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Where did the first roller coaster originate?

Today’s roller coaster has its roots in the Russian ice slides of the mid-1600s. Popular mostly around the city of St. Petersburg, these wooden constructions looked like giant skateboard half-pipe…

Why are there dimples on a golf ball?

Those little dimples may not seem like a big deal, but golfers and golf equipment manufacturers know that a dimpled ball travels almost twice as far as a smooth ball….

What is the sweet spot of a baseball bat?

When the bat hits a ball, the bat vibrates. The vibrations travel in waves up and down the bat. At one point on the bat, the waves cancel each other…

Why is the sport of football also called soccer?

The word “soccer” actually comes from England, where the modern version of the game originated. In England, there were two types of football: rugby football and association football. The slang…

When was the yo-yo invented?

Toys that were like yo-yos had been around for hundreds of years, but a man named Pedro Flores was responsible for manufacturing the first modern yo-yo in 1928. Originally from…

How does a hot air balloon work?

The basic principle of ballooning is simple: Warm air rises. If warm air is contained in a lightweight bag it will rise until the temperature of the air inside the…

Who invented baseball?

Baseball doesn’t have one single inventor, and if someone tells you that a man named Abner Doubleday invented baseball, feel free to tell them that they are full of horsefeathers!…

Who invented the Frisbee?

The Frisbee was invented in 1957 by a Californian UFO enthusiast named Walter Frederick. But he didn’t call it a Frisbee. The Wham-O company bought his idea for a toy…

When was American football invented?

To most of the world, “football” means soccer. And in Australia, “football” refers to a game that looks a lot like rugby. As it turns out, American football comes from…

What is a basketball made of?

It all depends on who the ball is made for! An NBA basketball is made of composite leather, a synthetic material designed to withstand slam dunks and allow all-stars like…

What is a football made out of? Are they really made of pigskins?

Football are sometimes called a “pigskin,” which makes people think footballs might be made out of pigs. But nope! The NFL’s official footballs are made of premium cowhide leather. According…

What do the Olympic rings mean?

The colors of the five interlocking rings represent the five participating continents: Australia, Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. The colors are always arranged with blue, black, and red across the…

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