Monday, October 16, 2017

Ten Facts About the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

The attack, which drew the U.S into World War II, was executed in the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed the U.S naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese thought it would neutralize the American forces, allowing Japan to dominate the Asia Pacific.

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Here are 10 interesting facts to know about the Pearl Harbor bombing.

1.The attack commenced at 7:55 AM.
2.The attack lasted 110 minutes.
3.The Japanese attacked the base in two waves, approximately 45 minutes apart.
4.The Japanese attacked the U.S. without warning.
5.When the Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida called out, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (“Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!”) upon flying over Pearl Harbor, it was a message saying the Japanese caught the Americans entirely by surprise.
6.The Japanese had to travel 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute their attack on Pearl Harbor.
7.The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor with a total of 353 planes.
8.The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed the Americans would be more relaxed, and thus less alert, on a weekend. Many U.S. service personnel were still in their pajamas or eating breakfast when the attack commenced.
9. There were eight battleships at Pearl Harbor that day, which was the whole US Naval fleet, except for one, the Colorado.
10.All eight battleships either sunk or were damaged. Amazingly, all but two (The Arizona and the Oklahoma) were able to return to active duty.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Soccer’s Funniest Moments

If you’re a fan of soccer, you know it has some of the most epic goal celebrations in sports. And along those epic moments come the funny ones. With so much riding on football matches these days, there are a few moments where players and officials can comically entertain.

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Below are some of the funniest moments of football:

The funniest goal celebrations of all-time

Stjarnan FC has slowly gained the reputation of having the best goal celebrations ever. I don’t if it’s a technique they use to distract the opponent, but they sure crack me up!

Khalid Askri's Oversight

Goalkeeper Khalid Askri comedic moment happened during a Moroccan Cup match between MAS Fes and FAR Rabat. After making a great stop, he turns to salute his fans, only to turn around and see the ball spinning towards the goal line. Check it out here.

Comedy duo Didier Drogba and Jens Lehmann

Flopping and cheating in soccer are what football fans hate the most. But when two controversial players did it blatantly and comically, fans can’t help but chuckle.

Robbie Savage Condensed

Robbie got his own slot for being the center of so many funny moments throughout his career. This clip generally tells the tale of Robbie’s knack of attracting a calamity.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Battle of Midway: 10 interesting facts

Fought near the Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean, the Battle of Midway was one of the most crucial battles in WWII for the Americans. It was considered the turning point in the Pacific battle between Japan and America. Here are 10 interesting facts about this pivotal moment in our history:

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 1.Yamamoto, the principal architect on the attack on Pearl Harbor, planned the attack on Midway to destroy the American aircraft carriers 

 2.Midway was attacked due to its strategic location and importance to U.S. 

 3.The aid by U.S. intelligence breaking the Japanese code played a critical role in the battle. 

4.Chester W. Nimitz led the American fleet. 

5.The Battle of Midway shifted in favor of U.S after its dive bombers sank three Japanese carriers. 

6.Japan lost all its four large aircraft carriers involved in the battle. These carriers were engaged in the six-carrier force that had successfully bombed Pearl Harbor. 

7.The only American aircraft carrier that was destroyed was USS Yorktown. 

8.America lost 300 men in the battle; Japan lost 3000. 

9.The Battle of Midway was considered the turning point in the Pacific War. 

10.Japan didn’t use their two most advanced carriers in battle. 

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Amazing tech that was born from WWII

As terrible as they were, large-scale wars that affected the planet contributed significantly to the advancement of technology. And as far as wars go, no war in the history of man was as terrible, or as large-scale as the second World War. 

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Fresh from the destruction caused by the first World War, or the Great War, the minds behind World War II were quick to improve on whatever technology that had come out of the previous war. 

Since World War II has been the biggest war to date, it’s only natural that the tech advancements then were unparalleled in terms of scale and application. It should also be noted that the tech that had been developed in the middle of the war was so mind-blowing that both sides did all they could to steal or copy from each other. 

The technological jump that occurred in World War II encompassed almost everything you could think of, from weapons and support (logistics) to communications technology and medical equipment. Vehicles such as heavy duty tanks, submarines, and jet fighters were created. New ways of communicating were developed. It was a great time to be an innovator. 

Unfortunately, one of the final and most awe-inspiring inventions also turned out to be most destructive, as the atomic bomb was used to end the war by devastating Japan. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Key Events That Led to WWII

War doesn’t just start on whim.  It always comes to a tipping point, but before this, there are key events leading up to its outbreak.  World War II was no different.

World War II was an effect of the turmoil left by World War I.  The Treaty of Versailles concluded the war between Germany and the Allied Powers.  However, since Germany lost, the treaty was rather harsh against the Germans.  They were required to pay reparations, but since they lost, the German economy was in ruins, making the burden too difficult to bear.

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In the period before World War II, Japan was expanding rapidly.  But since it was an island nation, the Japanese did not have the natural resources to support their growth.  As an empire, they invaded the likes of Manchuria and China.

Other countries were taken over by dictators who formed fascist governments, with the only objective being creating the biggest empire possible.  Franco took over Spain, Mussolini took over Italy, and Hitler took over Germany, wherein the Nazi party ruled with such power and influence.

Soon enough, Hitler took over Austria, and then Czechoslovakia.  By means of appeasement, other big European countries, like France and Britain, who were interested in keeping the peace thought it would be wise to make Hitler happy, rather than try to go against him.  It turned out that they were wrong, because it only made Hitler bolder.

This imbalance was the perfect condition for war to erupt.  The Axis powers were formed, and soon enough Pearl Harbor was bombed.  That was the beginning of what remains to this day as the biggest devastation known to man.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vasily Zaitsev: Legendary Sniper

Some of the most adored heroes of World War II have risen from the ranks. One particularly interesting true to life story is that of Vasily Zaitsev, one of the most famous snipers out of the Russian Army.

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Vasily started as a humble shepherd boy who used to help out his grandfather in the snow fields of Siberia to tend to their flock. There were many predators around that would often sneak up on sheep. In particular, wolves frequented the area. This was when Vasily’s grandfather taught him how to use a rifle at a very early age.

This knowledge and early experience easily made Vasily a natural when it came to handling a long range gun. He easily found his way to the Russian army because of his skill.

It was in Stalingrad where Vasily Zaitsev served his country with the best that he knew. This was in the middle of the war between Russia, and the Adolf Hitler-led German army. Stalingrad was a messy warpath, having recorded about 2 million lost lives in a span of eight months.

Zaitsev wasted no bullets. For him, it was one shot, one kill. From his crude training in the Siberian snow, he obviously learned well from protecting sheep against the wolves. But in Stalingrad, he seemed to be the predator. In his first ten days with his Mosin-Nagant rifle as a sniper for the Soviet 1047th Rifle Regiment, he shot down 40 Nazis from long distance.

By the end of his service, he had 242 confirmed kills under his belt, including Berlin’s sniping champion, who was a cold-blooded killer himself. Lieutenant Vasily Zaitsev eventually gained the Soviet Union’s top award for bravery and skill. He won the hearts of the rest of the world too.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

WWII facts you can teach to your kids

WWII is an important part of our history, but it can be a sensitive topic to teach your kids. And though it’s one of the darkest times of our past, teaching the younger generation about this part of our history is a crucial part of learning about the present. 

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Here are WWII facts you can teach your kids. 

The battle between two groups 

Though WWII started in Britain, almost half the world was involved. It was a battle between the Allied and Axis powers. The Allied Powers were Britain, France, Russia, China, and the United States. The Axis Powers were Germany, Italy, and Japan. 

When and where 

WWII started in 1939 with Germany’s unprovoked invasion of Poland. Britain and France responded with a declaration of war on Germany. The war in Europe ended with Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945, while the war in the Pacific ended with Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. The war started from Europe and spread throughout the world, with the most damage done Europe and Southeast Asia. 

The role of US 

Many Hollywood movies depict the U.S. as the country that won the war against the Axis Powers. However, the US didn’t join the war until 1941 when Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The war was won by the collective efforts and sacrifices of the men and women of the Allied Powers. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Most Unforgettable Moments In Soccer History

Nothing in all of sports is worth celebrating more than a goal in soccer. Especially if it a game-winning goal made during the final seconds of the match. Below are some of these moments worth reliving.

Liverpool’s comeback to secure Champions League Victory

Liverpool was trailing Milan 3-0 at half-time in the 2005 Champions League final. At the second half, the Liverpool made a rally headed by Steven Gerrard and Vladimir Smicer. They secured the victory during overtime drama.

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Sergio Aguero’s heroics gave Manchester City its first Premier League title

Aguero’s last-minute game-winner in the finals of the 2011-12 season was among the finest in history. United almost took home the trophy when Sergio smashed the ball into the QPR net.

Diego Maradona’s 'Hand of God'

The 1986 World Cup was witness to the greatest individual performance in soccer history when Maradona scored the goal of the century four minutes after poking with his little pinky beyond Peter Shilton.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In Wartime: Famous Sports During WW2

In the darkest days of the war, when the world was in commotion, fuel and food were scarce, and people took to sports to lift their morale. The role of sports played a huge role to keep the world’s civility intact. Below are the sports the thrived during World War 2.


Boxing was hugely popular. Joe Louis won a rematch against heavyweight champion German Max Schmeling in 1938. Joe Louis was drafted and spent the war giving boxing exhibitions in bases around the country.

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During the war, American sports took a huge hit. Months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, automobile sports like racing were suspended to save on gas and rubber rationing.

Major League Baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw asked President Roosevelt if the sport will be cancelled as well. To maintain good public morale, Roosevelt decided to continue funding the sport. There were many top talented players that lost their lives during the war, but many more stepped up.

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During this time, college football was more popular than the professional game. Thousands of college players, though, got drafted to serve the whole country instead of just their alma mater.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Striker’s Striker: Jurgen Klinsmann

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Jurgen Klinsmann was the head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team. That was his last gig. He has also been a football manager in Germany. But for a host of German fans, he will always be the quintessential football striker.

Klinsmann’s athletic prowess combined with his keen sense of the goal and his killer instinct make for the perfect striker. Just like the perfect predator or assassin, Klinsmann utilized all these abilities and struck into the hearts of opponents’ defenses time and time again. The first time he suited up for the West German team was in 1987. Upon his retirement, Klinsmann had 108 caps, which was 4th overall. He also scored 47 goals in the highest levels of competition for the national team, which was good enough to put him in 4th place alongside Rudi Voller.

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He won the 1990 FIFA World Cup with the West German team besting the Diego Maradona-led Argentina, and six years later, led the German team to the UEFA European Championship. He scored in all the major international tourneys that he played in, and in 1995, was third overall for the FIFA World Player of the Year.

In 2004, Klinsmann received yet another honor, when FIFA recognized him as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers. That in itself is a testament to the legendary striker that is Jurgen Klinsmann.

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