiapark. Photo from Wikipedia user Tiia Monto (CC BY-SA 3.0)
"A relaxing start is essential to anyone who really wants to enjoy a race," says Stephen Pile in Cannibals in the Cafeteria. "The finest such start was achieved by the American athletes Eddie Hart and Ray Robinson, who held the 100 metres world record. In 1972 [n Munich] they pulled out something a little bit extra, missed the bus from the Olympic village and watched their own race on television. This gave them a much fuller overall sense of the whole event."  
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<i>Rose of Soweto: The Dingaan Thobela Story</i>, by Deon Potgieter
Rose of Soweto: The Dingaan Thobela Story, by Deon Potgieter
In April 2003, South African boxer Dingaan Thobela (the so-called "Rose of Soweto") missed a scheduled fight against Mads Larsen in Denmark. The problem? Thobela (a former world lightweight and super middleweight champion) took one look at his heavily tattooed opponent, left his clothes and luggage in his hotel, and fled in a panic. [Thobela had lost his last three fights; Larsen had won all but one of his 43 fights, 36 of them by a knockout. Danish boxing promoter Mogens Palle demanded that Thobelas be suspended all over the world.]
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Shawn Murray in action
Shawn Murray in action
Shawn Murray did not become a three-time world wakeboarding champion without sustaining some injuries. Perhaps the most memorable occurred at the Gravity Games one year when Murray fell, landed awkwardly. and cried out: "Oh my balls!" The audience, less than 100 feet away, exploded into fits of laughter.  * Wakeboarding slang for the pain caused by such an accident? "Fire-nuts." 
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A typical flyswatter. Wikipedia photo from Heron (cropped) (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
A typical flyswatter. Wikipedia photo from Heron (cropped) (CC BY-SA 3.0)
One day in 1905, Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine of the Kansas State Board of Health found himself watching a baseball game in Topeka, Kansas while pondering how to reduce the spread of typhoid fever by flies during hot Kansas summers. With the score tied and a man on third base in the bottom of the eighth inning, Topeka fans began screaming "Sacrifice fly! Sacrifice fly!" and "Swat the ball! Swat the ball!"—and Crumbine suddenly had an inspiration: "Swat the fly!" Though he popularized the idea, Crumbine did not actually invent the fly swatter. A schoolteacher named Frank Rose read his article (entitled "Swat the Fly") in an issue of Fly Bulletin and made the first swatter from a yardstick ...