Segway Polo began gaining popularity around 2004 in California and since has become a world wide cult phenomenon. The rules are general the same has horse polo but participants ride Segways rather than horses. The sport’s world championship match is called the Woz Cup and has been in existence since 2006.
It’s likely that even people who aren’t fans of the Harry Potter books would understand the excitement of a Quidditch match, and pretty much anyone would want to fly around on a broom stick if they could. Since the actual game is impossible until scientists finally get around to inventing magic fans of the book began playing what is known as Muggle Quidditch. It’s the same game as in the books, but instead of flying on broomsticks players simply run around with them between their legs. It might sound lame but it has become widely popular at the collegiate level and matches are beginning to be reported on by major news outlets.
International Mathematical Olympiad
The Mathematical Olympiad is quite possibly the most boring sport to watch in the history of sports. It is a yearly math competition for high school students around the world, and while it offers prestige in academic circles it’s super geeky to the rest of the world.
Betty White Is Actually Older Than Sliced Bread
Everyone know’s Betty White is old and she regularly makes jokes about her age, but many fans would be surprised to learn that the nonagenarian actress is actually older than sliced bread! Sliced bread was first sold in 1928, and Ms. White was born in 1922.
Strawberries Aren’t Berries…But Bananas Are
It’s a regularly known fact that peanuts are neither a pea or a nut, but what many people don’t realize is that strawberries aren’t actually berries. The official definition of a berry is “a fleshy fruit born of a single ovary”, and strawberries do not fit this description. Even more surprisingly bananas, avocados, and watermelons are in fact… berries!
Honey Never Goes Bad
It might seem strange to find a food source that has no expiration date, but that’s part of the magic of honey. Every once in a while archaeologists will come across clay jars of honey dating back thousands of years and find that it is perfectly preserved. This is due partially to the fact that honey is high in sugar and low in water which makes it an unlikely place for bacteria to live. It’s also highly acidic which helps in preservation as well.
Amelia Earhart was an unforgettable aviation pioneer. She was the first female pilot to make a solo flight across the Atlantic. And even though her flight across the Pacific Ocean disappeared in 1937, we’re still intrigued by the mystery today. In 2013, the possible wreckage of her plane was found off the coast of a tropical Pacific island — along with artefacts like freckle cream and the buttons and zipper of a flight jacket. It’s believed Amelia and her copilot may possibly have survived on the isolated island for a time after having made an emergency landing in their Lockheed Electra 10E.
Luanda Boeing 727-223 (2003)
In May, 2003 a Boeing 727-223 disappeared — while still on the ground. The plane — previously owned by American Airlines — was taken from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, Angola. On board the plane was Ben Charles Padilla — a mechanic, flight engineer, and private pilot — and maybe one or more other people. While the plane was making its escape down the runway, the control tower tried to make contact, but got no response. The aircraft’s transponder had also been switched off. The FBI and CIA began a worldwide hunt for the plane — which had vanished into thin air.
Fuerza Aerea Argentina C-54 (1965)
In November, 1965 a Fuerza Aera Argentina C-54 disappeared in flight. But whether it crashed into the Costa Rican jungle — or perhaps the Caribbean Sea — is still unknown. Searchers later recovered 25 lifebuoys, personal belongings, and parts of a wreckage in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. But the ultimate fate of the plane remains a mystery to this day.