Even with heavy media coverage, there are still a few interesting (and weird) things you might not know about the upcoming Olympic games in Russia.
The snow is man-made
There is some concern that temperatures in the warmest city to ever host the winter games could wash out events. While man-made snow isn't unusual for the Olympics, the snow at the Sochi games will be created using a complex, computerized system that includes man-made lakes created to hold enough water.
You can't ride your bike at the games.
There are quite a few things you can't bring in to the games, beyond the usual banned items like firearms and explosives. Officials released a specific, and long, list of all the prohibited items.
Among the banned items are any kind of meteorological equipment, thermoses (included in the food and beverage ban,) "hand tools," vuvuzelas and bicycles.
This is the most expensive Olympics in history
The price tag for the games has ballooned to $51 billion. A large percentage of the infrastructure for the games had to be built from scratch, however cries of corruption have run rampant including the claim that "half that sum is alleged to have disappeared in corrupt building contracts" according to theguardian.com
You can enter Sochi without a visa
Sochi, a popular resort town where cruise ships often dock, will allow you to enter the city for 72 hours without a visa, unlike most other parts of Russia. However, Americans traveling to Russia for the games will still need visas to enter the country.
The torch has been to outer space
At the end of the relay the Sochi Olympic torch will be have been carried by 14,000 bearers and will have even been shot into outer space.
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Starved Pennsylvania 7-year-old weighed only 25 pounds
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Sparring justices find little disagreement at the opera
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Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet
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Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive
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A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities
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The terrible history of passenger planes getting shot out of the sky
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Facebook tests button to let people shop from its website
Members on desktop computers or mobile devices can click a "buy" button to make purchases through advertisements or other posts on the world's largest social network, the Menlo Park, California-based company said Thursday in a blog post.
We're raising a generation of timid kids
A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?
Starbucks sees more Apple-like stores after Colombia debut
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Gunshots narrowly miss TV reporter
A reporter for a West Virginia television station narrowly escaped injury or worse Monday while covering a fatal weekend shooting in Beckley.
Why fewer people go bowling
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When your doctor commits suicide, things get complicated
When they call for appointments, patients are told they can't see their doctor. Ever. The standard line: "We are sorry, but your doctor died suddenly."
Almost half of the world actually prefers instant coffee
Americans' taste in coffee might be getting more high-end _with a growing fixation on perfectly roasted beans, pricier caffeinated concoctions, and artisan coffee brewers - but it turns out a surprisingly big part of the world is going in the opposite direction: toward instant coffee.
An alternative diagnosis to ADHD: Schoolchildren need more time to move
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that in recent years, there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2011.
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