The Man versus Horse Marathon is an annual race where runners compete against riders on horseback.
Back in 1980 when local landlord Gordon Green overheard a discussion between two men in his pub, the idea of the race was formed. One of the men suggested, that over a significant distance across country, man was equal to any horse. Gordon Green decided to test the challenge with a race in full public view.
The distance of the race is 22 miles (about 35 km) in a terrain more rough than that of a traditional marathon. It would take 25 years until the race was finally won by a man on foot. In the 25th race in 2004, Huw Lobb won the race in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 19 seconds, winning a prize of USD 31,000. The size of the prize fund had grown each year by £1,000 until that year were a man would finally beat the horses. In the 2004 the race had 500 runners and 40 horses competing, the highest number ever.
To help the runners beat the horses, the horses are delayed for 15 minutes. The race attracts 50 horses every year, claiming to be “the world largest horse race”. (Via: wikipedia.org. Photo: Jothelabrarian.)
According to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, eating more insects could help fight hunger by boosting nutrition and reducing pollution. The report states that more than 2 billion people all over the world already supplement their food intake with insects. The biggest obstacle? Would you eat bugs for dinner?
“Consumer disgust” is according to the report the biggest barrier in many Western countries. The report states that beetles, wasps and many other insects are “underutilised” as food for people. Among the benefits from eating bugs are their great reproduction rate, high growth and feed conversion rates and little impact on the environment. For example, when compared to cattle, crickets need 12 times less food to produce the same amount of protein.
One suggestion to increase the intake of bugs is to look at the food industry, the report says. It suggests the industry to start including bugs in recipes and adding them to menus in restaurants and thereby “raising the status of insects”. (Via fao.org) Photo: Fae)
The Khasi tribe in Indian state of Meghalaya is living in one of the wettest places on earth. In fact, the city of Cheerapunji in the region is credited as the wettest place on earth. For the people living in the forests, this is a problem as flooding is quite normal in the monsoon season. The solution? Build a bridge across the waters that does not care if the waters rise. For more than 500 years, the Khasi tribe has used the Indian rubber tree, Ficus elastica, to build natural, living bridges.
Tom Leppard was once in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the world’s most tattooed man. He is not anymore, but his tattoos still make him stand out from the crowd. Tom is tattooed to look like a leopard.
According to the big Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, students in Japanese universities have gotten more lonely in recent years. They are finding it increasingly difficult to make friends, resulting in more students failing to attend classes or dropping out. This trend has caused a new kind of service to emerge. So-called rent-a-friend companies offer different kinds of ‘friend’ services.
Mohamed Babus wife discovered that ants that had been drinking spilt milk in their backyard, turned white. Mohamed, a scientist from India, was amazed by the phenomenon and decided to do a little research himself. He noticed that the abdomens of the ants were somewhat transparent and thereby causing them to look white as they ate spilt milk.
Europe’s largest fire festival takes place on Scotland’s Shetland Islands every January. It is held to mark the end of the Yule season (Christmas was once called Yule in Scotland). Thousands of men dress up as Vikings, marching in squads through towns while carrying torches. The procession culminates in the burning of a replica Viking longship. The celebrations are held at more than 10 different locations all over the Shetland Islands.
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Danish provo-artist Marco Evaristti has started a fury in the Norwegian town Hovden. The major of Hovden has threatened to report Marco to the police for destroying the nature. The reason? Marco Evaristti has painted a frozen waterfall with 10 litres of fruit paint mixed with 1000 litres of water. The result is a white snow-landscape with very visible red marks.
6 members of the Pilobolus Dance Theater have created what can only be described as a human alphabet. They twisted their bodies into possible and almost impossible positions, creating the 26 letters of their alpabet. The happening took place over 4 days in photographer John Kane’s studio. According to the dance group, the hardest letters were “R” and “C”. See for yourself. (Pictures via: dailymail.co.uk)
Having tattoos on 100 % of his body, Lucky Daimond Rich is the most tattooed person in the world, holding the Guinness World Record. Lucky, born by the name of Gregory Paul Mclaren in 1971 in New Zealand, began to read about and became interested in tattoos at a young age. His first tattoo was of a small juggling club on his hip. Lucky then proceeded to have numerous different colourful tattoos of many designs.
Freetown Christiania, or just Christiania as it is called in Denmark, is a special society and neighborhood within the Danish capital of Copenhagen with around 850 inhabitants. Christiania was founded in a squatted military area back in 1971 by a group of people from the surrounding neighborhood. The barracks were no longer used by the military and only protected by a few guards. Residents from the neighborhood decided to break down the fences and take the grounds as playground for their children. Soon after, Christiania was declared open by some of the squatters and quickly a culture comprising of hippies, squatters, collectivism and anarchism grew in the freetown.
You’ve probably heard of the Olympics and the Paralympics. But did you know that dwarfs also compete against other dwarfs in the World Dwarf Games? Just like the Olympics, the dwarf games are held every four years at shifting locations around the world. The last games, in 2009 were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while the coming games in 2013 will be held in August at Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.
The World Dwarf Games were first held in 1993 in Chicago and has since been held every 4 years. In order to qualify for participation, you need to be a dwarf (of course) and proven yourself in a national dwarf game. In 2013, it is expected that more than 500 athletes from over 25 nations around the world will take part in the games. There are 13 different sports to compete in, ranging from archery over soccer to swimming and volleyball. For more info, go to: www.2013worlddwarfgames.org. Pictures from: www.facebook.com/WorldDwarfGames2013.
The motto of the 2013 Games? “It’s really BIG!” They sure have a sense of humor.
A new kind of night club has emerged in the United States. Overweight people, tired of being discriminated, laughed at or having to wait in line because of their extra pounds, have decided to open night clubs targeting people like themselves. Clubs where overweights can enjoy a good time without being harassed by people of normal weight.
These establishments are of course not discriminating against normal sized people, but they’ve become overweight clubs by being preferred by overweight people. According to the owners, the normal weight visitors tend to go to the clubs because they like the overweight people. One such club is Club Bounce in Long Beach, California. For more info, go to: Club Bounce website.
Meet Vladimir Filippovich, king of his own selfmade castle. The Russian must be rather good at craftsmanship as he transformed the inside of his house into a palace of his own. As the king of the castle, his kingdom entails exactly 13 inhabitants to which he rule. To be exact, the kingdom consists on Vladimir himself, 11 dogs and 2 cats, probably making the castle rather noisy (via: photopolygon.com).