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Japan’s new “Blade Library” lets amputees rent pricey prosthetic limbs for $9 a day

3 weeks ago 7ring Comments Off on Japan’s new “Blade Library” lets amputees rent pricey prosthetic limbs for $9 a day
Prosthetic “blades” are carbon fiber prosthetic limbs that can bend and spring as you run. They are designed for professional-athlete amputees, and they usually cost thousands of dollars each. To alleviate that cost, Japanese prosthetics company Xiborg opened the “Blade Library” in Tokyo for people to borrow and try out the prosthetics. The company raised Read More

The most grotesque sports contract for someone at zero risk of actual injury while playing a sport

3 weeks ago 7ring Comments Off on The most grotesque sports contract for someone at zero risk of actual injury while playing a sport
Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, is reportedly seeking a contract that would pay him $49.5 million year, and include such perks as the lifetime use of a private jet. That salary would pay him far more than the league’s best-paid player—that’s Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, set to make $27 million this year—and Read More

It’s the 35th anniversary of the greatest play in the history of college football

3 weeks ago 7ring Comments Off on It’s the 35th anniversary of the greatest play in the history of college football
We’re talking, of course, about the Cal-Stanford band play. If you haven’t seen it, here it is (don’t worry, it’s just 46 seconds): For the uninitiated, here’s the context: On Nov. 20, 1982, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley (henceforth “Cal”)—arch-rivals across the San Francisco Bay—held the 85th meeting of their annal Read More

College football is turning schools into hotels with $475,000 rooms

1 month ago 7ring Comments Off on College football is turning schools into hotels with $475,000 rooms
You’d imagine $100,000 hotel rooms to only be found in exotic resorts in the most far-flung realms of the world—but there are some sitting on a college campus in central Texas. Texas A&M University is in the process of building a hotel across the street from its 100,000-capacity football field, the fourth-largest stadium in the Read More

Daylight Saving Time as Americans know it was instituted by corporate lobbies, not farmers

1 month ago 7ring Comments Off on Daylight Saving Time as Americans know it was instituted by corporate lobbies, not farmers
At some point in elementary school, many American children learn that Daylight Saving Time was originally intended to give farmers an extra hour of light to work the fields. That is, in fact, a lie. Farmers actually hated the practice, because it cut an hour of daylight in the morning, leaving them with an hour Read More