The London Games commenced last week with a spectacular opening ceremony. To keep the Olympic fervor alive, we’re kicking off the week with a glance at some of the amusing things happening around the games. But first, we salute a true heroine, Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space who passed away last week. “Ride, Sally Ride.”
Olympic Madness: The Double-Decker Bus that Does Push-Ups
What do you get when you cross a 1957 double-decker bus and two huge robotic arms? “London Boosted,” that’s what. Rick Beeco (@lifeisgood24), we challenge you to a push-up match. Not with us, but with the bus, of course!
As Authorities Crack Down, Banksy Enters the Olympic Graffiti Games
Will Banksy (the U.K.’s most renowned street artist) strike again as the British war on graffiti continues? We’ll stay tuned right along with Hamish McKenzie (@hamishmckenzie). Thanks for the tweet, Hamish.
Farmer Bikes from China to London to See Olympics
Two years, 30,000 miles and 16 countries. Now that deserves the gold. We give a big thumbs up to Chen Guanming’s incredible journey and thank Steve Monck (@Steve Monck) for this post.
The 10 Strangest Olympic Sports Tug-of-war, perhaps. Live pigeon shooting? We’re not so certain. Thankfully, most of these oddities won’t be featured in this year’s games. Hat tip to Jonathan Adams (@JonathanAdams) for the interesting and amusing tweet about Olympics past and present.
Video of the Week
Who can forget the thrilling surprise when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic Cauldron in Atlanta ’96 (5:56). We can’t. Fortunately, the quality of online video has improved by leaps and bounds since then.
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