“If we want to
restore public confidence and sponsors, we must act quickly and
decisively," LeMond told French newspaper Le Monde. "Otherwise, cycling will die. Riders do not understand that
if we continue like this, there will soon be no money in cycling.”
There still are real, practicing ninjas in Japan—but that won’t be the case for much longer. According to the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, 63-year-old Jinichi Kawakami of the Koka clan is the country’s last living ninja grandmaster. However, 80-year-old Masaaki Hatsumi claims he is also the leader of Togakure clan. So, there might be two living ninjas, but neither one plans to name an heir, which means the end of the ninja in Japan. Both men have day jobs—Kawakami is an engineer; Hatsumi runs an international martial-arts organization—and they claim that the ways of the ninja just don’t serve much purpose today. "In the age of civil wars or during the Edo period, ninjas' abilities to spy and kill, or mix medicine may have been useful," Kawakami said. “But we now have guns, the Internet, and much better medicines, so the art of ninjutsu has no place in the modern age."
Rumors and speculation spread by doomsday cults have turned the small farming community of Bugarach, France, into an apocalypse destination. Anyone in the vicinity of the town’s nearby Pic de Bugarach will supposedly be spared on December 21, 2012, the date of the Mayan Apocalypse, when aliens emerge from the mountain and rescue anyone in the vicinity.
While the village’s 176 residents may not believe this, they are more than willing to accommodate those who do. As UFO watchers and Armageddon tourists flock to the town, locals are selling everything they can, from chunks of Pic de Bugarach’s rock face to water from the local spring at $20 a bottle. One landowner is even renting his house overlooking the peak for over $1,500 per night. “I possess a rare asset,” he told a local paper. “The land of immortality.”
Bugarach mayor Jean Pierre Delord has requested additional police presence in the town to help deal with the influx of tourists, many of whom have attempted to climb the mountain.
Ironman World Championship course record holder Chrissie Wellington has announced that she will retire from competition. Wellington, who had taken off the 2012 season, said Monday that she would like to go out on the 2011 Hawaii Ironman, where she managed to overcome several injuries to compete in the race. “As an athlete I sought ‘the perfect race,’” Wellington said. “That race within myself where I dug to the depths mentally and physically, and that hard-fought race with my competitors. The World Ironman Championships in 2011 was the icing on the cake for me as an athlete. It was my ‘perfect race’ and it ‘completed’ me.” The 35-year-old athlete is a four-time Ironman World Champion and undefeated in the Ironman distance.
Push Pop Press co-founder Mike Matas chronicled his two-week-long, 3,000-mile, San Francisco to New York City road trip in the above three-minute-long, 5,000-photo timelapse posted to Vimeo. We've shown plenty of such road trip videos on the site before, but what's different about Matas' project is that he also made a website where viewers can gather more info about each picture. On MikeMatas.com, you can click on buttons at the bottom of each photo to check the location, see the lens used, and order a print.