How Reckless Golfing Almost Burned This City to the Ground

In August of 2010, a fire that burned 12 acres in Irvine, California was allegedly started by a golfer. His ball had strayed off the green and into the rough, and something dangerous happened when he hit the ball off some rocks. After a scientific investigation, we know what lit the fire. » 3/25/14 9:00am 3/25/14 9:00am

How an 1836 Famine Altered the Genes of Children Born Decades Later

Why do some identical twins look so different from each other? Could your eating habits during puberty have an impact on the genetic makeup of your grandkids? These are just two of the startling questions raised by the science of epigenetics, as this "deleted" chapter from David Epstein's book The Sports Gene explains. » 8/26/13 8:00am 8/26/13 8:00am

I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again

Say you've just had ACL surgery. Or you're recovering from a bad break. Or, worse, you suffer a stroke, or MS, or spinal or neurological damage. Regaining the power to walk is one of the toughest things you can do, and it may be impossible without a crutch, rail, or physical therapist to lean on. The AlterG Bionic… » 7/10/13 5:37pm 7/10/13 5:37pm

42 years ago today, astronaut Alan Shepard went golfing on the Moon

In doing so, he secured himself what is hands down the greatest golf story ever told, not to mention the record for longest drive in history — which, if calculations are to be believed, could well have exceeded 2.5 miles, with a hangtime of around 70 seconds. How's that for a long drive? » 2/06/13 11:20am 2/06/13 11:20am

Marching band turns into a giant DeLorean for their Back To The Future

We love it when marching bands go geeky. The best part is listening to the announcer talk about the Mayan calendar and doomsday, in what is by far the most complicated marching band narrative ever told. » 10/23/12 7:15am 10/23/12 7:15am

Soccer is for wusses: Barefoot Fireball is the true sport of champions

If you've been looking for a way to spice up your regular soccer game, take a cue from these East Java footballers. They light a coconut on fire, douse all the players in salt and non-flammable spices, say a prayer, and start playing football. Take that, everyone who's ever said you shouldn't play with fire. » 10/13/12 4:00pm 10/13/12 4:00pm

We all missed the greatest eBay auction of all time

This honor goes to "Mummified Cat Slam Dunking A Mummified Bird," which up until recently was for sale for a discount $750 buy-it-now price (via Geekologie). Because if there's anything that distinguishes you as an individual of taste and distinction, it's a barf-out effigy of Bastet schooling Horus on the basketball… » 9/27/12 11:30am 9/27/12 11:30am

Marching band blasts Game of Thrones theme, crowd goes insane

Florida State University's marching band recently blasted away the competition (and the television announcers) with a triumphant interpretation of the Game of Thrones theme. Watch as the crowd goes nuts (possibly also for the team, but in our hearts it's GOT and sports). And at halftime, they chopped off horse heads… » 9/24/12 6:45am 9/24/12 6:45am

Oscar Pistorius loses gold medal race, blames it on opponent's use of…

They say that turnabout is fair play. And indeed, after all the talk that Oscar Pistorius's prosthetic Cheetah's were giving him an unfair advantage against normal functioning athletes, it would appear that he has himself become the victim of an opponent with a technological edge. » 9/04/12 7:30am 9/04/12 7:30am