• Features

    Mountain Goats: the unseen spectacle of nature

    You are hiking atop a gargantuan North American mountain on a cloudy day. The temperatures are in the single digits and the wind chill isn’t helping. You have come to a beautiful, picturesque opening of the trees, close to the mountain’s apex. Your jaw drops at the sight of the miles of nature you can see in all directions. Suddenly, a minuscule animal noise is uttered and carries across the land below. You feel silly for even looking, but you suspect that the animal noise came from the side of the cliff. Looking down below, your suspicions are confirmed when you see a mountain goat clinging on the the side…

  • Sports

    Bossaball is a sport with rhythm

    The sport of Bossaball is about rhythm. The rhythm of the movement of the players, jumping, kicking, and executing the final spike, all to the beat of the historic bossa nova brazilian dance music. See, in Bossabll, the referee is not only the regulator of play, but the DJ and party organizer. The sport historically combines elements of partying, music, dancing, gymnastics, volleyball, and soccer. The game is set up all around one giant, inflatable, volleyball court, with a trampoline on either side of the net. There are 4 players on each side, one player up front, one continuously bouncing on the trampoline, ready to strike, and two in the…

  • Archived

    The most famous person you’ve never heard of

    Bad Blood. Can’t Feel My Face. We Are Never Getting Back Together. California Gurls. And about 20 other Billboard top 100 number 1 hits. The common factor between these songs? Forty-six-year-old Swedish music producer Max Martin: the pop music industry’s best kept secret. Born Karl Martin Sandberg in Stockholm Sweden in 1971, Martin had a simple upbringing, went to public school in a suburb, and enjoyed playing music. His fascination with music started with metal, and he was in a variety of swedish metal bands in the 1980s. He dropped out of school to pursue playing in bands full time, but eventually made his way over to producing music for…

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    Sporting Obscurity: In The Pumpkin

    The crash of the paddle cutting into the water sends shockwaves of reverberation around him. Little drops of water explode and scatter onto the large gourd in a natural and satisfying pattern. Echoes of cheers and laughter surround the competitors as they flail aimlessly into success. Also someone is dressed as Ant Man while riding a giant ant. This is the sport of Giant Pumpkin Kayaking, where competitors grow giant pumpkins, carve them out, and climb inside in the hopes that the orange fruit will float them to the finish line. The sport originated in Windsor, Nova Scotia on Lake Pemaquid, where local giant pumpkin enthusiasts decided to  gather together…