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The account tweeted the components of every possible scenario ahead of time, then retrospectively deleted all the ones inconsistent with reality. Many users have hinted that @FifNdhs has hidden his twitter profile before making it public. Luckily, since his tweets were visible to many viewers, twitter user Suresh Nakhua actually managed to screenshot a ...


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The Wikipedia List of Olympic records in Athletics page has links to each individual sport, listing the top 25 results by gender. I've compiled the information showing the 25th-best men's result vs. the best women's result. This does not prove the claim (top 100 men vs. top 100 women) but it does give a better feel for the discrepancy between genders in ...


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On the evidence of the IAAF, the 100th best male athlete is significantly faster and/or stronger than a female. Here are a few examples: Event 100th Man 1st Woman Eq male rank 100m 10.15 10.85 3,460th 1500m 3:38.28 3:56.68 > 3,143th (a) Marathon 2:08:46 2:18:11 797th High Jump 2.23 2.04 ...


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Extremes In the fuller quote, Dawkins seems to be talking about extremes, "Lots of women are taller than lots of men, but the tallest men are taller than the tallest women." He also uses the example of racehorses, which don't compete in a team sport, but rather against each other to see which can run the fastest. Finally with "most physical sports" ...


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Some studies came to the conclusion that bare knuckle boxing may be safer because people punch harder with gloves. This was also attributed to it being painful to punch really hard with just your fists. Here's a good summary of the studies: Smith and Smith et al. found that the boxing and karate gloves were not particularly effective in preventing ...


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People have used chess as a model for studying stress responses and therefore have done a detailed metabolic analysis. The key data is in table 1 (p. 347); here it is, reformatted and converted to Calories/hr: Energy expended (Cal/hr) Before Beginning Middle End ------------------------ ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Mean ...


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Almost certainly yes, if you only count single bets with "underdog" long odds on single sporting outcomes - several sources have looked into this, including betting companies themselves, and found nothing that comes close. If you allow any type of bet and aren't fussy about it being an "underdog" story (something that was added to the question after I wrote ...


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Even the linked article 'Bikini Climber' Freezes To Death After 65-Foot Fall Off Mountain indicates Wu wore a regular amount of clothing until she posed for photos: While photos usually showed Wu in a bikini, she was an experienced hiker and wore proper climbing gear until it was time for her pictures to be taken. The article also notes that she was on ...


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The marathon swimming records show that men are consistently outperforming women. The same goes for many other endurance sports: the records are still held by men. What you can find however is that women are comparatively better in endurance than men: the relative difference between the times decreases. See for example the article Gender and endurance ...


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It's clearly a representation of a script and not a real fight at all. This is what a WWE event is, according to WWE: Live events and television programming are our principal creative content and production activities. Our creative team develops compelling and complex characters and weaves them into dynamic storylines that combine physical and emotional ...


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It is very likely to be a fake. According to NKnews, The World Cup games are aired in North Korea by KCTV (although with delay and removed commentary), so it appears that there is no sense in faking news while the general population is aware of the developments at the World Cup, at least to some extent. Also, since the North Korea qualification games were ...


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One of the sites linked to in the question (www.kinesiotaping.co.uk) has been the subject of a complaint to the UK Advertising Standards Authority: The complainant challenged whether the following claims were misleading and could be substantiated: the description of the therapy under the heading "How does Kinesio Taping Work?"; the efficacy ...


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This incident did happen. The Kenyan newspaper The People has an article on the incident here. The website for the Zheng-Kai marathon also confirms most of the story. The results of the 2010 race show that Jacquline Nyetipei finished 2nd. The time for the split shows the first 5 women together. This suggests that she did indeed have a good chance of ...


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Regarding the claim that scratching is a "No Risk" activity, here is a study showing no HIV transmission from scratches and bites from a person with contaminated fingers and mouth: To examine the relative risk of transmission of the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) through bites and scratches, we studied 198 health care workers, 30 of whom were ...


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The University of Chicago's librarians, when the topic came up, could find no trace of a "Dr Blaslotto". From the outset the Suggestions Office thought this story a little fishy. (A U of C faculty member who's also a world-class powerlifter?) Indeed, trolling through PubMed, Web of Science, and WorldCat revealed no articles or books by Dr. Blaslotto -- ...


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As you mentioned stretching is clearly a very controversial subject Instead, use of stretching as a prevention tool against sports injury has been based on intuition and unsystematic observation rather than scientific evidence. (Source) A second major reason that many coaches and athletes still view static stretching as an important preactivity ...


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Related questions: Do those hologram bracelets do anything at all?, Do ion bracelets work? and also Has electromagnetic therapy been proven effective? Since the claim is regarding "ions", let's see if that has any basis in the product or reality. (Keep in mind, this answer was initially about the ion/holographic bracelets, but it's the same claim, just ...


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The study below suggests that it is true. Whether the evidence is sufficiently conclusive for the question about easier running is debatable. Bestaven E, Guillaud E, Cazalets J-R (2012) Is “Circling” Behavior in Humans Related to Postural Asymmetry? PLoS ONE 7(9): e43861. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043861. Available online, open-access. In this study, they ...


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The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced a report on its decisions against Armstrong. One of the key pieces of evidence against Armstrong was the testimonial of fellow cyclist Frankie Andreu about what he heard in an Indiana hospital room, while Armstrong was being treated for cancer. That testimony was initially challenged by Armstrong. However, one ...


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Yes. There has been a database of football/American Football/gridiron injuries maintained since 1931. The 2011 Annual Survey of Football Injury Research contains a table (Table 1) which lists "Fatalities: Directly Due to Football". The 2011 figure for High-School students is 678, and if you subtract the 13 deaths since 2008, you get the 665 figure quoted ...


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As a martial artist of 10 years, and an ex-medical profession in the area of sports/physical therapy I have a fair bit of experience in the area and can safely say that joint locks categorically are more dangerous to children than they are to grown adults. Despite my experience you're not here for anecdotes, so let's dive into the facts. When a child is ...


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Yes, Clinton has self-admittedly been a fan of both clubs for years. We can see from her opponents' view on the issues (obviously painted with a negative slant) that Hillary Clinton has claimed to be a long-time fan of both the Cubs and Yankees. GOP.com (the website of the Republican Party, Clinton's opponent in the elections) claims that (emphasis mine):...


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At the 2009 Berlin World Championships, where Usain Bolt set his current world records for the 100m and 200m races, following data was recorded: 100m [Source] As can be seen in this data: the time between 60m - 80m was the shortest for all the runners. For Usain Bolt it's: 20m in 1.61s, this translates to 12.4 m/s (~44.7 km/h, ~27.8 mph). 200m ...


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Except for some small details, the story appears to be true. It was Christmas Day (not Boxing Day) He might have only been out there for 15 minutes after that (instead of 20). Sam Bartram was the goalkeeper, and his autobiography details the event, parts of which have been quoted by various sources. The ESPN FC version also gives some background, in ...


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Mental effort does not significantly increase the amount of energy used by the brain. source the brain accounts for about 20% of the oxygen and, hence, calories consumed by the body. This high rate of metabolism is remarkably constant despite widely varying mental and motoric activity. Average base metabolic rate for men is 1632 kcal per day, so the ...


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The claim comes directly from the organizers and seems to be nothing more than self-promotion from some press releases being carelessly repeated over and over. Exactly what it means depends on how you chose to interpret “watched the Tour de France” but it's certainly not the case that 3.5 billion different people watched the live broadcast at some point ...


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No. The claim, that "when unconscious, we are all capable of full splits", is not supported by evidence. There is not a great deal of literature on this topic. One paper on a similar topic “Neurophysiologic influences on hamstring flexibility: a pilot study” concluded: Averaged over all 11 subjects, no change in the flexibility of the hamstring was ...


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I started with search engines looking for supporting evidence. However, I found none, so I decided to contact Under Armour directly. (Ping me in chat and add a comment for the full transcript. I have saved a copy.) Here are excerpts from the customer service representative (emphasis added): There is [sic] scientific studies proving this technology is ...


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Responding to this question is a bit complicated as it requires a degree of inferring the intent of the original author of the response to the article. Based upon this passage from the author: Children are not ready for traditional team sports until perhaps the last year of primary school at best. What he is pleased to call an "all must have prizes" ...


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