Sports Facts

Sports Facts

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    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
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    The first baseball caps were made of straw.
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    So that's how they cheat - a microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.
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    Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.
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    The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!
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    At the 1912 Olympics, a marathon runner quit and went home to Japan without telling officials and was considered a missing person in Sweden for 50 years. In 1966, he was invited to complete the marathon. His time: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds.
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    Boxer Wladimir Klitshko auctioned his Olympic gold medal to raise money for underprivileged Ukrainian children. He raised $1,000,000. The buyer immediately returned the medal to Wladimir as he wanted it to remain in the Klitschko family.
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    Kobe Bryant was named after a steak.
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    Lars Andersen has rediscovered an ancient form of archery that allows him to shoot 10 arrows in 4.9 seconds, while it takes others 13-35 seconds. He is even faster than the fictional archer Legolas in the Lord of the Rings series.
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    There is a sport called Banzai Skydiving. You throw the parachute out of the airplane first and then jump after it.
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    In 1998, Serena and Venus Williams said they could beat any man ranked 200 or worse in a game of tennis. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203, accepted the challenge and easily beat them, 6-1, 6-2.
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    Hockey player Jarome Iginla donates $2,000 to the children’s charity Kidsport for every goal he scores. Since 2000 it has added up to more than $700,000.
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    There is a growing sport in Berlin and London called Chess Boxing. Players alternate between a round of chess and a round of boxing until one is declared winner either by checkmate, KO, or technical stoppage.
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    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
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    When pitched, the average Major League baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.
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    Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.
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    Three consective strikes in bowling is called a turkey.
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    The state sport of Maryland is Jousting.
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    The Stanley Cup originally was only seven and a half inches high.
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    The practice of identifying baseball players by number was started by the Yankees in 1929.
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    The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!
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    The first baseball caps were made of straw.
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    The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.
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    The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!
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    So that's how they cheat - a microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.
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    Prior to 1900, prize fights lasted up to 100 rounds.
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    Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams have the same colors: Black and gold.
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    People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
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    No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for more than one second.
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    Most NASCAR Teams use nitrogen in their tires instead of air.
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    Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.
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    It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
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    In 1910 football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incompleted forward pass.
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    From a complete stop, a human is capable of outrunning a Formula One Racecar for about 30 feet!
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    Each year, 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment.
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    During WWII, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles.
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    Cheetahs were raced at Romford greyhound stadium in 1937!
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    Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.
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    Babe Ruth wore No. 3 because he batted third.
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    At horse race tracks, the favorite wins fewer than 30% of the time!
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    At 120 miles per hour, a Formula One car generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.
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    All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job!
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    A 'face-off' in hockey was originally called a 'puck-off'.
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    The household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922.
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    Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed individuals.
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