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Is This The Worlds Toughest Ultra Marathon
Every year people flock to one of the mostominous named places in the United States, Badwater Basin, Death Valley. This is a placeof dry, cracked earth, and average summer temperatures that reach up to 115 degreesfahrenheit. They gather here because it's the starting point of what some call the world'stoughest footrace: The Badwater Ultramarathon. This insane race starts from the lowest pointin North America, Badwater Basin and ends at Whitney Portal, which is known as the gatewayto Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental US. For those of you without a map handy,that is a 135 mile race, starting from 280 feet below sea level and ending at 8,300 feetabove sea level. And just to keep piling on
how long and hard this race is, the coursegoes through three mountain ranges and places with names like Devil's Golf Course andDevil's Cornfield on asphalt that can heat up to 200 degrees. So, with all the treacherousobstacles, you'd think the race would be held in the winter time, to avoid scorchingtemperatures. Nope! It's in July, because if you're going to test yourself by runningmore than 100 miles through the toughest terrain in the United States, why not do it at thehottest time of the yearé So it's not surprising that some don't finish. Even though therace is strictly invitation only, letting in up to 100 of the most qualified enduranceathletes, many are forced to drop out along
the way, but maybe not as many as you'dthink. In 2014, 83 out of 97 finished. Racers have been known to train by sitting in saunasto get their body used to the heat, similar to how mountain climbers have to acclimateto extreme altitudes. It also gets the body used to consuming and processing a lot ofliquid. One expert says by your fourth week of suana training, you should be able to handlestaying in a sauna at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. So who are the people who run the toughestrace in the worldé They're normal people, no big sponsorship contracts, no large egos.To put it in context, the person who won the race in 2014 was a teacher from Ohio. The2012 winner was a former Navy diver. And yes,
the 2013 champ listed â€œprofessional athleteâ€�as his occupation, but I think we can assume he didn't run for the prize money. Because,there is no prize money. The winner gets a belt buckle and a medal, nothing more besidespride and a sense of accomplishment. The people who run the Badwater Ultramarathon are someof the toughest endurance athletes on earth. It is an epically hard race in near fatalterrain. And even though they take the race and the challenge very seriously, trainingfor months with a team by their side to deliver water or medical attention, the athletes andorganizers seem to take it all in stride. The bottom of the Badwater rule page sumsthis up perfectly, â€œ Have fun and keep smiling.
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Neckarwestheim and the End of the World Citation Needed 1x06
Today's show is sponsored byMarilyn Manson's Fancy Dancin'. This is the Technical Difficulties.We are playing Citation Needed. I have an almostrandomly selected article from Wikipedia in front of me and these folks can't see it. Every fact they get right is a point and a ding DING, and there's a special prize for particularly good answers which is. Now, sometimes the random article selector comes out with something that I definitely can't use.
Sometimes it comes out with something wonderful. And sometimes it comes out with something like. The Neckarwestheim Nuclear Power Plant. Laughter 'Neck a vest' is when you get a pint of vest and just try and try and down it. Warming! Nekavestnominate!
Actually, I found out what the German for 'neknominate' was, and it's 'Biernominierung'. ALL: Ahhh! Yes! It's got a lovely. Biernominierung. Yeah, it's got that kind of assonance in it that really really sells it. 'Neknominate'. enh. 'Ich Biernominierung Hans!' It still works.
â€” Yeah.â€” It still works. Ohh, 'neck vest'. Neckarwestnominate: you have to build a nuclear power plant in your back garden. I was thinking you'd just have to wear a really bad sweater for the next day. Really tight '80s tank top. That kind of thing. Sorry, it just occurs to me that Starfleet spandex uniforms don't really fit all body types. There's just. That's a fair point! You never saw a fat Starfleet captain, did youé
That's what I was thinking. What about Scottyé No, but he didn't wear, like, the first version Next Generation ones, you know, the *really* tight 'you can see their junk' level ones. Oh yeah, they did fit, didn't theyé Can you imagine being a bit of a chunkier fellow in one of themé Just the gut hanging out. I suspect that enough TNG conventions have brought us this image.
'I've split my uniform, sir.' â€” '.again.'â€” 'Again.' Sad trombone Are you just improvising a '70s sitcom on board the USS Enterpriseé Carry On Enterprise! Yeah. Oh, actually that would have been really good. Yeah! Carry On Star Trek could actually have been a thing. It's around about the right time.