Canadians repaid sportsmanship with maple syrup at the Turin Olympics—5 tons of it.

Try for a lifetime to earn this achievement and it probably wouldn't happen. There are not many things one could do to earn an inexhaustible supply of maple syrup. In this case, the task completed to earn this massive resource was sportsmanship. At the Turin Olympics, a Norwegian ski coach gave a Canadian a spare ski pole after hers broke. The Canadian went on to win silver medal, beating the Norwegians, who finished fourth, by two places.

In response, the people of the red maple leaf were so touched that they collectively gave the Norwegian coach 5.2 tons of maple syrup! About 7,400 cans were shipped to Norway.

What was even sweeter about this whole deal is that the Canadians and Norwegians both agreed to wave any of the shipping duties that might make the maple syrup too expensive to transport.

While you may not be recognized in a way exactly like this, all athletes are encouraged to mimic the sportsmanship that the Norwegian ski coach demonstrated at the Olympics. Of course, nothing is impossible. You might very well earn your own 5.2 tons of maple syrup someday.


Astronauts leave little memorabilia of fallen comrades on the moon during their trips up there! This is touching

Talk about staking your territory. Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut in the mid 1900s, famous for being the first man to enter space and complete an orbit around the earth, left yet another legacy when a satchel of hismedals of and those fellow astronaut Vladimir Komarov's was left on the surface of the moon by the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Later, a small 8 and a half centimeter aluminum figure dubbed a "Fallen Astronaut" and a plaque were also left on the moon commemorating not only Gagarin, but also 14 others who had died in space.

While Gagarin did not suffer the fate of those who perished in the line of duty, he still passed away furthering the mission of space exploration during a training exercise in a Mig-5 practice jet, along with flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin. There were many theories and conspiracies as to the causes of Yuri Gagarin's death, but it is a general consensus that his crash was caused by a sudden and unrecoverable spin or dive brought on by either another airborne object or by the condition of the plain.

Despite the early end to his accomplished life, Gagarin lives on through the meaningful tributes left for him and other astronauts in the ultimate match of king of the hill on the moon.


The temporary town set up for Burning Man in Nevada has a higher population than the state Capital!

As of 2013, Black Rock City, a temporary town sprung up for the Burning Man Festival comprises a population of over 60,000 people compared to Carson City, Nevada's population of about 55,500. When the festival is over, the Black Rock desert goes back to being unpopulated.

The festival has grown in popularity in recent years. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. It is held in the last week of August and ends today, on Labor Day.


There is no such thing as a beer gut or a beer belly. Scientists have completely disproved it!

The idea of a "beer gut" has maintained a threatening status for many image conscious young adults coming of age since beer has been around. Some might be surprised and relieved to know that there is, in fact, no consistent correlation between the consumption of alcohol and the circumference of our bellies.

A selection of over 1000 randomly selected Czech men and women were invited to take part in a study of the relationship between those who drink beer or other wine and spirits and the size of their stomach. Subjects were asked to fill out a series of questions about their alcohol consumption and daily habits, then their body proportions and fat ratios were measured during a brief medical exam. The results concluded that the previously conceived idea of the calorie count in beer increasing the size of one's stomach in and of itself was, in fact, false.

While initial results based on age showed positive relation in waist-hip ratio, the scientists quickly invalidated the evidence by pointing out several other factors (such as age) that played into the widening of waist lines at older or younger ages.


The original Ronald McDonald creator and personality was fired before his character got national recognition. Here's why

Oscar Goldstein, a former Washington, D.C. McDonald's franchise owner, was in some trouble when NBC cancelled his sponsored show Bozo's Circus in 1963. Bozo would regularly make appearance at his McDonald's, drawing in huge crowds. Since the show was now cancelled, Goldstein had to come up with a new mascot to entice his customers to return.

Goldstein met with the star of Bozo's Circus, Willard Scott, and hired him to recreate a new clown for the franchise. Willard Scott got a costume made by a marketing company, created the name Ronald McDonald, and began making appearances at Goldstein's restaurant in Washington D.C.

As McDonald's prepared for their national campaign to introduce Ronald McDonald to America, they fired Willard Scott, deeming his weight as the reason for termination. McDonald's felt that in order to sell hamburgers, shakes, and fries (generally, unhealthy food) to the American people, they needed a thinner mascot who appeared in shape. A thinner clown personality was hired, the campaign began, and business sky-rocketed. Scott moved on from the incident and continued to find success through books and television. He also later became the weatherman for NBC's Today Show.