Breaking News Getty U.S. Olympic legend Harrison Dillard -- whom General Patton once called "the best goddamn athlete I’ve ever seen" -- has died at 96. Dillard was an absolute BEAST of an athlete -- winning 4 Olympic gold medals and smashing more than 11 world and Olympic records during his illustrious career, according to the NY Times. In fact, Dillard was the "World's Fastest Man" in 1948 after winning the 100-meter dash at the Olympics ... and became "World's Fastest Hurdler" at the 1952 Games. Dillard is also a military veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 32 months during World War II and after dominating at an Army track meet, Gen. Patton called him, "The best goddamn athlete I've ever seen." He later worked as a running coach for the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. Dillard is a two-time Hall of Famer ... he was elected to the National Track and Field H.O.F. in 1974 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in '83. Dillard passed away on Friday after … [Read more...] about Olympic Legend Harrison Dilliard Dies, ‘World’s Fastest Man In ’48’
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It’s funny what being held at gunpoint will do to you. And being held at gunpoint by a megalomaniacal rock star? Well, that doesn’t feel very good at all. Not when the rock star has spent the past three months, the entire spring of 1995, living a fantasy life right in front of you, sipping martinis and passing a joint around at 11a.m. with his new wife, a pert blonde actress who inspires over a billion people around the world to drool each week as she runs across the beach in a tight red bathing suit. Not when you’ve been laying wires, tearing up the walls and painting again and again, because the light switch the rock star thought he wanted over here he now wants just there. By the time Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson abruptly fired the handful of the people renovating their Malibu mansion, refusing to pay for work they said was shoddily done, electrician Rand Gauthier was so sick of the celebrity couple’s demands that he was ready to simply write off the $20,000 … [Read more...] about Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape
Last summer, an elite group of scientists, economists and government officials gathered at Snowmass ski resort near Aspen, Colorado, to contemplate the end of the world. The weeklong “workshop, held in the shadow of 14,000-foot-high peaks at the Top of the Village lodge, was organised by the Energy Modeling Forum, a group of academics and industry leaders affiliated with Stanford University. A few months earlier, Stanford professor John Weyant, the director of the group, had asked participants to consider a nightmare scenario: It’s 2010, and global warming is not only happening, it’s accelerating. The Greenland and western Antarctic ice sheets are melting at an exponential rate, leading to predictions of a twenty-foot rise in sea levels by 2070. In this scenario, southern Florida vanishes, New York City becomes an aquarium, London looks like Venice. In Bangladesh alone, 40 million people are displaced by the rising waters. Droughts cripple food production, leading to … [Read more...] about Can Geoengineering Save The World?
Roland gift and David Steele are walking down a street in a gray, mostly industrial section of north London. A car drives by, and the woman at the wheel looks at Gift and waves. He grins and waves back. Steele stares at the car as it drives away, then looks back at his partner. ”Who was that?” he asks, puzzled. Gift stops in his tracks and looks confused. ”I don’t know,” he says, finally. ”I guess I still think that if somebody waves at you, they must know you.” He shakes his head. ”I keep forgetting that maybe they just recognize me.” These days, lots of people recognize Roland gift, and his two colleagues also. Gift, David Steele and Andy Cox are Fine Young Cannibals, and Fine Young Cannibals are the latest group of Brits to conquer the American charts. After a modestly successful first album and three years of silence, they came back with two Number One singles (”She Drives Me Crazy” and ”Good … [Read more...] about Fine Young Cannibals: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
It’s a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside. The two-bedroom house, on loan from a WikiLeaks supporter, is comfortable enough, with a big stone fireplace and a porch out back, but it’s not as grand as the country estate where he spent the past 363 days under house arrest, waiting for a British court to decide whether he will be extradited to Sweden to face allegations that he sexually molested two women he was briefly involved with in August 2010. WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails: A Secrect Indictment Against Julian Assange? Assange sits on a tattered couch, wearing a wool sweater, dark pants and an electronic manacle around his right ankle, visible only when he crosses his legs. At 40, the WikiLeaks founder comes across more like an embattled rebel commander than a hacker or journalist. He’s become better at handling the media – more willing to answer questions than he used to be, less … [Read more...] about Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview