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Are Olympic Medals Made of Real Gold and Silver?

by Daniel Weber on August 1, 2012

London 2012 Olympic medals made by The Royal Mint, Llantrisant / Medalau Llundain 2012 wedi’u cynhyrchu gan y Bathdy Brenhinol, Llantrisant

Before the 1912 Summer Olympics, the medals were made from solid gold. Now there is only 1.34% gold in the Olympic Gold medals, the rest is 93% silver and 6% copper. The Silver medals are made up of 93% silver and 7% copper, and the Bronze medal is made up almost entirely of copper.

source: CSS Money

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The Cost of a Super Bowl Ad

by Daniel Weber on January 19, 2009

How much does it cost to get a ad during the Super Bowl?  Only $3 Million for a 30 second spot during this years (2009) Super Bowl.  NBC states that it has sold 90% of its add spots for this years program, and is estimating around 100 million viewers in the US.

[From Fox News]

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How Fast Do Hockey Pucks Travel?

“During a game, pucks can reach speeds of 100+ mph (160 km/h) when struck and are potentially dangerous to players and spectators.  Puck related injuries at hockey games are not uncommon.  This led to the evolution of various types of protective gear for players, most notably the goalie mask.” [read more]

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Running Defined

“Running is by definition the fastest means for an animal to move on foot.  It is defined in sporting terms as a gait in which at some point all feet are off the ground at the same time. It is a form of aerobic exercise.” [read more]

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NFL Record for Most Wins by a Rookie

“NFL Record for Most Wins by a Rookie: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger holds the National Football League record for most wins by a rookie QB – in the 2004 season, the Steelers (with Roethlisberger) won 13 games.” [wikipedia]

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College Football Victory

“The largest margain of victory in any college football game is 222 points. In October of 1916, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland by a score of 222-0.” [source]

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The Fastest Pitcher in History

“Fans, researchers, historians and even the players argue all the time about who was the fastest pitcher of all-time. The most widely quoted response is Nolan Ryan, whose fastball was “officially” clocked by the Guinness Book of World Records at 100.9 miles per hour in a game played on August 20, 1974 versus the Chicago […]

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Bowling Pin Set-Up

“In the early world of bowling, the pins had to be set back up manually after each shot, but in 1952 the first automatic machines were developed which sped up the game, but cost a lot of people their jobs.” [source]

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