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8 Sports That Never Made It Into The Summer Olympics

Ever wondered what happened to the sports that didn't make it into the Summer Olympics? The following are just some that tried their best, but ended up only being classified as a demonstration sport.

15 Crystal Chandeliers That Blind You With Their Brilliance

Hans van Bentem, using fine Bavarian crystal and cutting techniques learned from generations of crystal makers, creates grandiose chandeliers for private and corporate clients, but van Bentem's works don't have the look or feel of their wide-skirted predecessors. They just may plant some new images of "chandeliers" in your mind.

6 Exclusive Dog Houses, Because 'Dog Is A God®'

Marco Morosini is a successful Italian artist and designer who expresses what he perceives around him through lively graphics, a line of clothing and accessories, poignant photographs of the Bosnian War, and just about anything he puts his attention to. Giving his wink and a nod to the god-like way dogs are treated in modern society, Morosini has created six godly temples to honor dogs in his series Dog Is A God®.

Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve

Baseball in Japan has evolved quite a lot since Horace Wilson first introduced the sport in 1872, yet foreigners still find many aspects of Japanese baseball confusing – not least the the odd names of the teams. Let's run down the dozen Nippon Professional Baseball league teams (without actually running them down) and clear up any misconceptions.

Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve - Part 2, the Pacific League

Part Two of Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve looks at the six teams in NPB's Pacific League. The Pacific League corresponds to MLB's American League as a Designated Hitter is used – in the Central League, pitchers must hit. Leading off the sextet are the amusingly named Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, league champions in 2007.

 

New Travel Ad Campaign Highlights Reliability

An innovative new ad campaign for Cox & Kings Travel focuses on the company's longevity in the hopes of building trust in its services.

NASA Finds The Baby Boom Galaxy!

Naturally, NASA named the new-found galaxy after us, calling it the Baby Boom Galaxy. And, of course all the babies are stars! (We were always over-achievers!)

Countdown To Beijing: Water Polo

Water polo may seem like a boring water sport, but it's actually an interesting Olympic event any sports fan can dive into.

Countdown To Beijing: Indoor Volleyball

Despite being overshadowed by its popular variation, Beach Volleyball, the indoor sport has always attracted thousands of fans and created careers for students across the world.

Gargoyle Lighting And Furniture Design: 10 To Keep Evil Away

When it comes to chasing evil spirits away from your home, there's nothing like a gargoyle. People think of gargoyles and dragons going with Medieval or Gothic design, but a gargoyle doesn't need to match anything else in your home, not in color or design. A gargoyle just has a place, in its own right, because it has a job to do; it's your security system.

Learn American History Through Online Time Machine

Before the BBQs are lit or the bonfires set ablaze during this Fourth of July weekend, it might be nice to brush up on some American history. What better way to do that than to go back in time?

The History of Beer - Summer's Favourite Invention

With summer gearing up, billions of people around the world are undoubtedly turning to a frosty, refreshing mug of beer. Not only is beer popular today, but it also has historical significance. Since its invention in ancient times, beer has been a favourite drink around the world.

Reincarnating The Voluptuous Madam Rubens... From A Mattress

If you remember your art history, Peter Paul Rubens was the 17th century Dutch artist best known for his paintings of cherubic children and voluptuously chubby young women. The Madam Rubens created by Frank Willems, a modern Dutch designer, is definitely voluptuous. She's in the form of a chair created from layers of recycled mattresses.

Taking A Crack: The Controvery Around Baseball Bats

Since maple baseball bats are constantly breaking this year, shouldn't MLB players switch back to the original equipment that shaped and developed the sport of baseball?

Everything You Wanted to Know About the History of the Portable Music Player..And Stuff You Didn't

Even though mp3 players are the main portable music players today, they wouldn’t be here without their predecessors.


The History of Father's Day

Many of us have grown up celebrating Father's Day: giving Dad a card, making him breakfast or creating something handmade in school. But when did all this start? Let's look at the invention story of Father's Day.

Seven Innovations in Coffee History

The invention of coffee isn't credited to a single person or time. However, since the realization that consuming coffee beans makes people energized and happy, there have been a series of historical innovations that we couldn't imagine living without today.

Teenager Shows Us How To Decompose Plastic Faster

Teenagers get a lot of bad rap these days. Their stereotypical images on society as drug users, rebels, smart mouths, immature animals, etc., leave many of us, well... a little worried. These stereotypical images rarely allow us to picture the average teenagers out there. There are many teenagers using their brains and living a good life while leaving a wonderful impact on the world. For instance, take 16 year old Daniel Burd and his famous plastic decomposition science project.

The History of the Bikini - The World's Skimpiest Invention

About two hundred years ago, women pranced around on beaches wearing flannel dresses and three-quarter length trousers. In that period in history when showing one's knees was considered scandalous, it might have come as a shock to these women that their descendants would be sporting the skimpiest invention of all - the bikini.

The History of Dad's Favourite Father's Day Gifts

Most of us have relied on the old standards for Father's Day Gifts. Whose dad doesn't have a Father's Day tie, wallet or pair of socks? Let's take a look at the invention stories of these favourite Father's Day Gifts: