Picture of the Day: The Temples of Bagan

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THE TEMPLES OF BAGAN, MYANMAR


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Known for its thousands of temples in a 26-square-mile (67 sq km) space within a dusty, flat plain, the best times to experience the serenity and scope of Bagan are at dawn and dusk.

After the earthquake in 1975, there are only 2,217 pagodas left in Bagan, in contrast to more than 5,000 during height of the political centre. Thus in order to preserve the original pagodas, only horse-driven carriage are allowed to travel among the pagodas.

Although an application was submitted, UNESCO does not designate Bagan as a World Heritage Site. The main reason given is that the military junta (SPDC) has haphazardly restored ancient stupas, temples and buildings, ignoring original architectural styles and using modern materials which bear little or no resemblance to the original designs. The junta has also established a golf course, a paved highway, and built a 200-foot (61 meter) watchtower in the southeastern suburb of Minnanthu. [Source: Wikipedia]

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Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2011/06/picture-of-the-day-the-temples-of-bagan/

10 Amazing Alternative Sports Clips

The wonderful world of sports has given us numerous moments of joy and pleasure. We love to cheer at the rare moments when our favorite team provides us with glorious performances and outstanding displays of sheer brilliance. While many of these rare occurrences happen in popular sports like football, soccer or basketball these moments also happen in less popular sports that are performed by an individual alone. This list will focus on some incredible performances that are pulled off by athletes in what I call alternative sports. The following clips feature inspiring achievements by people who are not your every day heroes but even if you don’t usually appreciate these kinds of sport events you will certainly appreciate these one-of-a-kind moments of pure brilliance.

Category: Skateboard
Amazing Feat: Chris Cole 50+ attempts at a 360 Flip

Chris Cole is a professional skateboarder who is probably best known for his appearances in the highly successful Skate video games for the XBox 360 and for winning the coveted Thrasher’s Magazine Skater of the Year Award twice. In this clip he tries to execute a 360 Flip down a brutal staircase in San Fransisco, California. While I stopped counting his attempts the comments on the YouTube page tell us that he tried this trick for more than 50 times in a row. Many skateboarders would have quit after a few attempts due to the considerable impact he has to suffer each time landing on the concrete but not Chris Cole. His determination is truly inspiring.

Category: BMX
Amazing Feat: Mat Hoffman World Record Air

Mat ‘The Condor’ Hoffman might be one of the most recognizable characters in extreme sports history. Few others have influenced the BMX genre in the way he did as he has invented more than a hundred tricks that are now standard in the genre, as well as appearing in several video games based around his person that helped to bring this sport to a wider audience. In his career he has not only accomplished everything a BMX rider possibly can, but rather pushed the boundaries of the sport far beyond the usual competitive aspect. The clip shows one of his most ridiculous stunts that involves an over-sized ramp that has been build for the sole purpose of setting a new world record in terms of highest air, a motor-cross bike that helped him gain enough speed and a lot of courage. If you wonder how dangerous this stunt actually is then let me tell you that he tore his spleen and almost died when he tried to perform this feat a few years earlier.

Category: Golf
Amazing Feat: Tiger Woods Chip at the 2005 Masters

I’m pretty sure that some of you have already seen this clip before. With more than 400,000 views on YouTube it is one of the more viral videos here but when you read the title of this list, this clip just fits perfectly. Tiger Woods faces one of the toughest pitches on the entire course and you just have to love the commentators discussing how difficult it is to even get near the hole. The first minute of this clip show how Tiger analyzes the situation and he definitely looks pained over this shot. The outcome of this shot is sheer brilliance displayed by the greatest golfer of all time. It almost has a commercial feel to it when you see the ball seemingly stopping just inches away from the hole, and the line of the commentator (‘In your life have you ever seen anything like this?’) just sums up this great shot perfectly.

Category: BMX
Amazing Feat: Anthony Napolitan Lands First BMX Double Front Flip

Anthony Napolitan is a professional BMX rider who gained notoriety and respect from his fellow peers by pulling off a trick at the 2006 X Games that has never been seen before. He failed the double front flip before, missing a safe landing by a couple of degrees and though every failed attempt at this monstrous ramp almost certainly means injury or worse he seems to be determined to nail this trick in front of the large crowd. In this clip he lands the trick as clean as it gets and seeing this achievement in slow motion just gives you goosebumps.

Category: Darts
Amazing Feat: Phil Taylor 9 Dart Finish Twice In One Match

I must admit that I am not a huge fan of darts. I find it rather boring to watch on television and every time I happen to stumble over it while changing channels I seem to see the same guy over and over again. This guy comes from England and is called Phil Taylor. He also happens to be the best darts player who ever lived which comes as no surprise when you consider that he has won the world championship 15 times. In this clip he pulls off of a feat that also has never been seen before. For those of you who don’t know what a 9 Dart finish is let me tell you that first of all, it is extremely difficult, almost bordering on impossible. Comparable to a perfect game in bowling the darts player must finish a single game (or leg) in the minimum amount of shots possible, which is 9. While this finish alone is more than tough Phil Taylor does the impossible and scores two 9 dart finishes in a single match.

Category: Poker
Amazing Feat: Annette Obrestads Uncanny Fold at World Series of Poker 2010

Some may argue that poker is not really a sport and they might have a point but everyone who enjoys raising, betting and folding every once in a while will agree that there is a certain competitive aspect to the game that bears a striking resemblance to the other sports you will see on this list. If you have trouble agreeing to this just consider poker as a mental sport and this is definitely within the boundaries of this list’s topic. In this clip you will see young Norwegian professional poker player, Annette Obrestad, who happens to find herself in the middle of several other players at a hand at the World Championship of Poker in 2010. Every recreational poker player knows how hard it is to fold a flopped full house later on in a hand, especially when the board runs out rather unscary, like in this example. This hand is talked about even today in various poker forums and shows the uncanny ability of Obrestad as she just soul-reads his opponents hand perfectly and finds the extremely unlikely but correct fold. Sheer genius for her age.

Category: Motor Cross
Amazing Feat: Travis Pastrana Double Back Flip

Travis Pastrana is yet another professional BMX rider who just happens to be utterly insane. Good for him that his apparent death wish is matched by sheer talent. In this clip he tries to pull off a double back flip and I think I don’t have to mention that this has never been done before, or do I? Prior to this stunt he has told his mother what he is about to try with the words: ‘I’m going to do the double back flip and if something happens just remember I love you and I’m just having fun.’ This clearly shows that a failed attempt at this stunt might easily result in a long hospitalization, if your lucky, that is. The moment when he is up in the air and the whole crowd goes silent in anticipation of the outcome is very chilling and believe me when I tell you that you actually feel very relieved after watching the whole clip.

Category: Skateboard
Amazing Feat: Bob Burnquist 2001 Vert Run at X Games

Bob Burnquist is one of the best known professional skateboarders out there. He was featured in the popular Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series and has been the center of attention due to some of his crazy stunts like successfully going over a loop ramp that had a gap in it or doing a base jump at the Grand Canyon after grinding a specifically designed rail. In this clip you will see him in action at the 2001 X Games doing a vert run that can only be described as mesmerizing. Following the theme of this list you don’t necessarily have to like skateboarding. You might even have a dislike against this sport but either way, you will be blown away by the incredible run that the Brazilian genius pulls off. In the first part of the clip you’ll see Bucky Lasek, a very talent skateboarder in his own right, completing his excellent run that leaves Bob Burnquist as the last skater standing on the ramp with an almost impossible task. In order to beat Lasek he’d have to really show something spectacular in his last run and boy, does he deliver. The commentators just contribute to this clip perfectly and will leave you smiling after 2:35 minutes of the most beautiful display of a skateboarding performance.

Category: Snooker
Amazing Feat: Ronnie O’Sullivans fastest Maximum Break in Snooker History

Ronnie O’Sullivan is definitely the one when people talk about the thin threshold between brilliance and madness. When he has one of his good days he literally sweeps over the field of competitors leaving them not the slightest chance to win a match of snooker against him. On his good days he delivers relentlessly on the green felt and makes former world champions look like amateurs. But there is another side to him, too. His father is a convicted murderer and currently serves time in prison and it might be some of his genes that are responsible for Ronnies behavior at the table that is often less than gentleman-like. He quits games in the middle of a session, leaving hundreds of paid fans mad at him for ruining their afternoon and he also likes to play left handed to displease his opponents, openly ridicule them, while still crushing their souls on the felt. In this clip you will see a good day. Maybe even the best day this talented man has ever had. In a record 5:20 minutes he manages to clear the whole table, an extremely difficult feat to accomplish but the speed and accuracy of his shots are a beautiful display of raw talent that is unmatched in this sport.

Category: Skateboard
Amazing Feat: Danny Ways Slams and Stomps

During my research I have found many moments in these alternative sports that were uplifting and truly inspiring. You have seen nine of these moments already and in their own right, these video clips are nothing short of spectacular and might or might not send a shiver down your spine. But from the moment on I saw Danny Way in this video clip I knew I had to put him on the top of the list. The clip shows a true skateboard legend going through arguably the most emotional moments of his life. Once again, we find ourselves at the X Games, more specifically at the ridiculously huge ramp. We see Danny going down this monster and his first attempt at performing looks spectacular in all regards, except for the end when he lands on the rail of the monster ramp shin first and bails in shocking fashion. For a few moments he lays still and the last thing anyone in the crowd or any viewer has in mind are the remaining three runs that he could possibly take. But Danny sure has other plans in mind. As the commentator says, this is really a lesson in determination.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2012/05/13/10-amazing-alternative-sports-clips/

This Guy Has Four Limbs Less Than Most People, But It Doesn’t Stop Him From Being Totally Badass

Chris Koch won’t let anything hold him back. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=H9S3n_tILKo. youtube.com

2. This is Chris Koch, a 35-year-old farmer and rancher in Alberta, Canada. He’s pretty amazing.

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4. See, Koch was born without any arms or legs. But he never lets that stop him from being totally awesome.

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5. “When I tell people I’m a farmer, I’m pretty sure people are like, ‘Yeah, right,’” he said.

"When I tell people I'm a farmer, I'm pretty sure people are like, 'Yeah, right,'" he said.

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The farmer and motivational speaker was featured on the OWN Network’s Steep Your Soul series.

6. Koch was raised in the town’s small farming community, but he said he was never treated like he had a disability, and it helped make him independent.

Koch was raised in the town's small farming community, but he said he was never treated like he had a disability, and it helped make him independent.

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“Talking to my dad I asked him, ‘What did you do differently with me than you would’ve with any other kid?’ And he said, ‘Nothing.’ So my independence is almost endless now because of their approach.”

7. There are plenty of things that Chris can’t do. “I cannot swim to save my life. You drop a bowling ball and me at the same time and I will beat the bowling ball to the bottom, nine times out of …. Nine,” he said.

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8. But for the most part, nothing holds him back.

But for the most part, nothing holds him back.

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He’s been driving a tractor (with help from a 2×4 to reach the pedals) since he was “nine or 10.”

9. I mean, he can golf, ski, snowboard, and play the piano. And do this.

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Impressed?

10. Plus, he’s got an awesome sense of humor.

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“I was handing out Halloween candy one year and kids were like, ‘Oh, awesome costume!’ I was like, ‘I’m wearing jeans and a T-shirt, this isn’t a costume. This is me!’”

11. Koch hopes to inspire others to live their life to their greatest potential, like he has.

Koch hopes to inspire others to live their life to their greatest potential, like he has.

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“Some people are ashamed of their freckles, some people are ashamed of that spare tire around their waist,” he said. “… I think if you’re worried about how you look you’re cheating yourself out of opportunities.”

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‘Little too late, guys': WH finally ‘outraged’ over ‘images’ of Ukraine violence

Better late than never? In this case, that’s doubtful.

After barely mustering up enough energy to be “appalled” by the “unacceptable violence” in Ukraine and threaten “consequences” for those who “stop over the line,” the White House now expects us to believe that it’s “outraged”:

“Outraged by images,” that is:

Such incendiary language, Jay!

Boy, if the Ukrainian government didn’t take us seriously before, it sure will now!

Good point.

Well, to be fair, President Obama has been very busy lately:

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After movie night.
After binging on HBO
After golfing through a drought

Now the White House is outraged

thewilderness.me— S.M (@redsteeze) February 20, 2014

There’s only one thing that can ease the White House’s burden and make this problem go away:

Get on that, Ukraine.

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President Optics: ‘Kiev: ON FIRE; Venezuela: ON FIRE; Obama: Watching a movie’ [pics]

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/20/little-too-late-guys-wh-finally-outraged-over-images-of-ukraine-violence/

The 101 Most Insane Things That Have Ever Happened In Florida

All of these are REAL news stories about ACTUAL events that happened in the great state of Florida.

1. Accused Florida man says his cat downloaded child porn, not him.2. Florida man calls 911 80 times to demand Kool-Aid, hamburgers, and weed3. Man says cocaine in his buttocks isn’t his4. Man stabbed in confusion over harmonicas5. Drunk woman calls 911 to say she was lost in woods, did not know where to urinate6. Trapper trying to catch elusive loose monkey gets death threats7. Sex-doll threesome man gets off8. Florida man has sex with pit bull in his yard as neighbors beg him to stop

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9. Man sprinkled fiancée’s ashes at LensCrafters, causing Florida mall’s evacuation: Sarasota Police10. Florida strip club offering free flu shots11. Roommates’ argument over dog ends with (human) bites, deputies say12. Florida man beats daughter for 40 minutes to the tune of “Blurred Lines”13. Woman plans to sue philanthropist after donkey attack14. Largo man arrested for 120th time

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15. Teacher injured in airborne fish attack16. Florida DMV tells woman she lives on “Eat Ass” Street

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17. Man who “exposed himself” tells police: “I was just airing out my penis”18. “Not Homeless Need Boobs”: Fla. woman asks for donations alongside busy roadway19. Flaming lingerie prompts K-Mart evacuation20. Man trapped by fallen water buffalo head21. Grave keeper sued over monkey’s resting place22. Woman accused of trying to sell “hot” snakes at pet shop23. Herpes-infected monkeys terrorize Florida24. Babysitter accused of sleeping on toilet as 2-year-old wanders to canal with alligators25. Polk Man pleads not guilty to swimming naked with gators26. Hybrid man-eating pythons? Florida is on alert27. Naked man asks, “Taser me, bro,” gets his wish28. Suspected thieves target school’s frozen chicken nuggets29. “Twilight” fan charged with making a false report to police to cover up bite marks30. Peanut butter ball dispute sends Golden Gate man to jail31. Woman in Fort Pierce said she called 911 because she “ate too much food”32. “Zombie” attacks guard in nudist resort scuffle, deputies say

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33. Police: Fla. teen accidentally shoots off his penis and testicle34. Grandma’s last resting place? A Fla. storage unit35. Man charged with folding woman into couch in Palmetto36. Florida man arrested for calling 911 after his cat was denied entry into strip club37. Pregnant woman attacked man with bowl of spaghetti, cops say38. Man dies after getting stuck in girlfriend’s cat door39. Potato salad rage leads to woman’s arrest

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40. Mom jailed in Etch A Sketch attack41. PSL man ate stolen ice cream sandwich he kept in pants, police say42. Lawmaker files bill to repeal state ban on dwarf tossing in bars43. Conehead mascot in pointy white hood mistaken as Klan follower44. Suspected Florida prostitute Christina Vavra busted by cop’s “flaccid rubber penis”45. “I’m guilty. Arrest me,” woman says after cucumber-salad attack46. Largo man accused of misusing 911 to report Taco Bell for not selling him tacos47. “Big hairy” buttocks, golf balls cited in St. Lucie County neighbor issue48. Man stole life-size Justin Bieber cutout49. Estates man arrested for DUI blames “boogeyman” for motorcycle crash, deputies report50. U.S. Airways allows man in underwear to fly

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51. Dumb blonde joke ends in nipple bite, knife attack52. Police: Teen stole car, candy canes53. Woman arrested after assaulting man with butter54. Man accused of attacking woman with swim noodle over watermelon dispute at Lowdermilk Park55. Tampa police say woman tried to buy her 80-year-old father a prostitute over Easter weekend56. Man accused of stealing truck full of Krispy Kremes57. Florida woman renews marriage vows with Ferris wheel named Bruce58. Duo stole golf cart from nudist resort for McDonald’s run, Pasco deputies say59. Kangaroo leads Florida deputies on 10-hour chase60. Beanie Babies swiped: Men accused of taking little girl’s toys during armed home invasion61. 75-year-old Orange City man accused of throwing grape at ex-wife’s face, threatening to kill her62. Drunken woman cries, eats stranger’s food while at PF Changs63. Florida man dies after winning cockroach-eating contest64. Robber had shorts on his head

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65. Polo club founder Goodman adopts his adult girlfriend66. Thieves kill family’s pet turkey for Thanksgiving meal67. Lake Park man allegedly obsessed with Fox News, GOP is in jail after threats made to girlfriend68. Man arrested in DUI case also had squirrel inside his shirt69. Florida woman Megan causes two-vehicle crash… while shaving her bikini line70. Florida man too fat for jail71. Man charged with lawn mower DUI72. 346-pound man punches Domino’s pizza guy for forgetting his garlic knots, cops say73. Pink-clad pooch stolen from gay bar by man with Britney tattoo74. Jackmeoff Mudd arrested In Fort Lauderdale75. Florida goat skateboards into Guinness Book of World Records

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76. Christopher Phillips attacks mom for using his taco sauce, salsa77. Mark Miller allegedly used sword, sandwich in Florida attack78. Bogus dentist accused of kissing buttocks of woman with toothache79. Mom bites daughter who tried to turn off Rihanna CD

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80. Florida man bites off girlfriend’s thumb on the way to Taco Bell81. Florida swingers’ orgy goes horribly wrong82. Trend of young people drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk hits Florida83. Wild raccoons invade school, pee on student84. Largo puppeteer wanted to “cook” and “eat” children85. “Zombie” attacks continue? Man under the influence gets naked, bites off chunk of man’s arm86. Man wears drug recipe on shirt, in court87. Burger King customer ordered “blunt and some herbs”88. Teen calls cops when she hears mom having sex89. Lake Park man arrested after confronting girlfriend for “casting spells”90. Florida man bitten by shark, punched by monkey (twice), struck by lightning, bitten by snake91. “Mean drunk” smears poop on teen’s face92. Deputy removes Doritos bag from deer’s head

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93. Man tries to trade alligator for beer94. Florida Man arrested for assault with Taco Bell burrito95. Deputies: Man terrorized 8-year-old over potato chips96. Florida Keys woman bites spring breaker’s face for littering97. Clerk laughed at bandit and just said “no”98. Florida accidentally banned all computers, smartphones in the state through internet cafeé ban99. Woman accused of etching image of male genitalia on stranger’s SUV at Publix, left note100. Man arrested for giving people wedgies101. Man stabbed brother over missing mac and cheese, beer

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Community Post: 23 People Who Are Normalizing Cat Fashion

1. They call him the Godpawther.

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2. Another year. Another family holiday card enhanced.

3. Shooter McGavin: A connoisseur of golf, real estate and cat t-shirts.

4. Mr. Shnuggles is not pleased with the new cat.

How dare he bring a bow tie into the equation.

5. I curse every student I have previously sat behind.

6. Now the East Coast natives can partake in the cat worshipping too.

We all know the Polos cannot be sacrificed.

7. Feeling a little left out here…

8. Dillon Francis doesn’t mess around when it comes to cats.

Despite the name of his song, he does GAFOS about the kitties.

9. Oh no he didn’t…

oh yes he did.

10. This is just the beginning.

Cats have acquired the shirts and pants. Next, planet earth.

11. He must be the father…

… of this struggling youngin’.

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12. Who’s the odd man out?

Cut off sleeves are so 2010.

13. Shark Week ratings are down. Discovery to pick up Ferocious Cat Week.

14. Gap staff on strike until this line is acquired.

15. Must be his spirit animal.

16. They call him “Icebox” cuz he’s so cool.

17. The cats can’t seem to find the escape route.

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18. It’s just so life-like.

19. Don’t have a real cat to wear on your head? He found the next best thing.

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20. Kitty is not pleased with your lack of attention.

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21. Wait… the cat or you?

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22. We are no longer in control.

23. The Original Cat Pants.

Quality has seemed to diminish over the years.

Bonus: Fashion Trends for Cats

The revamped iPhone 5 is so overrated. Cat headphones are the next big thing.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/clareh5/23-people-that-are-normalizing-cat-fashion-di2j

What It’s Like Being A Facebook Investor Right Now

1. Once again, Facebook’s shares failed to close above $38 — the price at which it went public.

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This is a big deal for Facebook because it’s been trying to figure out its business for the past year, and get its share price back to where it was when it went public. The stock has been on an amazing run in the past week following blowout earnings that showed significant strength in Facebook’s mobile business.

Still, not even that was good enough to send it back to $38 and get all the original investors back to at least break-even level. It came agonizingly close to that price yesterday and flirted with it all day Wednesday as well. But alas, it closed about $1 away from that mark.

3. And here is basically how all the investors are probably feeling right now.

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4. Because it’s so close.

6. I mean, COME ON.

7. RIGHT.

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9. It’s RIGHT THERE.

10. Well, there’s always tomorrow.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/what-its-like-being-a-facebook-investor-right-now

White House: Serious You Guys, we have proof Obama is on the Egypt situation [pic]

Well, that settles it. Everything is under control and President Obama is totally on that whole Egypt sitch after golfing and dining with the Comcast CEO during his Martha’s Vineyard vacay. The White House and National Security Council even released photographic evidence! Of Obama talking on a phone:

Hey, at least it wasn’t another pic of Joe Biden flirting with a camel.

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White House releases more ‘proof’ that Obama doesn’t think girls have cooties

White House: Hey, here’s a pic that proves Obama is totally focused on national security

ICYMI: This is funny. Serious You Guys.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/08/15/white-house-serious-you-guys-we-have-proof-obama-is-on-the-egypt-situation-photo/

Traverse City Golf Courses Introduce "FootGolf" to Local Links

Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

Two golf courses in this Northern Michigan resort community are introducing “FootGolf” this season — a hybrid between soccer and golf in which players try to sink their balls in 21-inch holes in as few “strokes” as possible.

The two courses – The Summit at Shanty Creek Resorts and Elmbrook in Traverse City – are adapting their links to the new game with full 18-hole FootGolf layouts.

“When we first heard about this, we thought it was something for kids – you know, birthday parties and things like that – but this is an international accredited sport,” said Elmbrook owner Carolyn Olson. “And it’s a perfect fit for Traverse City, with all the elite soccer clubs and coaches we have in this area.”

The idea of blending golf and soccer has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that Dutch enthusiasts created official rules and courses for the sport. It is now a recognized tournament sport in over 20 countries, and the American FootGolf League recognizes 85 participating U.S. courses in 29 states. Two of the four courses in Michigan are in Traverse City.

FootGolf is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball, and its basic rules are like those of golf: the first shot at each hole has to be taken from the tee, and players must play past the usual array of bunkers, trees, water hazards and hills.

Footgolfers are expected to abide by the rules of the hosting course, including dress code and appropriate shoes. A distinctive uniform is often worn (collared shirt, flat Hogan-style cap, golf pants or shorts, knee-length argyle socks and soccer shoes – not cleats.)

Adapting an existing golf course for FootGolf isn’t as difficult as it might seem. FootGolf fairways run parallel to existing golf layouts (18 holes of FootGolf can be played in about the same time as nine holes of traditional golf) and the big 21-inch holes are typically placed in the rough or near undesirable hazards like sand traps, so it’s rare for players of the two games to come into contact – or conflict – with each other.

American golf professionals are looking at FootGolf as one of several strategies for reinvigorating their sport and bringing new players to an increasingly moribund pastime – in much the way that snowboarding has helped revive flagging ski resorts. The PGA is encouraging its members to experiment with several initiatives designed to make golf more attractive to potential new players and bring more revenue to cash-strapped properties.

One such initiative is the so-called “Golf 2.0” campaign promoted by golfer Jack Nicklaus to bring more fun to the game — particularly for women and youth — and increase the number of new players. Last year Shanty Creek adopted several of the campaign’s suggestions, adding 8-inch cups to all 18 greens at its Schuss Mountain course (in addition to the regulation 4 ¼-inch cups) as a way to make the game easier and more approachable for beginners and less experienced golfers. This season it is going a step further, adding forward tees and 15-inch cups to the Summit course. Families have the option when playing together to play to the standard cup or to the 15-inch cup.

The resort also allows children 17 and under to play for free on its Schuss Mountain and Summit courses, as long as they’re with a paying adult. On Sundays after 2 pm, kids can even play free on the resort’s top-tier courses, The Legend and Cedar River.

“By implementing these innovative and unprecedented programs with 15-inch cups and now FootGolf at Shanty Creek Resorts, we will undoubtedly attract more families and new golfers to the resort, and that is exactly what the industry needs,” said Shanty Creek golf director Brian Kautz.

In addition, during July and August, Shanty’s golf pros lead a two-hour weekly junior golf program every Thursday as well as a Junior Golf Camp. The weekly junior program costs $25 for resort guests and includes two hours of instruction and an hour of on-course experience. The Junior Golf Camp, which costs $195, includes four-hours of instruction and on-course experience.

The programs — designed to teach young players the game while their parents are playing golf — incorporate rules, etiquette and history. A junior tournament is also held at the end of August for those who participated in the programs, and enrollees enjoy unlimited access and use of the driving ranges at both Summit and Schuss.

12 Ridiculously Cute Pictures Of Edinburgh’s First Baby Armadillo

1. Edinburgh Zoo has final had some good news in the shape of Rica – a newborn three-banded armadillo.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

2. She’s in there, promise.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

3. Rica is the first armadillo to be born at the zoo and her birth follows the sad news that Edinburgh’s giant panda Tian Tian is no longer pregnant.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

4. So let’s all take the time to look at Rica’s few first days in Scotland.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

5. Sleeping was clearly the first order of business.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

6. Lots of it.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

7. According to the zoo when she was first born Rica was the size of a golf ball.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

8. CUTE!

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

9. But she has grown rapidly in recent days…

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo
10.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

11. Rica who was born to mum Rio and dad Rodar on 24 August.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

12. While dad is back out for the public to see, mum and Rica will remain off-show for the foreseeable future, a statement from the zoo said.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo

So for now these cute pics will just have to do.

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