The Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, due to host the rowing events of the 2016 Summer Olympics, was filled with dead fish earlier this week. To be exact: it was filled with 86 tons of dead fish.
The lagoon, which sits below the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, has hosted rowing events in the past (see: the 2007 Pan-Am Games), but it has also hosted other mass fish die-offs (see: 2000, 2009). And it doesn’t seem—ruling out bio-engineering or the use of a time machine—that there&r... Read More
Energy drink giant Red Bull is reporting that it has been blackmailed by anonymous callers threatening to place feces-contaminated beverage cans on supermarket shelves. In a statement, the company said it was cooperating closely with police but offered no information on the demands of the poopetrators.
The company did say that the threats were limited to Austria, but they are cooperating with German authorities as well. The threats started several weeks ago, but so far there has been no sign ... Read More
One runner died and 30 were hospitalized at a half-marathon race in Tel Aviv after 90-degree temperatures caused widespread dehydration and heat stroke. Organizers decided last week to postpone the full Tel Aviv Gilette Marathon after forecasts predicted triple-digit temperatures. They allowed the half-marathon to continue, though they rescheduled the start to 30 minutes earlier.
Among the 30 injured, 12 were in critical condition, with four in medically-induced comas. NBC producer and runner... Read More
A fire continues to rage in Louisiana after a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a liquefied natural gas pipeline in shallow Bayou Perot on Tuesday night. Four people were injured in the crash, one critically, but no oil had spilled as of Wednesday.
Captain Jonathan Burton of the Coast Guard said at a news conference that a protective boom was still being deployed as a precaution. Oil skimmers have also been dispatched to the area. “We’re not waiting for something to happen,&rdqu... Read More
The 2013 Boston Marathon will take place without Ryan Hall, who holds Boston’s American record (2:04.58 in 2011). He has dropped out of this year’s race with a quad injury.
"I am gutted to have to bow out of this year's Boston Marathon,” Hall tweeted yesterday. “I had put in a great deal of very hard training before sustaining a quad strain that made me miss about a month of training."
As Runner’s World notes, the 30-year-old has been dealing with the injury for... Read More