You're Happier With A Bronze Medal Than You Are With A Silver One
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In Olympic events, the gold, silver, and bronze medal goes to the athlete that did the best, the second best, and the third best, respectively. You'd expect, then, that the bronze, silver, and gold medalist would feel happy, happier, and happiest, right? Strangely, that's not the case. The athlete who wins bronze routinely feels happier than the athlete who wins silver. It all comes down to a quirk of human psychology.Related: Touching Your Teammates Means More Wins
Leland Melvin Went From Football Star To Inspirational NASA Astronaut
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Leland Melvin took a uniquely adorable photo for his official NASA portrait—he snuck his two dogs into the studio with him. Though this image has made its rounds on the internet, Melvin has much more to offer than his heartwarming headshot. His story is a truly inspirational one.
Rick Barry Broke Free-Throw Records Shooting Underhand
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Sometimes, the only way to beat the competition is to change the game entirely. In a way, that's what Rick Barry did. The 6'7" NBA player was a force to be reckoned with, scoring more than 25,000 points and earning a spot on 12 All-Star teams in his professional basketball career. But where he really stood out was at the free-throw line: he maintained a 90% free-throw accuracy throughout his career, which was the best in NBA history back in 1980. (He has since been surpassed by six NBA players, but even Steve Nash, who has the highest free-throw percentage in history, only shot a 90.43%.) During the 1978–79 season, Barry only missed nine free-throws. And he did it all by throwing granny-style.
The World Nomad Games Celebrate Traditional Nomadic Culture
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Nomadic societies exist all over the globe, moving from place to place to find fresh pasture for their herds, ply a trade, or simply seek out new locales with the seasons. There are an estimated 30–40 million nomads in the world today, but that's nothing compared to what it once was. The modern way of life is threatening nomadic culture, and many are striving to preserve their heritage. That's the reason for the World Nomad Games, an event held in Kyrgyzstan.
The Average NFL Game Has Only 11 Minutes Of Action
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Anyone who has ever tuned into an NFL broadcast knows that plenty of air time is spent showing players huddling, coaches yelling, and fans cheering. That's because while the on-field action can be exciting, it's usually short-lived. In fact, according to a 2010 Wall Street Journal study of four football broadcasts, the ball was only in play for an average of 10 minutes and 43 seconds — approximately 4 seconds per play — even though an NFL telecast lasts about 3 hours. "The Journal broke down every frame of the broadcasts for four games on four networks on one weekend in late December," according to the article that elaborated on the study. "Each shot in every broadcast was timed and logged in one of 22 categories." So what's happening for the rest of the broadcast? Commercials, for one. They demand about an hour of airtime. Replays take about 17 minutes, footage of cheerleaders command about 3 seconds, and shots of players standing around make up an average of 67 minutes, according to WSJ. So why are football broadcasts such a production if there's so little action? Find out in the videos below.