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TIDBITS® DOWN ON In In America, it’s CHOWS football and baseball. Canada, ice hockey and curling are major INTERESTING EDIBLES passions. In most the rest of the world, it’s by of Sarah Bates soccer. But did you know that all over the Food nourishes your body just like Tidbits world there are national sports that you’ve nourishes your brain! Get a double helping with never even heard of? This week Tidbits these bits and bites that you might not have takes a look at just a few of those wild and known about the things we eat and drink! wacky oddball sports. Let the games begin. • Did you know there are over 300 different • The World Games, first held in 1981, are varieties of honey in North America alone? an international multi-sport event meant Honey, a natural energy restorer, was not only for sports not in the Olympic Games. used by ancient cultures but it has been found Some of the current sports in the World in ancient Egyptian tombs. There have also Games are bodybuilding, power lifting, fin been discoveries of 4,500 year old Egyptians swimming, squash, netball, billiards, tencarvings which are some of the earliest pin bowling and water skiing. It has not depictions of bee keeping. been uncommon for World Game events • Doto you know what a pluotevents. is? It’s a complex hybrid become Olympic between a plum and an apricot. It’s traits tend to • Extreme ironing is an up-and-coming be more plum-like, with a smooth skin. They are sport that started in the United Kingdom very sweet and intense in flavor and very juicy. in 1997. Ironing? It sounds pretty boring, They are not to be confused with an aprium, which right? Wrong! I don’t think you’d see is also a plum/apricot hybrid that is 1/4th plum a typical homemaker ironing this way. and 3/4th apricot. Another plum/apricot hybrid It’s the “extreme” in extreme ironing is the plumcot. What’s a plum+apricot+peach? that makes it exciting, challenging and That one’s called a Peacotum. dangerous. The objective is to iron in • The island nation of Grenadaplaces in the such Caribbean different and dangerous as was named for the pomegranate. So was while mountain climbing, water skiing, grenadine and the grenade. canoeingsyrup or skydiving. There’s All evencome a from the Latin root word punica granatum, world championship for the sport. which means pomegranate. turn the page for more! turn the page for more!
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Page 2 Tidbits® of Flagler & E. Volusia (August 19, 2010) UNUSUAL SPORTS (continued): • Cheese rolling is a sport in England that takes place annually on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire. This isn’t just any ordinary hill. Cooper’s Hill is so steep that it’s at a 70-degree angle in places. The sport involves a wheel of cheese that’s rolled down hill. The rules are simple: Run after the cheese, and try to be the one that has the cheese at the bottom of the hill. • Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian sport that was developed during the time of African slavery in Brazil. It’s actually a form of fighting and selfdefense, but is done through music, incorporating rhythm and dance. A group of people gather in a circle and take turns getting in the center to spar. In modern times, there is usually no contact, but rather near misses as the sport is more about technique and style than it is about beating up your opponent. • Underwater hockey? You betcha. Invented in 1954, underwater hockey is exactly what the name implies, but this form of hockey is non-contact. There are two teams of 10 people, but only three from each team are in play at one time. All players wear snorkels and flippers while playing the game. Another difference between underwater and regular ice hockey is that the underwater stick is one foot (30 centimeters) long as opposed to four feet (1 meter) long. • If you think underwater hockey sounds tough, you haven’t seen underwater rugby. This is a sport with two teams of six players. The object is to get a ball filled with saltwater into a goal to score. The ball must never leave the water. Each team has six players in the water and six substitutes that can switch with a player at any time. A player in this game must have extreme endurance, speed, mobility and strength. • Disc golf or Frisbee golf has been around since the 1960s but has gained a lot of popularity since then. The rules are similar to golf in that it’s played on a course, the strokes are counted, and the lowest score wins. However, instead of a ball, the players use discs. Instead of a green with sand traps, the course is usually not groomed and may be out in the woods, or at least has wooded terrain. Instead of trying to get a ball in a hole, you try to get your disc into a metal basket. • Unicycle hockey is like ice hockey or roller hockey but with unicycles instead of skates. Unlike ice hockey, there’s no physical contact with other players. Though there are unicycle hockey teams in the United States, Australia, Canada and other countries, there are only two countries that currently have national leagues: Germany and Great Britain. • Curling was originally an outdoor sport that originated in 16th century Scotland, but it is now an indoor sport. Since 1998, curling has been an Olympic sport. Two teams of four people each throw polished granite stones down an alley of ice, and then their teammates can help the stones along by sweeping them down the alley with brooms. Scoring is calculated by the way that the stones are strategically placed, and for this reason it is often called “chess on ice.” • Extreme croquet is closely related to lawn croquet, but the biggest difference between the two is that extreme croquet isn’t played in someone’s backyard. Instead it’s played in rough terrain. The rules are similar, but there are two wickets in extreme croquet as opposed to the single wicket in the backyard version of the game. • Netball is a particularly fast sport that requires a high level of skill. It was created by an American basketball coach attempting to improve basketball skills. Netball is now played predominantly by women in 25 countries throughout the world, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and England. There are seven players on each team and the aim of the game is to get the ball in the opposing goal hoop as many times as possible throughout a 60-minute match. Each team member plays a specific position and is restricted to an area on the court. • Remember playing Rock, Paper and Scissors with your buddies? If you’re good at it, there actually is a national league (USARPS), which has taken the schoolyard game to an extreme level, with official rules, tournaments and prizes up to $50,000. • Man versus horse? Yup. The annual Man Versus Horse Marathon requires stamina and agility. Taking place in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells, the marathon puts human contestants up against mounted horse contestants. This unusual sporting event started in 1980, after someone heard two men arguing about whether or not an individual could beat a horse in a cross country race. Soon after, the sport was born. • A popular activity for children, toe wrestling is now a competitive sport. The World Toe Wrestling Competition first started at a pub in England in 1976. Locals thought it would be a great idea to hold a competition where individuals lock toes together and force their opponent’s foot to the ground.
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Tidbits® of Flagler & E. Volusia (August 19, 2010) Page 3 MUSIC LEGEND: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN On September 23, 1949, Bruce Springsteen was born, of course, “in the USA.” With his gruff but powerful vocals, the energetic singer has secured his spot on America’s list of rock superstars. • Springsteen was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and attended Freehold Borough High School. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, was, amongst other things, a bus driver. • The first song a young Springsteen learned play on the guitar was allegedly the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout.” • In the late 1960s, Springsteen performed briefly in a power rock trio known as Earth, playing in clubs in New Jersey. • Also around that time, Springsteen acquired the nickname “The Boss.” While playing club gigs with a local band, one of his tasks was to collect the band’s nightly pay and distribute it amongst the members. But Springsteen has never liked the nickname, due to his dislike of bosses. • Springsteen’s E Street Band has roots in reality. The actual E Street runs northeast through the New Jersey shore town of Belmar. According to Springsteen lore, the band took its name from the street because original keyboard player David Sancious’ mother lived there and allowed the band to rehearse in her house. • The Boss meets the King? After a 1976 concert in Memphis, Springsteen went to Graceland at three in the morning, jumped the wall and ran to the front door. Security grabbed him before he could make it to the door and sent him packing. Knocking wouldn’t have done much good, anyway. Elvis was in Lake Tahoe at the time. • In May 1977, Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt went to an Elvis Presley concert in Philadelphia. A few days later Springsteen wrote “Fire,” and allegedly sent a demo of the song to Presley that summer, hoping he might cover it. Whether the tape got sent or not, Presley died that August, and Springsteen wound up giving “Fire” to Robert Gordon. Gordon’s version of the song was covered by the Pointer Sisters who made it a hit in 1979. • One of his most famous songs, “Thunder Road,” was inspired by the 1958 Robert Mitchum movie of the same name. • Springsteen has been listened to all over the world, and even in space. During a December 1999 flight of the space shuttle Discovery, his song “Rendezvous” was played as the crew’s wake-up call. It was the third day of the mission, and the crew was scheduled to rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope. • Springsteen inspires some pretty extreme acts of fandom. Recently, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” a “worst-to-first countdown of every album cut in Springsteen history” came out. In all, the creators of the list ranked and wrote about (sometimes at length) 200 songs. They ranked “Real Man” from the album “Human Touch” last and “Born to Run” first. • Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Bono of U2 gave the induction speech. When U2 was inducted in 2005, Springsteen gave their induction speech, returning the favor. • To date, Springsteen has sold more than 65 million albums (including CDs) in the United States and 120 million worldwide.
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SunShine BuSineSS Complex 2729 east moody Blvd. Hwy. 100 Suites 703 & 704 386-263-2963
• Bible Classes… and many more
Sunday moRninG SeRviCe 10:45 a.m. Wednesday night Service 7:30 p.m. with separate Teen ministry “Rebirth”
Email us email@example.com Tune in to
91.5FM (Volusia County) 91.7 FM (Madison County) or WaPN.net and view our webCam
Our Vision is to win Souls and we have kept the vision strong since 1985. We are a full service radio station committed to making this area a better place to live. We saturate Volusia County, Flagler/Madison County and surrounding areas with the Word and Praise Network
24 hours a day! Live Prayerline Mon.-Fri. see times at www.wapn.net Program guide.
1508 State Street • Holly Hill, FL 32117
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4882 Palm Coast Pkwy. NW (Located beside Z-Best Rentals) Locally Owned & Operated
500,000 sq. ft. of in stock flooring
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3250 East Hwy. 100 (Next to Hayward Brown Insurance) Bunnell, FL 32110
Something New… We now do home furniture with an experienced upholsteror!
386.437.3353 • 386.437.3356
2 Midway Drive (SR 100) • Palm Coast
JMJ TOBACCO OUTLET, INC — FINE CIGARS & TOBACCOS — POKER CIGARETTES… $28.99 plus tax
while supplies last w/coupon only exp. 8/31/10
9am - 7pm Mon - Sat / Sun 12-5pm (386) 439-0130 402 Beach Village Dr. • Flagler Beach (Publix Plaza)
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55 Plaza Drive, Unit D3 • Palm Coast, FL 32137
386-447-7885 • www.thebeachbazaar.com
Classy Nails & Spa
2405 E. Moody Blvd. (SR 100) Palm Coast/Bunnell, FL 32110
MANICURE… $13 (reg $15) PEDICURE…$20 (reg $25)
(1 mile west of Belle Terre Pkwy. in City Plaza)
MANICURE & PEDICURE… $28 (reg $35)
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BRAZILIAN WAX… $35 (reg $40)
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