Ryan North (Marvel writer) once got stuck in a skate pit with only "his dog Noam Chompsky, an umbrella, a leash, a t-shirt, and a pocket computer" after the rain had made the pit slippery. When he asked Twitter users for help, they found a way for him to combine those items that let him escape. boingboing.net/2015/08/19…
John Joseph Merlin invented roller skates in 1760, but hadn’t designed a way to make them stop. On his first demonstration, he crashed into a mirror and broke the skates. online-skating.com/articl…
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was written for St. Nicholas Magazine, a publication for children edited by Mary Mapes Dodge. Dodge, author of Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates, asked Kipling to contribute something and although he'd never written for children before, he said he'd try. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Ice skates have been in use for over 5000 years and were invented by the Finns to conserve energy while hunting in the Finnish Lakeland during harsh winter conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In 1980s Venice Beach, there was a group called MSA (Mexican Surf/Skate Association) whose purpose is to give kids an alternative to gang membership youtu.be/uq9cTgystuc?t=18…
Hockey goalie Clint Malarchuks throat got slashed by skate during a live NHL game, the injury was so bad that 11 fans fainted, 2 got heart attack and at least 3 players vomited on the ice. The wound was so bad that it needed 300 stiches. Clint was back on ice just a week later. theplayerstribune.com/en-…
Today I learned of β€œMr. First” Omero Catan who was β€œfirst” 537 times including the first paying customer to skate the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink. First ticket holder to enter two World's Fairs. First through the Lincoln Tunnel and first to put a coin in a New York City parking meter. theweeklyn.com/2019/01/15…
Sony made an ad for their color display technology featuring 1/4 million brightly colored bouncy balls released down the steep streets of San Francisco. About 50 students were hired to help collect them using skates and floor squeegees at the bottom after each take. thinkbox.tv/creative/behi…
Sledge hockey players sit on specially designed sleds, or β€˜sledges’, with skate blades under the seat. Two sticks are used to not only pass, stickhandle and shoot the puck, but also to propel and maneuver their sledges hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hoc…
Bam Margera, while sponsored by Nike, hated wearing the shoes to skate so much, that he used other shoes and cut out a nike symbol to paste over them so he could skateboard properly youtu.be/nEO_U166pxc?t=57…
In 2003 WB approached Tony Hawk to make Skate Jam, a skater-themed sequel to Space Jam, but it was cancelled after Looney Tunes: Back in Action bombed. It was one of several sequel ideas, including Spy Jam (starring Jackie Chan), Race Jam (starring Jeff Gordon), and a film with Tiger Woods. slashfilm.com/space-jam-s…
For decades Russian circuses have been training bears to play hockey. One NHL player was wires saying the bear β€œPasses and skates pretty well, but he looks a little out of shape,” slapshot.blogs.nytimes.co…
Space Jam almost had a whole cinematic universe: Spy Jam with Jackie Chan, Race Jam with Gordon, Skate Jam with Hawk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
Hitler once asked 18 year old figure skater and future actress Vera Ralston "would you like to skate for the swastika", to which she replied "I'd rather skate ON the swastika" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Today I learned about a 'Jenny Haniver', the carcass of a ray or skate modified by hand, then dried, in order to resemble the corpse of a fictional creature, like a demon, dragon or basilisk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
Today I learned of Olympic Figure Skater Surya Bonaly, who, feeling overlooked by the judges, performed an illegal backflip, landing on one skate. She later explained she wanted to please the crowd not the judges. youtu.be/NCTcLNqkmjo
During the 80 Years War the Dutch defeated the invading Spanish by flooding their cities and farm lands. When winter arrived, Dutch soldiers used ice skates to quickly advance, fire muskets and retreat quickly to reload. The Spanish were then lured to, and fell through, thin ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
Finns were the first to develop ice skates some 5,000 years ago from animal bones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The Disney Channel movie "Brink!" was actually a loose adaptation of a novel written in 1865, "Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The word β€œRollerblades” is actually a brand of in-line skates. rollerblade.com/
The phrase "Proprietary Eponym" is used to describe when a brand name becomes the commonly used term. Some examples: Coke=Soda | Kleenex=Tissue | Xerox=Copy | Rollerblades=In-Line Skates | Frisbee=Flying Disc. newyorker.com/books/page-…
In 1989 during an ice hockey game, Goaltender Clint Malarchuk survived a collision where a skate sliced open his jugular vein. During the ride to the hospital, Malarchuk asked "Can you have me back for the third period?" youtu.be/plvKlnguJVE
The first ice skates are from 5000 years ago and were made of animal bones! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned about a Jenny Haniver. It is the carcass of a ray or a skate that has been modified by hand then dried, resulting in a mummified specimen intended to resemble a fanciful fictional creature, such as a demon or dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
"Ethiopia Skate", a non-profit org., helped raise money to pay for skateboards for kids in Ethiopia and even created Ethiopia's first skate park in 2016; it's free of charge. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
English inventor Joseph Merlin designed the first roller skates for a masquerade party in 1760. Not bothering to practice, he smashed into a wall length mirror upon entrance. rollerskatingmuseum.com/h…
Speed skates dont have the heels connected to the skates. They lift to allow the skater a more natural movement and keep the blade on the ice longer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I learned about Ben Underwood who is totally blind - he has no eyes - but can use echolocation to "see" with his ears well enough to ride a bike or skate down a street, etc., never using a cane or other tool to find his way around. mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk…
Owen Wilson was in a Skate Video, called Yeah Right! youtube.com/watch?v=WGYGh…
Before Jason Lee became a famous actor, he was a reputable professional skateboarder in the late 80s & early 90s. He had his own signature skate shoes in 1995, and is the co-founder/owner of Stereo Skateboards youtube.com/watch?v=mYIB0…
: The first recorded inventor of roller skates, Joseph Merlin, wore his invention to a masquerade party. In an attempt to make a grand entrance, he rolled in while playing the violin, but ended up crashing into an expensive wall-length mirror. skatehereford.co.uk/histo…
The first reported use of roller skates was in 1743 in London. The first roller skate patent was in 1760. It was another hundred years before roller skating really gained popularity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
NHLer Bobby Baun clinched 1 of his 4 Stanley Cups with a broken ankle, and played his career ending game with a broken leg when a skate cut his neck. Found hemorrhaging by the bus and carried to the hospital by Tim Horton, he was placed next to his wife who was giving birth to their 3rd son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Sharks, rays & skates uses electricity to hunt and can use it to detect smaller fish breathing in the vicinity. the-scientist.com/?articl…
Special figures was an event in the 1908 Summer Olympic Games. Like compulsory figures, special figures involved tracing patterns on the ice with the blade of one ice skate. This required the skater to display significant balance and control while skating on one foot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Its tradition in Venezuela to roller skate to church on Christmas nationfacts.net/venezuela…
The musical Starlight Express by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where the actors all perform in roller skates, has been performed continuously in Germany since 1988. starlightexpress.com/blog…
The Oslo Opera House was designed with the help of skateboarders to make it a stealth skate park wired.com/2008/11/pl-desi…
The actor who played Les Averman learned to skate while filming the Mighty Ducks, and later earned a college scholarship to play hockey thehockeynews.com/news/ar…
When French Wal-Mart equivalent Carrefour tried opening 2 huge trial stores in the United States during the late 80's, many associates wore roller skates to facilitate moving around the large buildings! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Amish are allowed to use inline skates nytimes.com/1996/08/11/us…
"Glitch" is a Yiddish word that literally means β€œslip,” β€œskate,” or β€œnosedive", which was the origin of the common American usage as β€œa minor problem or error.” dailywritingtips.com/the-…
Prior to writing 'Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates,' author Mary Mapes Dodge had never visited the Netherlands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The world's most expensive cigar has a box made of out ebony wood, skate skin, and skate bones. A single box of 40 is worth $18,846! modernisticdesign.blogspo…
The biggest skate in North American waters is the Big Skate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
John Joseph Merlin, the inventor of roller skates, once wore a pair to a masquerade, before injuring himself by crashing into an expensive mirror. The violin he was carrying with him was smashed to pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
You can sail on ice by using a sailboat fitted with skates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned about Jenny Hanivers, which is a dead stingray or skate that is modified and subsequently dried, resulting in a grotesque figure, often resembling a devil, angel, or dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
There's a hill in Virginia called Mt. Trashmore. It's made out of garbage with soil on top and has a playground and a skate park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
After the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand a group of skaters got together to use the damaged terrain to their advantage in a Skate video youtube.com/watch?v=nwgUT…
Ice hockey goalie Clint Malarchuk had his carotid (throat) artery slashed by a wayward skate and nearly bled to death, but he was back playing a week later. Badass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Las Brujas, a feminist/intersect skate crew from the Bronx that throws parties, teaches classes, and sells streetwear as a means to support their advocacy work nytimes.com/2016/07/31/ny…
Hockey players in the NHL skate in excess of 20MPH with Brett Hull being timed at 29MPH exploratorium.edu/hockey/…
NHL player Clint Malarchuk had his jugular cut by an ice skate and lost 1.5 Liters of blood on the ice. On the way to the hospital he asked paramedics if they could get him back by the third period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
The first player to skate around the rink with the Stanley Cup was Ted Lindsay in 1950. video.nhl.com/videocenter…
Only one animal has been confirmed to see in only black and white,that is the Skate fish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
The creator of roller skates didn't bother to practice before introducing his invention at a party. He promptly crashed and broke a very expensive mirror. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
CCM, the popular Ice Hockey and sporting goods brand, produced bicycles and automobiles up until 1905 when they began making hockey skates using leftover scrap metal from their operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCM…
Belgian inventor John-Joseph Merlin created the first roller skates in the 1760s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Before Figure Skating mainly featured axels, spins and jumps, it was mostly an artistic event where competitors had to literally create "figures" on the ice requiring judges to laboriously inspect them. There was a free skate portion with jumps, etc. but often these competitors lost the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A man called Slomo quit a successful medical career to skate along the Pacific Beach boardwalk nytimes.com/video/opinion…
The creator of Yo Gabba Gabba created the show as an extension of his ska skate-punk garage band which started his long, strange journey toward the five-year-old subconscious kcet.org/arts/artbound/co…
Jason Lee had an impromptu song at the end of the 1991 skate film "Blind Video Days". This caught the attention of Clerks director Kevin Smith, who would later cast him in his follow up film "Mallrats", thus starting his career as an actor. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V…
Rollerblade is a name of a brand, the skates are actually called inline skates, and inline skating is the correct term for "roller blading". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inl…
The fastest person to inline skate across the United States (CA to FL) did it in just 47 days. She was also the first female to do it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kac…
Disney Channel Original Movie "Brink!" was the 4th film adaptation of 1865 American novel "Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H…
Today I learned about Anarchist Ohio skate park SKATOPIA skatopia.us/about/
A bicycle can be self stable not by gyroscopic effects but rather by a theory called two-mass-skate (TMS) in which the wheels represent the two masses. ruina.tam.cornell.edu/res…
John Joseph Merlin, the inventor of roller skates, debuted his invention at a fancy Victorian masquerade while playing the violin. He did not add brakes to his roller skates and crashed into an expensive mirror, braking it and severely injuring himself. mikerendell.com/john-jose…
In Russia, two men were killed by a bear on ice skates telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
There is a Running of the Bulls that takes place in New Orleans, but instead of being chased by real bulls, participants are chased and beaten by "Bull Dykes" on roller skates . youtube.com/watch?v=_r-TG…
The only athlete from the Philippines competing at the Olympics in Sochi was Michael Martinez, a figure skater who has asthma, learned how to skate at a mall and whose mother learned skating herself in order to coach him. sports.inquirer.net/14519…
In 1989, professional hockey player Clint Malarchuk received an ice-skate to the throat, severing his jugular vein. thethrowdown.wordpress.co…
The inventor of roller-skates demo'd them by cross-dressing as a barmaid on wheels hauntedpalaceblog.wordpre…
The word "glitch" is Yiddish, literally β€œslip,” β€œskate,” or β€œnosedive,” which was the origin of the common American usage as β€œa minor problem or error.” dailywritingtips.com/the-…
That a formal game of soccer on ice skates exists, and it has a world championship. youtube.com/watch?v=KUaxD…
There is a glow-in-the-dark skate park in Brussels, built from phosphorescent concrete. highsnobiety.com/2012/07/…
"Rollerblade" is actually a brand name, those skates are called "inline skates". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
There's a guy that likes to skate down roller coasters curiosity.discovery.com/q…
Dirk Auer was the first person to ever roller skate down a roller coaster. youtube.com/watch?v=gQef0…
For 2 months out of every year, citizens of Ottawa, Ontario can ice skate to school and work on the Rideau Canal Skateway. youtube.com/watch?v=AmIEz…
Today I Learned Bryan Cranston did all the skating in the episode "Roller Skates" of Malcolm in the Middle except for the headstand and cartwheel. [link to video in comments] ifc.com/fix/2011/10/bryan…
Starlight Express, Andrew Lloyd Webber's disco roller skates musical, was begun as an adaptation of Rev. Awdry's Thomas the Tank Engine series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The 1st episode of the Twilight Zone "Where is Everybody?" Was filmed on the same set that "Back to the Future" used for the Hill Valley courthouse 25 years later (where he rides the skate board) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
Peter Taglianetti, an NHL player, once badly bruised his ankle right after round one of The Stanley Cup. The only way he was able to continue playing was by putting a baggy of peanut butter in his skate as a cushion. penguinslegends.blogspot.…
There exists a set of jet-pack roller skates. rollerskatingmuseum.com/s…
How ice-skates work. en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wik…
I learned water can skate on top of water in a strange condition known as "antibubbles". youtube.com/watch?v=p7EiT…

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