Ah! The London 2012 Olympics, so spectacular and inspiring, and the beacon of human excellence and dedication. Watching the opening ceremony, I was enthralled at the displays of human ingenuity and celebration. As the representing people from each country marched forward with such happiness and pride, there was nothing short of enthusiasm. It is as if for once, the world was bound together to celebrate human greatness. The diversity of each nation was represented with different ornaments of clothing, flags, and even people. It was absolutely beautiful, beautiful to witness the unity of the world to achieve greatness. Of course, each nation was separated and wanted to win, but each harbored the best athletes from the perspective nation. The Olympics is such a rare occasion when the world is finally united for a common cause: to compete and achieve greatness. The Olympic Games themselves are absolutely thrilling. So many of the stoic athletes champion qualities we revere: solid dedication, perseverance, and commitment to becoming the best they can be. Watching the games is absolutely captivating as you immerse yourself in the intensity of each stroke, throw, kick, jump, hit, fall, and movement. It’s astounding to witness the world’s best compete with such excellence, enticing to watch the gymnasts move so gracefully with minute attention to detail. The Olympics is where the hundredth of the second means the difference between the best in the world and runner up. Anything can happen during the game, it’s completely spontaneous and unexpected, which makes it even more thrilling. Players get disqualified, reinstated, catch up at the last moment, lose at the last moment, make incredible combats, fall, get hurt, hurt each other, and the list goes on. And just like anything else, the Olympics is not short of scandal, either, from Queen Elizabeth’s disheartening look to commentator slip ups and the presence of unwanted people on India’s introduction team. Nonetheless, it’s a celebration that unites the world, something we sadly, rarely ever see.
Russian soldiers sleeping with puppy, Prague, Georgy Lipskerov 1945.
Hrm… these areinteresting. Although the whole “a village of 100 people” seems so odd I’m just sitting here thinking “yeah, that’s how percentages work?”
A breakdown of what the average American household buys, based on government data (PDF) for December, 2011.
We didn’t include everything, but we included the biggies, as well as some smaller categories that caught our eye.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / Planet Money
Dear average Americans, please spend more on books, magazines, and newspapers and less on alcohol. Your friend, Newsweek.
Patsy Takemoto Mink (December 6, 1927- September 28, 2002)She was the first female Asian American elected to Congress in 1964 as a representative for Hawaii. She was also the first Asian American to seek the Democratic Party Presidential nomination in 1972.