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  • In vilifying Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, Americans are splashing murky waters

    08/11/2016 3:05:06 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10 August 2016 | Sally Jenkins
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Feels good, doesn’t it, to slap water in the face of the rest of the world and go all jingoist? Lilly King kept America strong and pure when she sent a blast of chlorine into the eyes of that Russian criminal mastermind Yulia Efimova and prevented her from melting the earth’s core. Or something like that, right? But there is a disquieting aspect to the narrative going here at the Olympics. It’s not a moment of perfect American moral clarity. King, 19, is a swaggeringly great swimmer, but the rivalry between her and 24-year-old Efimova in...
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky Prays “The Hail Mary” Before Every Race

    08/08/2016 2:14:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 344 replies
    uCatholic ^ | August 8, 2016
    U.S. Olympian Katie Ledecky is the world record holder in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles, and the American record holder in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyles.In the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she will compete in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle. She has won Gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics and again in the 2016 Rio Olympics.But before every race Ledecky, a faithful Catholic, offers a Hail Mary. “I do say a prayer – or two – before any race. The Hail Mary is a beautiful prayer and I find that it calms me.” she said.In an interview with...
  • Gemeinde verbietet jetzt Burkinis im Schwimmbad! (I've translated it)

    07/01/2016 11:16:13 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies ^ | June 30 2016 |
    Der FP- Gemeinderat Peter Terzer hatte den Antrag eingebracht. Daraufhin wurde die Kleiderordnung im Stadtbad Hainfeld adaptiert: Nun darf das kühle Nass nur noch mit üblicher, den Hygienevorschriften entsprechender Badebekleidung betreten werden, erklärt Bürgermeister Albert Pitterle gegenüber "Es gab zwar keinen konkreten Anlass, aber die Badeordnung war ja doch schon Jahrzehnte alt." Terzer zeigte sich angesichts des nun beschlossenen Burkini- Verbots in einem Gespräch mit der "NÖN" durchaus zufrieden: "So wie der Text nun formuliert ist, kann sichergestellt werden, dass keine Person im Burkini das Becken betreten wird." "Unser Bad ist überschaubar" Neben der Kleiderordnung waren aber auch mögliche...
  • VIDEO: Genesis the Mermaid Proves Swimming is 99% Mental

    08/24/2015 10:20:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 24, 2015 | PJ-Comix
    This VIDEO of my 6 year old niece, Genesis the Mermaid, proves that swimming is 99% mental. As recently as this past May, she could barely swim. Years ago I tried to teach her older brother, Kenneth, how to swim at age 8 but it didn't work out too well. He didn't really learn to swim until he was at least 12. Therefore, I took a completely different tactic with Genesis. First of all, I only barely showed her the swim strokes. Instead I worked on her mind by getting her comfortable with being underwater to show it was no...
  • Man Is Killed by Alligator in Texas While Swimming, Despite Warnings From Local Officials Not to

    07/04/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 88 replies
    Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning.... Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told CNN affiliate KFDM that Woodward ignored verbal warnings and a posted “No Swimming Alligators” sign and seemed to mock the deadly creatures before going in the water. “He removed his shirt, removed his billfold … someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help,” Price said. The “No Swimming Alligators” sign was posted this week after a 10-foot alligator was spotted in the...
  • Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy (Teddy, not RFK or JFK!)

    03/30/2015 1:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    MSN / The Associated Press ^ | March 30, 2015 | Nedra Pickler and David Espo
    BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today's quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator's name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. "What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we were to follow his example a little bit harder?" the president asked a crowd of family, former aides and political dignitaries of both parties under a tent in raw weather just outside the doors of the Edward...
  • Soon: LIVE Report - Pres. Obama Remarks at Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opening LIVE THREAD

    03/30/2015 9:14:53 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 28 replies
    ABC ^ | March 30 2015 | No Attribution
    LIVE Report - Pres. Obama Remarks at Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opening
  • Former Miami Dolphins player swims nine miles to shore after falling off boat

    01/10/2015 9:41:57 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 10, 2015
    Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad apparently fell off his boat off the South Florida coast but arrived safely on shore early Thursday morning after swimming at least 10 hours and nine miles through the Atlantic Ocean waters, according to the Coast Guard. Konrad was wearing only his underwear when he approached the driveway gate of 1800 S. Ocean Blvd. and told a Palm Beach police officer working a security shift about his incredible experience, a Palm Beach police report says.
  • Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken severs spine in accident

    06/10/2014 1:48:12 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09 June 14
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. The 46-year-old swimmer, who goes by her married name Van Dyken Rouen, was injured Friday. She was airlifted to a hospital and had surgery to stabilize her spine. Hospital spokeswoman Alice Giedraitis didn't provide details Monday on Rouen's injuries. She said the swimmer was in good condition. A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord...
  • Unretired Michael Phelps makes triumphant return to the pool in US Grand Prix meet in Arizona

    04/24/2014 5:28:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2014 | Simon Hart
    Twenty months after he hung up his Speedos and swore he would never swim competitively again, Michael Phelps returned to the pool just as he left it at the London Olympics – with a victory salute to a packed stadium. His triumph may have not have been quite as prestigious as his last race, when he helped the United States to gold in the 4x100metres medley relay at London 2012, but there was no disguising his delight after winning his 100m butterfly heat at Thursday’s US Grand Prix Series meet in Mesa, Arizona. “Literally, I feel like a 10-year-old kid,”...
  • Swimmer Ian Thorpe Could Lose Use of Left Arm

    04/08/2014 4:53:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 8, 2014
    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm, Australian media reported on Tuesday. The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where he now lives. In February, Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the 31-year-old was suffering from depression after being found disorientated and behaving oddly near a vehicle in Australia after taking a mixture of anti-depressants and painkillers for a shoulder injury. Thorpe, who made his Games debut in Sydney in...
  • Feds Spending $175,000 to Observe ‘Swimming Abilities’ of Fish

    02/21/2014 4:01:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/21/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will spend $175,000 for a study on the “swimming abilities” of fish in the Northern Rockies, the agency announced on Thursday. The FWS, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, will award a grant for the study that will produce a “fish swimming video.” The grant announcement, entitled “Cooperative Research Program on the Swimming Abilities of Native Stream Fishes in the Northern Rockies-Upper Great Plains Regions of Montana,” estimated the project’s cost at $175,000.
  • (Muslim Brotherhood) Fatwa: Women Who Swim in the Sea Commit Adultery, Should Be Punished

    12/01/2013 11:19:32 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 70 replies
    India Today Online ^ | November 28, 2013 | India Today Online
    Fatwa: Women who swim in the sea commit adultery, should be punished • "When a woman goes swimming, as the word for sea is masculine, when "the water touches the woman's private parts, she becomes an 'adulteress' and should be punished." - Summary of a report titled "The misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis", as published in the Al Masry Al Youm. A report by a committee set up by Al Azhar, one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in Cairo, to study the fatwas issued by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis reveals how Islamists view...
  • Diana Nyad only 2 miles from finishing Cuba-to-Florida swim...poised for success on 5th try

    09/02/2013 11:04:40 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/2/13 | Chicago Tribune
    American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad was closing in on her long time quest to cross the Florida Straits on Monday, attempting to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Nyad was "really hurting" as she neared her destination of Key West some 48 hours after she set off from Havana, according to blog updates on her website.
  • Swimming champion turned movie star Esther Williams has died

    06/06/2013 10:15:20 AM PDT · by Borges · 49 replies
    WP - AP ^ | 6/6/13
    Swimming champion turned movie star Esther Williams has died
  • Majority of pools are contaminated by poop, CDC says

    05/17/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/17/13 | Karen Rowan
    There's poop in public pools, according to a new report. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found genetic material from E. coli bacteria in 58 percent of public pools they tested during the summer of 2012. This shows that "swimmers frequently introduced fecal material into pools," which could spread germs to other people, the researchers wrote in their report. E. coli bacteria are normally found in the human gut and feces. They also found genetic material from bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, whichcan cause skin rashes and ear infections, in 59 percent of pools. The fecal material...
  • Dinosaurs Swimming out of Necessity (article)

    04/26/2013 1:19:25 PM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 26, 2013. | Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D.
    Dinosaurs Swimming out of Necessity by Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D. * What's so fascinating about dinosaur tracks? Maybe it's because their many mysteries beg for solutions. For instance, because tracks in mud are so short-lived today, how did dinosaur tracks ever preserve in the first place? Newly described prints bolster biblical creation's explanation of dinosaur footprints. Researchers working in China's Sichuan Province recently reported their discovery in the Chinese Science Bulletin.1 Their article documents several different types of dinosaur trackways, including two theropods (bipedal “lizard-hipped”), one sauropod (long-neck), and four ornithopods (duck-billed) all traveling in the same direction at about...
  • Ryan Lochte says he NEVER has one-night-stands after mother said he does...

    08/06/2012 5:11:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2012 | Laura Pullman
    A mortified Ryan Lochte is desperately exercising damage control after his mother claimed on national TV that he only does ‘one-night-stands.’ Now both the swimming star and his mother have tried to clarify that she meant to say that he only takes girls on dates as he doesn’t have time for a serious relationship. ‘She meant since the last four years I just wanted to focus on swimming, and I didn't really have time for a relationship,’ he told Us Weekly on Friday.
  • Lifeguard gets bill [for $2,583] after ocean rescue

    08/02/2012 6:03:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 58 replies ^ | July 31, 2012 | Kohr Harlan
    VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Seventeen-year-old John Clark, a senior at Hudson's Bay, says he didn't think twice about running into the ocean to save a drowning 12-year-old. But what he hasn't stopped thinking about, is the bill he received as a result of his effort. What started at Rockaway Beach The guardian angel is busy this week teaching Boy Scouts to tie knots. It's a far cry from the sand at Rockaway Beach nearly a month ago -- when John Clark heard screams for help from a 12-year-old swept out to sea. The call for help came just five days after...
  • The Olympics and Feminist-style Reporting

    08/02/2012 6:32:53 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 40 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 2, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    It’s difficult to say if the greatest drama of the 2012 Olympics has occurred inside or outside the athletic arena, but it’s hard for anything to compare to the controversy that recently surrounded 16-year-old Chinese swim sensation Ye Shiwen. The story started on Saturday when Ye shattered the women’s world record in the 400-meter Individual Medley in a time of 4:28.43, beating the old mark by more than a second. If a second constitutes a “shattered” record—and it does at that high level—you can only imagine what a 14 or 23-second difference is: it’s a vast ocean away. So it...
  • Olympics: 16-year-old Ye Shiwen’s swim 'impossible’, says coach John Leonard [doping claim]

    07/31/2012 12:48:23 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 69 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/30/2012 | Jeremy Wilson
    One of the world’s most senior swimming coaches has raised serious doubts about the validity of the “unbelievable” performance of Ye Shiwen, the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer. John Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, yesterday compared Ye’s winning performance in the women’s 400m individual medley to Irish swimmer Michelle Smith, who won gold in the same event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but was banned from swimming for four years in 1998 for tampering with a urine sample. Smith, now De Bruin, always denied using performance enhancing drugs. Ye sent shock waves through her sport on Saturday...
  • London Olympics: U.S.' Grevers, Franklin win 100m backstroke; Lochte fourth in 200m freestyle

    07/30/2012 3:47:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    LONDON (AP) Michael Phelps has yet to win a gold medal, and Ryan Lochte's star is fading. So along comes Melissa "Missy" Franklin, yet to start her senior year in high school, to restore American swim hopes at the Olympics. Coming back less than 14 minutes after swimming a semifinal heat, the Colorado teenager won the first gold medal of what figures to be a dazzling career, rallying to win the 100-meter backstroke Monday. "Indescribable," the 17-year-old Franklin said. "I still can't believe that happened. I don't even know what to think. I saw my parents' reaction on the screen...
  • Olympics Men's swimming: Ryan Lochte goes from hero to goat in 4x100 relay (France upsets USA)

    07/30/2012 6:43:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Knox News ^ | 07/29/2012 | Mike Griffith
    LONDON – Ryan Lochte had exactly one day to enjoy being recognized by many as the “World’s Greatest Swimmer.” Team USA’s newly crowned champion in the 400-meter individual medley relay on Saturday, Lochte quickly transformed from hero to goat Sunday when France’s Yannick Agnel jetted past him over the final 50 meters of the 4 X 100-meter freestyle relay at the Olympic Aquatic Centre. A French Connection anchored by Agnel struck for gold with a time of 3:09.93 in the final, roughly a half-tick ahead of the American silver-medal crew (3:10.38), which was led-off by Nathan Adrian (47.89 for his...
  • Ryan Lochte cruises to gold in 400 IM; Phelps finishes 4th

    07/28/2012 4:32:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/28/2012
    LONDON — The victory was so clear-cut, so utterly dominant, it looked a little bit like Michael Phelps used to do it. Ryan Lochte turned what was supposed to be a dramatic showdown with Phelps on Saturday night into a surprising solo act. Surprising, that is, to everyone but Lochte, who crushed Phelps and the entire field on the opening night of the Olympic swimming competition, then pronounced himself ready for more of the same over the next eight days. As Phelps forlornly tried to figure out what happened, how he finished out of the medals in his first Olympic...
  • Alexander Dale Oen, gold medal swimming favorite, found dead in Arizona

    05/01/2012 9:50:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the defending world champion in the 100 breaststroke and a top contender for a gold medal at the London Olympics, was found dead in his bathroom late Monday night. The 26-year-old, who was training with the Norwegian national team in Arizona, died of cardiac arrest. The country's swimming federation said he was found sprawled on the bathtub. Teammates became worried when repeated knocks on the door went unanswered. A team doctor performed CPR before an ambulance arrived, but the young swimmer was never resuscitated and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
  • Why don't black Americans swim?

    04/07/2012 2:43:19 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 317 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7th April 2012 | Finlo Rohrer
    'A month ago, six African-American teenagers drowned in a single incident in Louisiana, prompting soul-searching about why so many young black Americans can't swim. When 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner accidentally stepped into deeper water while wading in the Red River in Shreveport, he panicked. JaTavious Warner, 17, Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14, Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15, and LaDarius Stewart, 17, rushed to help him and each other. None of them could swim. All six drowned. DeKendrix was rescued by a passer-by. Maude Warner, mother of three of the victims, and the other adults present also couldn't swim. The...
  • Official: Potential UT move to Pac-12 ‘heating up’

    09/18/2011 3:13:59 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 43 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 9.18.11 | Alan Trubow
    The Pac-12 appears to be working out the final details of a deal that would bring Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to the conference, sources close to the situation told and the American-Statesman on Sunday morning.
  • Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning (Must Read Info)

    07/16/2011 8:10:03 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 30 replies
    Mario Vittone ^ | May 3, 2010 | Mario Vittone
    The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked...
  • Fall River Mayor: Body May Have Been In Pool During Two Visits By Inspectors

    FALL RIVER (CBS) — There’s another strange twist after a woman’s body was found floating in a public pool in Fall River, possibly going unnoticed for days. The mayor of Fall River says “that health inspectors from the City visited the pool on Monday and on Tuesday and inspected the facilities,” which was during the time that body was believed to be in the water. Marie Joseph was at the pool on Sunday and hadn’t been seen since. It wasn’t until Tuesday night, when some kids broke into the Veteran’s Memorial swimming pool and found Joseph’s body floating in the...
  • US national swimmer dies in overseas race

    10/23/2010 3:42:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Fran Crippen, a medal-winning open-water swimmer on the U.S. national team, told his coach he wasn’t feeling well late in a race before he died in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
  • Worlds Deepest Indoor Pool, Cool Photos

    09/18/2010 1:26:10 PM PDT · by Tina Grazier · 30 replies
    (click on image above for a larger view) >If you like diving, then you might truly enjoy these photos from the worlds deepest indoor diving pool in Brussels, Nemo33. In the series of photos below you will be presented with images that were taken of A complex designed by Belgian diving expert, John Beernaerts.  It is a multi-purpose diving instruction, recreational, and film production facility.  Beernaerts's dream of creating the world's first indoor diving complex began as a simple doodle, sketched on a napkin in a Brussels bar. The place is very clean, and set up and maintained to...
  • Swimming in chlorinated pools can lead to cancer: study

    09/13/2010 5:39:24 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 107 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-13-10 | AFP
    Swimming in chlorinated pools can cause an increased risk of cancer in bathers, Spanish researchers said on Monday. Researchers from the Barcelona-based Centre of Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) and Research Institute Hospital del Mar studied changes in indicators of mutagenicity -- permanent mutation of the DNA -- among a group of swimmers in an indoor chlorinated pool. "The evidence of genotoxic effects were observed in 49 healthy adults after swimming for 40 minutes in a chlorinated indoor pool," CREAL said in a statement on Monday. Researchers found indicators of an increase in cancer risk in healthy subjects as well...
  • An Obama Joke that Tells Itself...

    08/20/2010 5:56:45 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-20-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    As President Obama is now in Martha's Vineyard for his 6th apparent vacation of the year here is a headline from The Drudge Report: Martha's Vineyard waters contaminated with fecal bacteria .......still no word if he'll be a man and fess up to it. (It's Bush's fault) By the way, while this is going on Drudge leads with... Well, I hope his vacation is as happy as our enemies are about to be. The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts and art
  • Come on in, the water's naked: Vegas finds a new way to entice party animals

    07/28/2010 10:23:50 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 38 replies · 4+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 07/17/2010 | Kyle Wagner
    It's the first time a woman naked from the waist up has ever initiated a conversation with me at a swimming pool — well, not counting my daughters when they were toddlers. "Hi," said this fantastically caramel-tanned person, leaning over to put what I'm going to guess were a couple of 38DDs about a foot from my face. "I'm Sara." We were sitting next to each other at the aptly named Bare, the adults-only pool at The Mirage Resort and Casino. Not only was Sara topless — oh, sorry, we're calling it "European style" now — but she was wearing...
  • Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

    07/10/2010 11:23:23 AM PDT · by Starboard · 7 replies ^ | May 18, 2010 | Mario Vittone
    The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about...
  • Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning ( Must Read )

    07/09/2010 8:16:57 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 113 replies · 1+ views
    The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!”...
  • Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

    07/08/2010 7:22:03 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 42 replies
    The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!”...
  • Boy Saves Friend From Drowning, Credits SpongeBob (New Jersey)

    06/10/2010 3:26:17 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 17 replies · 774+ views
    WCBSTV (NY) ^ | 7/10/10 | megan glaros
    Fun in the sun nearly took a deadly turn. But little hero and his love of a certain cartoon saved the day. Reese Ranceray has dreams of being a reporter. But this past Saturday he became the news by saving a 5-year-old neighbor's life at the Borgenicht family pond...
  • Making a splash, the 60-year-old elephant going for his morning swim

    05/26/2010 4:35:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 661+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd May 2010
    Gliding gracefully beneath the crystal-clear waters this Asian bull elephant cuts a mystical figure. Weighing 3.5 tons and standing at just under four metres, meet Rajan one of the last surviving elephants who helped with logging on the Andaman and Nicobar Island chain near the end of the Bay of Bengal. Photographed by Cesare Naldi, these amazing images show the unique bond between 60-year-old Rajan and 58-year-old mahout (elephant driver), Nasru. In one spectacular image Nasru is seen balancing on the animals tusks as the elephant took a breather on his morning swim. This particular image and resulting series was...
  • Hilarious Video of Dog Going Down Slide Into A Pool

    05/06/2010 1:38:53 PM PDT · by OneVike · 19 replies · 1,495+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/6/10 | Chuck Wolk
    This video was emailed to me recently by a friend, who told me that the owners of this adorable dog thought that the neighborhood children were sneaking into their pool when they were gone. So they decided to set up a hidden camera to catch the little pranksters. Only problem is that the prankster turned out to be their dog. The great thing about this video is the way the dog is actually enjoying his frolic down the slide and into the pool so much that he is actually running back up and down the slide time and time...
  • Hilarious Video of Dog Going Down Slide Into A Pool

    05/06/2010 3:51:26 AM PDT · by Freepmanchew · 10 replies · 1,426+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/6/10 | Chuck Wolk
    This video was emailed to me recently by a friend, who told me that the owners of this adorable dog thought that the neighborhood children were sneaking into their pool when they were gone. So they decided to set up a hidden camera to catch the little pranksters. Only problem is that the prankster turned out to be their dog. The great thing about this video is the way the dog is actually enjoying his frolic down the slide and into the pool so much that he is actually running back up and down the slide time and time...
  • Insane Canadian Fishermen (very cool video)

    12/18/2009 5:51:16 PM PST · by FredJake · 29 replies · 1,615+ views
    I like fishing just like anyone, but fishing on a frozen lake is not my idea of a good way to spend the afternoon. No sir, give me a fly rod and a nice river and I can fish all day long. Now these guys have found an interesting way to find out exactly where the fish in the lake are. I would not recommend it, but if you are from the extreme North, then I am sure you have either done it this way or at least contemplated it. Either way you really need to check out this video,...
  • Insane Canadian Fishermen (Must see this video, it is too funny)

    12/18/2009 10:26:18 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 21 replies · 1,284+ views
    One of my favorite pastimes is fishing. Ever since I was a young boy growing up in Northern Minnesota, I have enjoyed the leisure sport of fishing. In the last 5 years I have taken up the sport of fly Fishing and found it to be even more enjoyable then fishing with a reel and worms. I have fished many rivers and in many states across this vast country, but I have never ventured outside of America to fish. I always thought that someday I might like to fish in Canada. Then after watching this video and seeing how they...
  • Pool Boots Kids Who Might "Change the Complexion" (Black kids kicked out)

    07/08/2009 1:16:54 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 128 replies · 3,778+ views
    NBC ^ | july 8, 2009 | Karen Araiza
    More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason. "I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child,'" said camper Dymire Baylor. The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers' first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.
  • Paris pool bans Muslim woman in 'burqini' swimsuit

    08/12/2009 12:31:48 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 39 replies · 2,593+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 08/12/09 | Staff
    A Paris swimming pool has refused entry to a young Muslim woman wearing a "burqini," a swimsuit that covers most of the body, officials said Wednesday. The pool ban came as French lawmakers conduct hearings on whether to ban the burqa after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the head-to-toe veil was "not welcome" in secular France. Officials in the Paris suburb of Emerainville said they let the woman swim in the pool in July wearing the "burqini," designed for Muslim women who want to swim without revealing their bodies. But when she returned in August they decided to apply hygiene rules...
  • FINA Opts To Ban All High-Tech Swimsuits

    07/29/2009 3:57:28 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies · 845+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, July 25, 2009 | By Amy Shipley
    FINA, swimming's world governing body, finally figured out the way to determine which of the controversial long-length, high-tech swimsuits to restrict. On Friday, it banned every last one. With a nearly unanimous vote, FINA's member nations accepted a proposal initiated by the United States to allow only waist-to-knee suits, known as "jammers," for men, and shoulder-to-knee suits for women, beginning in competition next year.
  • Phelps tries to move on after stunning loss (swim suit wars)

    07/28/2009 8:32:36 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 37 replies · 1,648+ views
    AP via YahooNews ^ | July 28, 2009 | PAUL NEWBERRY
    ROME – Michael Phelps has four more chances to win gold at the world swimming championships. He's not likely to be satisfied until he gets another shot at Paul Biedermann. In different suits, that is. The unheralded German glided across the water, steadily pulling away from the winningest Olympian ever, and handed Phelps a stunning loss in the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday — his first defeat in a major individual race since 2005. No sooner had they climbed from the water, the debate was on. Was it the man? Or was it the suit? Biedermann acknowledged that he had an edge...
  • Ted Kennedy: Forty Years after Chappaquiddick

    07/20/2009 2:18:20 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,469+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2009-07-20 | John Gizzi
    Saturday, July 18th, was the fortieth anniversary of the day that Mary Jo Kopechne drowned at Chappaquiddick (an island part of Edgartown,Massachusetts) in a car driven off a bridge by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D.-Mass.). And, still, questions linger. What did Kennedy do that night? Was he intoxicated? Why wasn’t he prosecuted? The one question still pondered by political observers on all sides: did what is known universally known as “the Chappadquiddick incident” keep Kennedy from being elected President? Clearly, it did. For younger readers who know Kennedy -- now 77 and battling cancer -- primarily as the premier voice...
  • My Daughter, 13, Got Pregnant by Swimming in Hotel Pool, Claims Mother

    07/10/2009 9:58:32 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 62 replies · 2,919+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 06/09/2009 | Mail Online
    A mother is suing a hotel claiming her teenage daughter fell pregnant simply from using a hotel swimming pool. Magdalena Kwiatkowska says the 13-year-old conceived after coming into contact with 'stray sperm' in the water of an Egyptian resort.
  • Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda [0's Happy]

    06/14/2009 6:52:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 757+ views
    June 14, 2009
    Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda Justin Maxon/The New York Times "I went swimming in the ocean for the first time ever yesterday and it was the happiest day of my life," said Salahidin Abdulahat, left, swimming with another former prisoner, Khaleel Mamut. By ERIK ECKHOLM June 14, 2009 ST. GEORGE, Bermuda — Almost exactly seven years after arriving at Guantánamo in chains as accused enemy combatants, and four days after their surprise predawn flight to Bermuda, four Uighur Muslim men basked in their new-found freedom here, grateful for the handshakes many residents had offered and marveling at...