NASCAR Meets the Paranormal in Terry Gilliam’s Short Film, The Legend of Hallowdega

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I think we here at Open Culture can freely own up to a deficiency in our content: despite its outsized presence in American culture, we’ve really neglected to post much about NASCAR.


Read Online Haruki Murakami’s New Essay on How a Baseball Game Launched His Writing Career

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For years, it was hard to come across Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973, Haruki Murakami’s first and second novels, unless one wanted to pony up something between $250 and $400 at Amazon for their Kodansha English editions.


The Mysterious Physics Behind How Bikes Ride by Themselves

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So simple and yet so complex. The bicycle remains the world’s most popular form of transportation, found in households worldwide, in countries rich and poor. And yet the bike remains something of a mystery to us. How the bike can ride almost on its own is something physicists still ponder and write academic papers about.


Discover Japan’s Earthquake Proof Underground Bike Storage System: The Future is Now

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Behold, the ingenious underground bicycle storage of Japan! What a vision of futurist efficiency – the only thing missing is Raymond Scott’s Powerhouse (aka Bugs Bunny factory music).


Jack Kerouac Was a Secret, Obsessive Fan of Fantasy Baseball

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Bear in mind, fantasy baseball fans, that with the season about to start up again, you shouldn’t feel like you have to take any grief for enjoying the game. It counts among its enthusiasts no less a luminary than Jack Kerouac, author of On The Road and The Dharma Bums, and he didn’t just enjoy it, he arguably invented it.


Errol Morris Celebrates The Madness of Sports with Six New Mini-Docs: Watch Them Free Online

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In honor of Errol Morris’ 67th birthday, which just passed on February 9, is celebrating with a full week of new documentaries shot for ESPN by the filmmaker.


Bill Nye the Science Guy Takes the Air Out of Deflategate

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Did the weather have anything to do with those balls deflating in New England during the AFC championship game? It’s unlikely, very unlikely. Bill Nye explains why with science, but not without putting the hyped controversy into perspective first. Take it away Bill.


Home Movies of Duke Ellington Playing Baseball (And How Baseball Coined the Word “Jazz”)

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“When they study our civilization two thousand years from now, there will only be three things that Americans will be known for: the Constitution, baseball and jazz music. They’re the three most beautiful things Americans have ever created.” — Gerald Early talking to Ken Burns.


Muhammad Ali Gives a Dramatic Reading of His Poem on the Attica Prison Uprising

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In July of 1972, boxer Muhammad Ali traveled to Dublin to fight Alvin ‘Blue’ Lewis, an ex-con from Detroit.


All of Lionel Messi’s 253 Record-Setting Goals in La Liga, Shown in One Video

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Earlier this month, when Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Sevilla, he reached a milestone. He had scored his 253rd goal in La Liga, making him the all-time top scorer in the elite Spanish soccer league. His first goal came on May 1, 2005, and it took him just 289 matches to break the record previously held by Telmo Zarra.


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