Tag: Olympics

Summer Olympics fun! (guess the flag)

Summer Olympics fun! (guess the flag)

Sports
If there's one event that affords Americans a chance to revel in both an overinflated sense of our importance in the world and a near-total ignorance of just about every other part of the globe, it's the Olympics.  And while the sight of the American flag and the sound of a canned rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" will likely be fixtures at this year's Beijing Games (we are sending nearly 600 athletes, second only to China), there are a lot of countries that are simply mathematically unlikely to bask in the glory of the medal podium. So in honor of those lesser-represented nations, here's a little game to test your knowledge of them.  The flags here are of countries sending fewer than 50 athletes to this year's Olympics.  Answers are at the bottom (no cheating!)... A) B)
Interesting stuff I now know thanks to Wikipedia (Vol. 2)

Interesting stuff I now know thanks to Wikipedia (Vol. 2)

Listcruft
The Japanese name for Japan, 日本, can be pronounced either Nihon or Nippon. There are five entries thus far in the Walter the Farting Dog series of children's books. Thibaw Min was the last king of Burma (aka Myanmar). After the British completed their conquest of Burma in 1885, Thibaw and his family were exiled to India. The Netherlands won two gold medals at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona - one in the Women's 800m and one in Equestrian Jumping Team competition. New York Airways became the first scheduled helicopter carrier in the United States and the first passenger helicopter carrier in the world when it commenced passenger operations on July 9, 1953. It offered scheduled service from atop the Pan Am Building in Midtown Manhattan (New York City) to other airports in th
London’s 2012 Olympic logo is awesome

London’s 2012 Olympic logo is awesome

Funny Stuff, Sports
And by awesome I mean craptacular. Seriously, did they even try? They've had two years to put this together, and it looks like something my six-year-old nephew could put together in Microsoft Paint with a blindfold on. Ooooh, it says 2012 if you look closely! OMG!!@@#! (Actually, it looks like Lisa Simpson giving something that rhymes with 'snow job'.) Seriously, I think London really dropped the ball on this one. What they needed to do was to create something more appealing and lasting -- something that speaks to the rich heritage of Great Britain, as well as its many contributions to world culture. Since it's not too late for them to change their minds, I've come up with a few ideas (with all respect to my readers from across the Pond, of course). I just hope the roya...