Labor Day weekend is that one time of year when we get an extra day to kick our feet up on the coffee table and gorge on our favorite comfort foods, which is why it’s also the perfect time to enjoy a movie or series marathon on the tube.
The great thing about Labor Day marathons is that there’s virtually something for everyone to enjoy and they run all weekend long. The bad thing? There’s way too much out there, making it next to impossible to decide what you’re in the mood for. That’s where we come in.
When it comes to the 2012 Olympics, British bookshop owner David Mitchell said it best, “Performance levels have become so much higher that it’s so hard now to get a medal.” Just think about Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, both of whom have won medals by mere seconds ahead of their competitors. But does that make those Olympians who came just shy of placing any less athletic?
2012 Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius from South Africa is breaking barriers this year in London. Just this Saturday, the man known as “Blade Runner” competed in the 400-meter run and finished in second to move on to the semifinals this Sunday. And he did all this with two prosthetic racing legs.
Laylan is a 20-year-old Iraqi native who’s also the star player of an all-female basketball team she started. That fact alone may not seem like much to a lot of us in America, but to the people of the country who are still suffering through gender inequality, it’s a huge deal.
The parents of 5-year-old Scotty Meyer, who suffers from autism, were fear stricken when they realized their son had disappeared. The family officially reported him missing midday last Tuesday, convinced that he had slipped out of the house while their air conditioning was being repaired. Fortunately, he was found the next morning thanks to the help of one furry little guy on four legs — an 8-year-old Golden Retriever named Autumn.
If you can believe it, there is such a thing as an International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship and for the last 20 years the winner has been a member of either the Krause or Lessard families. But not this year. This year belongs to 46-year-old Ronn Matt of Chicago, who was able to spit a cherry pit 69 feet, making him the new world champ.
While you were busy barbecuing with the family and taking the kids to see the fireworks this Fourth of July, Joey Chestnut was trying to break another world record.
Last year, the 28-year-old competitive eater set a record for eating a total of 68 hot dogs in just 10 minutes at Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually on July 4th. This time around he set out to try and beat it, but did he succeed?
One of the highlights of the 2012 Olympics will undoubtedly be diving. There’s been some stiff competition this year, especially in the preliminary rounds, and all the athletes have been killing themselves trying to look as graceful as possible while tumbling through the air. How do we know? There’s something on each diver’s face that just reads, “This stunt is kind of difficult to do.”
We all hate getting bills to the point where some of us will even hide them in the freezer to put them completely out of sight and therefore out of mind. Volunteer mailman Steve Score of Minnesota’s Emmanuel Nursing Home has the unfortunate job of delivering such mail, but it looks like he’s found the most effective way of passing along these letters and all it took were some adorable little ducklings.
The 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards would probably have been a big bore if it wasn’t for famed zookeeper Jack Hanna. When he arrived on the red carpet in Beverly Hills with a lemur, porcupine and 5-feet-long alligator, people were just a tad bit more than surprised. That feeling then quickly turned into shock and awe when he brought them all up on the Hilton stage, including the gator.
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