Even though we live in the twenty-first century and many things have changed drastically in the past few decades, modern society has taught us to think of racism as a “white male’s” sin only. The same thing pretty much goes on in showbiz as well; we keep hearing again and again how John Wayne talked too much shit about race and white supremacy, or how Elvis was a racist, despite being the one who opened the way to success for black musicians and made R&B music mainstream…..READ MORE
There are some things that we will never learn at school or even if we do, the narrative of these stories will focus on the things they want us to know instead of the true version of the story. Are you looking for examples already? Let us give you a helping hand: The USSR dominated the Olympic Games, but all we hear about is the Miracle on ice.
The USSR first appeared at the Olympics back in 1952, while the last time it participated was in 1988. Probably the only stories you know about the USSR and the Olympics is how a bunch of American college boys kicked the Soviets in the ass at the Winter Olympics of 1980 aka “Miracle on ice,” but the fact remains that the Soviets dominated the medal Olympic tables in a total of fourteen cases out of their eighteen participations; seven times in the Summer Olympics and seven times in the Winter Games. They finished second three times to the Americans and once to East Germany.
You might have heard how Soviet and East German athletes were merciless steroid abusers, but a simple look at all the doping cases in history shows one thing: Americans juiced and still juice more than any other nation’s athletes. You might have heard also that when the USSR beat the US in the Olympic Basketball tournament of 1972 there was some serious case of injustice and actually it might be true, but let’s not forget that the US team of Carmelo, Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the NBA superstars got their ass whipped in 2006 by tiny Greece, where basketball became professional only twenty years ago. The fact that they lost to a country with half the population of New York City alone, or that Lebron’s salary was more than all of the Greek team’s combined, didn’t stop many Americans from making lame excuses, instead of giving credit where it is due.
Despite the excuses, the fact remains that the USSR had the most dominant and disciplined sportsmen of the twentieth century, and there’s plenty of evidence and proof waiting for you to discover out there, instead of believing what the media serve you.
A good example for all this argument is boxing, one of America’s most beloved and popular sports historically. All the ex-Soviet boxers who couldn’t become professional boxers throughout most of the twentieth century because of the communist regime have for nearly two decades now produced one world champ after another in most boxing divisions and dominate the most prestigious division in history—the heavyweight—with ease . The sport of boxing used to be an American dominated, but all this was way before the Iron Curtain collapses and the Eastern Europeans change the map of professional boxing just as they did at the Olympic tournaments. So it makes you wonder how a 5’10, 215 lb Mike Tyson, or a 5’10, 190 lb Rocky Marciano would have fared against 6’7, 250 lb Soviet towers like the Klitschkos, for example. Not that great probably.
Questions that will never be answered, but can only be speculated on based on facts.
Written by Theodoros II for TCMag
This coming Sunday, the 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and we can’t wait to have the laugh of the year with all those vain celebrities who will walk down the red carpet like war heroes and pose like clowns for the cameras.
Some of them will get awarded and shed tears out of happiness, while others will hold their tears back until they return home empty-handed. The ones with the most nerve will shamelessly send messages of support and agony to all the poor and desperate of this world, when in reality only the dresses they wear and the after-parties cost more than the annual state budget of most African countries combined.
So we are “spitting” out eleven irrelevant facts about this overrated and overpriced awards ceremony, hoping to get our fifteen minutes of fame, too…. READ MORE
When people think of Ancient Greek contributions to the world, they usually think of Democracy, the Olympic Games, mythology, philosophy, architecture, tragedy, comedy and theatre among others. It’s no secret that Greece, even though a small dot on the map, gave birth to many great things and it is widely considered to be the mother of Western Civilization. Even though most people are aware that almost everything related to western culture started in Greece, there’s much more associated with it than most people realize. With this list, we are not only aiming to enlighten, but to shock as well with some well-hidden and forgotten modern inventions that come from antiquity…. READ MORE
Survival is our most basic natural instinct. It’s in our genes and it’s evolutionary. Some other theories suggest that survival is simply one of the many ways people rationalize fear. The only certain thing is that our survival motives define our most basic needs and this list includes five incredible displays of human will for survival that clearly proves that theory to be correct…. READ MORE
In 1816, the eruption of the volcano of Mount Tambora in Indonesia caused a really strange phenomenon. It not only hastened the advent of winter, but also contributed to the emergence of the coldest year of the 19th century. To get an idea of the power and drastic nature of this volcano’s eruption in Indonesia, you need to keep in mind that it was 52,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
In the Far East, 92 thousand people died, mainly from starvation because of crop destruction and the extinction of hundreds of thousands of animals. Tons of dust, sulfur, and ash clouds penetrated the atmosphere, and literally affected and ‘disorganized’ weather and climatic conditions in the most extreme way, causing a global temperature drop for three consecutive years…. READ MORE
While touring new places, we are exposed to new sights, new foods, new arts, and new civilizations. The cultural impact of tourism as an event is undeniable, but let’s not underestimate the significance of tourism in economic terms, since it is very important for the economy and a sector that can definitely create growth prospects and new positions of work. With $1trillion spent by 1 billion tourists every year on a global basis we should not only focus on its cultural impact but on what it literally has become during the last few decades – a business industry. But what happens when tourism rises to another level and seek more than the ordinary things the “pop-culture” tourism of our times requests? What happens when tourism becomes another field of human activity where the alternative view on it stimulates the human curiosity and interest…. READ MORE