Michael Phelps Smokes Yet Another World Record

One of the DEA’s dirty (and poorly kept) secrets is that marijuana - the devil weed - doesn’t have much in the way of long-term negative effects. That’s not to say it’s healthy, of course, but you don’t see the sores or teeth falling out or other never-the-same-after-that problems.

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(Throwing his career away, right? What do you mean, “no”?!)

Perfect case in point: the single most famous pot-smoking athlete in America today, Michael Phelps. Phelps is back in competition after his suspension for being photographed while apparently using a bong (to Phelps’ credit, he owned up instead of trying to go for the “implausible but try and prove otherwise” defense of claiming he wasn’t actually smoking at the time).

But marijuana’s a drug, one that directly involves the respiratory system that’s kinda important in swimming and other athletic endeavors. Surely, it must have robbed him of his legendary conditioning, right? Read more…

Did Usain Bolt Slow Down To Make More $ Later?

When Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the mens 100m on Saturday night, he did so pretty comfortably. Bolt started celebrating his victory with about 20 meters left in the race, yet somehow still managed to break his own world record by finishing in 9.69 seconds.

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Imagine what time Bolt could have posted had he run hard the entire 100 meters? That’s what a lot of people are wondering right now, and some are even wondering if Usain slowed down on purpose. A lot of runners have clauses in their endorsement contracts that call for a nice bonus when they set a world record, and there are now rumors Bolt slowed down on purpose to make more money in the future.

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Stunt Diver Belly Flops His Way To World Record

I wish an exhibit like this had been on hand when I’d lived in Denver and frequented the Water World water park just outside the city. Anyway, a former strip club DJ named Darren Taylor has made a name for himself as “Professor Splash” by jumping into shallow pools from ridiculous heights — and per Denver’s KUSA, he recently broke his own record.

Ouch. That has to leave a mark.

Taylor has set previous records in Italy, Germany, and Spain, and even keeps up a website which apparently contains one record-setting dive he did in Japan (captured by TV on one of the country’s game shows) that “caused him to black out for a few seconds.”