A cat named Orlando once beat financial experts in an investing competition by randomly throwing a toy mouse on a grid of numbers that each correspond to different companies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orl…
An 11 year old girl could not afford running shoes, so she wrapped her feet in tape and drew a Nike logo on it. She won several gold medals in local competitions. straitstimes.com/sport/ru…
Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Nigerian author Abi DarΓ© originally wrote her first novel "The Girl With the Louding Voice" as a dissertation submission for her MA in Creative Writing. She submitted it for a competition, expecting that her use of non standard English would be an automatic rejection but she won forcoloredgirlsbookclub.c…
The world record recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest golf drive in a competition is 516 yards (472 m) by 64-year-old Mike Austin in 1974 at the US Senior National Open Qualifier with a 43.5" steel shafted persimmon wood driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned of the Stakhanovite movement, a Stalinist propaganda maneuver which encouraged workers to produce more by working harder and longer hours. Production goals were increased and workers were pitted aganst each other in competition to produce more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The world record for longest stare (40 minutes, 59 seconds) was set in 2011 at an Australian staring competition. At 17 minutes, the crowd became angry. At 30 minutes, contestants said they were bored. medicaldaily.com/man-who-…
Today I learned of Charles Vance Miller, who flipped $2 into $100,000 (2021 value: $31 into 1.5M), died shortly thereafter, and willed a competition that offered the money to the woman who gave birth to the greatest amount of babies in the following decade. pyvt.com/3-of-the-most-su…
In 2005, when Steve Jobs began planning the iPhone, he had a choice to either shrink the Mac or enlarge the iPod. Jobs pitted the Macintosh and iPod teams against each other in an internal competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS
Emma Stone was not only on the singing competition In Search of the Partridge Family, but WON! youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-mJ…
Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless. timeoutdubai.com/kids/fea…
In the 1920s, Colonel Sanders became involved in a shootout after a rival gas station owner killed an employee over a sign dispute. Sanders returned fire, wounding his rival. This had the side effect of eliminating the competition as he was never charged. gizmodo.com/no-colonel-sa…
Today I learned of Foekje Dillema, a competitive runner and suspected hermaphrodite who was banned for life from competition after refusing to take a mandatory sex verification test en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foe…
Laibach copied nazi painting for 1987 Yugoslavian Youth Day and won the competition for the poster. nskstate.com/article/fine…
Any swimming stroke can be used in freestyle swim races, but the most commonly used stroke is the front crawl. Nowadays, "freestyle" is synonymous with front crawl, even though freestyle is a competition category and not an actual swim stroke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Daryl Hall and John Oates, from 80s band Hall & Oates, first met when gunfire from rival gangs broke out at a music competition they were attending and they ran into the same service elevator to escape en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
At age 13 U.S. professional snowboarder Elena Hight became the first female to land a 900 in competition. elenahight.com/
In 1951, 66-year old Gustaf Hakansson tried to register for a bicycle race that spanned the country of Sweden, but was denied because of his age. He raced anyway, out of competition, and did the whole 1,764 km ride in six days, beating all other contestants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Men produce a higher percentage of motile sperm in their ejaculates after viewing sexually explicit images of two men and one woman (a sperm competition risk) than after viewing sexually explicit images of three women, likely indicating a response to an active risk of sperm competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
There is a yearly marathon competition held at San Quentin State Prison sfchronicle.com/culture/a…
The O.Henry Pun-Off World Championship is a yearly competition that takes place every May at the O.Henry Museum in Texas. Participants compete in either one of the two areas of punning prowess: Punniest of Show and PunSlingers. The 43rd Pun-Off took place online in 2020 due to the pandemic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
Only 10% of wine 'experts' can consistently rate the wine from the same bottle in the same way, and they aren't consistent the next year. After analysing results across wine competitions in california, medals were found to be distributed at random. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Today I learned about the "Cellular Phony" - a fake car phone sold back in the late-1980s when real cellular phones were uncommon and very expensive. Over 40,000 were sold for $16, "...mostly in California, where social competition is fierce." (see article on page 4 of this newspaper) digifind-it.com/metuchen/…
The ancient Hawaiians had a Goddess of Snow, Poli’ahu, who loved snowboard competitions on top the Big Island's Mount Kilauea, where it snows during the Winter historydaily.org/hawaiis-…
The lottery is against the law in Nevada because the gaming industry in the state does not want the competition. reviewjournal.com/busines…
In the Greatest Showman the singing voice of Jenny Lind was performed by Loren Allred, a contestant on (American) The Voice, who was eliminated from the competition in 13th place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
The low-status male individuals of various animal species are known to sometimes imitate the behavior and appearance of females. The reasons for this include gaining sexual access to females and avoiding competition or aggression from more dominant males en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Japan has been holding precision walking competitions since 1966. The event is known as β€œShuudan Koudou,” which means β€œCollective Action.” boingboing.net/2015/04/24…
In Europe between 1550 and 1700 over 80,000 people were tried for witchcraft and half were executed - often burned alive. Data shows it was most intense where Catholic-Protestant rivalry was strongest and the phenomenon reached its zenith when there was β€œpeak competition for Christian consumers" theguardian.com/society/2…
Nike Air shoes are no more than a marketing gimmick, they were never designed to make you run faster, and many famous athletes do not even wear their own signature models because they are not ideal for competition. gizmodo.com/the-brilliant…
Some Californian red and white wines went up against French wines in a 1976 blind competition judged by the top wine experts in the world. It was considered a non-event... until the American wines won. And it changed the wine industry forever. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Despite never getting any snow locally, Thailand has won 9 of the last 20 International Snow Sculpture Competitions held in Sapporo, Japan. They’re currently on a 3 year winning streak. tatnews.org/2020/02/thai-…
When the Brazilian team celebrated after winning the 1958 World Cup final, their superstar Garrincha was initially bemused - he hadn't bothered about the "details" of the match, and was under the impression that the competition was like a league, with Brazil playing all the other teams twice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
After years of competition between Chuck E Cheese and Showbiz Pizza, Chuck E Cheese went bankrupt and was bought by Showbiz Pizza, who then proceeded to rebrand their locations as Chuck E Cheese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Australian Eucalptus trees were widely planted during 1840's Gold Rush California as fast growing trees for firewood. Eucalypts have fire-driven reproduction where their leaf-oil facilitates catastrophic wildfires which decimate competition and seed their next generations growth. independent.com/2011/01/1…
Australian eucalypts contain flammable oils in the leaves which helps start bushfires, thus eliminating competition from plants that can't survive fires. Bushfires have been a presence on the continent for so long, many plants have evolved mechanisms that protect against and spread fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
Samsung still makes DVD players, but stopped making Blu-ray players in 2019 due to the competition of streaming. techradar.com/news/samsun…
Daryl Hall and John Oates (Hall and Oates) first met in a service elevator, escaping gunfire between two rival gangs, at venue in which they were both competing in a music competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I learned of Microbial Art done using fluorescent or pigmented microorganisms as "paint" on agar plate canvases; the American Society of Microbiology has held an annual Agar Art competition since 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The psychological term of John Henryism; the belief that anything is achievable if you work hard enough, but it comes at a cost. Based on the life of John Henry, who competed in a pile driving competition, won, and then died as a result from the exertion. encyclopedia.com/social-s…
War for the Spartans was in some ways a respite from the strict schedule of their everyday lives and was almost seen as a holiday. Physical exercise was less rigorous, they were allowed a regimen less rigid and in the afternoons, they held competitions, sang hymns and recited poetry. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
There is a cherry stone spitting competition in Norway every year. The first winner managed 9.8m and the record is 14.24m morellfestivalen.no/about…
Before the creation of a public, professional, paid fire department in Boston, the city would pay whatever company arrived first at the scene of a fire, which led to intense competition, and even physical altercations between companies on the way to fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
In the US it is illegal for one company to acquire another for the purposes of absorbing or eliminating the competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Left-handed hockey sticks are banned in Field Hockey. According to the rules of the International Hockey Federation, left-handed sticks create too much danger on the field when used in competition against right-handed sticks, so it was banned due to safety concerns and injury prevention. sportsrec.com/6533675/why…
[] The term "yellow journalism" was coined in the mid-1890s to characterize the sensational journalism in the circulation war between Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. The comic character "The Yellow Kid" featured heavily in this competition. wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow…
The first recorded patent came from the Ancient Greek colony of Sybaris; they held an annual culinary competition and the winner had exclusive rights to his dish for a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
A study found that beards are capable of lessening the damage from blunt force trauma; researchers postulate that men may have evolved beards for protection against male competition. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The 2024 Summer Olympics, to be hosted in Paris, France, will hold its surfing competitions in Teahupo'o, Tahiti - over 9700 miles from Paris. espn.com/olympics/story/_…
About the Best Baguette in Paris competition. The winner gets to deliver a daily baguette to the president of France. parisjourney.com/the-best…

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