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February 18, 2014
9:20 // 6 months ago
February 16, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 16, 2014

In a shocking but as-yet-unverified confession, jailed “Craigslist Killer” Miranda Barbour told a local newspaper she killed nearly two dozen people as part of her connection to a Satanist cult. Police and the FBI are currently working to verify the claims.

Apparently the weather in Sochi is a big enough problem that they had to ship in 24 tons of salt from Switzerland to ensure they could properly prepare some of the events.

Could you imagine Apple owning Tesla Motors? It’s apparently a rumor that was floating around this week.

If you don’t want to know what happened in the first episode of House of Cards season two, don’t click this link.

Good news, America: Soon you’ll be able to order a chalupa via a smartphone.

19:11 // 6 months ago
February 13, 2014
He got to see the opening ceremony, but I think he was on the phone 20 times a day while he was in Sochi. When we went through security checkpoints, he was cradling his phone to his ear.
NBCUniversal head Stephen B. Burke • Discussing Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts, who brokered the deal to buy Time Warner Cable while he was in friggin’ Sochi. That’s rich.
20:55 // 6 months ago
February 7, 2014
Like Gollum, Sochi is missing a ring.
EDIT: Even better in GIF form, via Gawker:

Like Gollum, Sochi is missing a ring.

EDIT: Even better in GIF form, via Gawker:

11:35 // 6 months ago
January 16, 2014
15:45 // 7 months ago
December 31, 2013
nbcnews:

US Olympic CEO: Russian bombings ‘a preview of what could happen’ in Sochi
(Photo via TODAY)
With just over a month to go before the Winter Olympics get underway in Russia, a top U.S. Olympic official addressed the pair of deadly attacks during a 24-hour period this week in the Russian city of Volgograd. 
More from TODAY

Welp, that certainly sounds optimistic.

nbcnews:

US Olympic CEO: Russian bombings ‘a preview of what could happen’ in Sochi

(Photo via TODAY)

With just over a month to go before the Winter Olympics get underway in Russia, a top U.S. Olympic official addressed the pair of deadly attacks during a 24-hour period this week in the Russian city of Volgograd. 

More from TODAY

Welp, that certainly sounds optimistic.

16:10 // 8 months ago
November 10, 2013
theatlantic:

Before it arrives in Sochi, the Olympic torch will spend some time in space

Is it possible to be jealous of an inanimate object? If so, then I am jealous of an inanimate object. Specifically, of the Sochi 2014 Olympic flame. Which has spent the past month—and will spend another three months—taking an envy-inducingly epic tour of Earth. 
Before it makes its way to the shores of southern Russia in early February, the Olympic torch, with its symbolic flame, will have traveled to the North Pole (on a high-speed, nuclear-powered icebreaker). It will have summited Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak. It will have descended to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. It will have been transported by plane, train, car, icebreaker, and, yes, reindeer sleigh to more than 130 cities and towns in Russia. It will have traveled nearly 40,000 miles—the longest route in Olympic history—carried by some 14,000 people. It will have gotten to witness some of the most amazing places on Earth. 
And also! Some of the most amazing places outside of Earth. Because the Sochi 2014 torch, on top of everything else, is going on a spacewalk. 
Read more. [Image: NASA]


Super neat. 

theatlantic:

Before it arrives in Sochi, the Olympic torch will spend some time in space

Is it possible to be jealous of an inanimate object? If so, then I am jealous of an inanimate object. Specifically, of the Sochi 2014 Olympic flame. Which has spent the past month—and will spend another three months—taking an envy-inducingly epic tour of Earth.

Before it makes its way to the shores of southern Russia in early February, the Olympic torch, with its symbolic flame, will have traveled to the North Pole (on a high-speed, nuclear-powered icebreaker). It will have summited Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak. It will have descended to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. It will have been transported by plane, train, car, icebreaker, and, yes, reindeer sleigh to more than 130 cities and towns in Russia. It will have traveled nearly 40,000 miles—the longest route in Olympic history—carried by some 14,000 people. It will have gotten to witness some of the most amazing places on Earth. 

And also! Some of the most amazing places outside of Earth. Because the Sochi 2014 torch, on top of everything else, is going on a spacewalk.

Read more. [Image: NASA]

Super neat. 

9:33 // 9 months ago
September 26, 2013
As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied. This is the case.
Jean-Claude Killy, IOC delegate and former gold medal skiier • In response to criticisms of Russia’s new anti-gay laws, during a press conference that followed a recent visit of the Sochi facilities by several IOC representatives. Despite widespread criticism of Russia’s new law, the International Olympic Committee says the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will go forward as planned. source
16:46 // 11 months ago
September 7, 2013
olympics:

Tokyo reacts after being elected as 2020 Olympic Games Host City.

The Olympics will return to Japan in 2020, for the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This time Tokyo will play host, having beat out the Turkish capitol of Istanbul in a run-off, despite concerns in recent days that the IOC would shirk Tokyo amid concerns about the ongoing (and we do stress ongoing) radioactivity leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

olympics:

Tokyo reacts after being elected as 2020 Olympic Games Host City.

The Olympics will return to Japan in 2020, for the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This time Tokyo will play host, having beat out the Turkish capitol of Istanbul in a run-off, despite concerns in recent days that the IOC would shirk Tokyo amid concerns about the ongoing (and we do stress ongoing) radioactivity leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

20:23 // 11 months ago
August 7, 2013

Let us realize that in fact, sport is cultural. It does not exist in a bubble outside society or politics. The idea that sport and politics don’t connect is worse than disingenuous, worse than stupid. It is wickedly, willfully wrong. Everyone knows politics interconnects with everything for “politics” is simply the Greek for ‘to do with the people’.

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.

He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it.

Stephen Fry • In an open letter, published via his personal website on Wednesday, to British Prime Minister David Cameron and all other members of the International Olympic Committee, imploring the IOC to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of Russia’s vow to uphold the country’s new anti-gay laws when athletes from around the globe travel to Sochi next year. source
17:08 // 1 year ago