Various sequels to Space Jam were considered after its success, including Spy Jam (starring Jackie Chan), Race Jam (starring Jeff Gordon), and Skate Jam (starring Tony Hawk). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In 1989, the Buffalo Sabres goalie had his neck sliced by another players skate, severing his carotid artery, resulting in so much blood loss that it caused eleven fans to faint, two more to have heart attacks, and three players to vomit on the ice. His life was saved by the team trainer. espn.com/nhl/news/story?i…
When Clint Malarchuk, a goalie in the NHL, had his throat accidentally slit by another player's skates, his main thought was to get off the ice as quickly as possible so his mother wouldn't see him die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
The origins of ice hockey have long been debated. In 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation officially declared the first game of organized ice hockey was played in Montreal in 1875. However, research suggests that the first organized hockey games on skates were played in England. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Skateboarding was invented in the 1950s in California by attaching roller skates to a board and referred to as "sidewalk surfing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
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…
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 has a song call Confisco from Charlie Brown Junior made possible because the fans made a petition asking Activision. CBR is a locally famous brazilian band, the singer most know as ChorΓ£o was a big skate advocate, he passed 2013. youtube.com/watch?v=3EmU3…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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 word β€œRollerblades” is actually a brand of in-line skates. rollerblade.com/
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Owen Wilson was in a Skate Video, called Yeah Right! youtube.com/watch?v=WGYGh…
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…
: 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…
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…
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…
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…
Sharks, rays & skates uses electricity to hunt and can use it to detect smaller fish breathing in the vicinity. the-scientist.com/?articl…
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…
Its tradition in Venezuela to roller skate to church on Christmas nationfacts.net/venezuela…
The Amish are allowed to use inline skates nytimes.com/1996/08/11/us…
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…
"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-…
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 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…
The Oslo Opera House was designed with the help of skateboarders to make it a stealth skate park wired.com/2008/11/pl-desi…
Prior to writing 'Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates,' author Mary Mapes Dodge had never visited the Netherlands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
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…

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