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Photo Of The Day: A Hockey Team From The Very First Winter Olympics In 1924

Photo courtesy Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report, via Slate

Photo courtesy Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report, via Slate

We’re still two years away from the next Winter Olympics, but on this day in 1924, the very first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France. After the opening ceremony on January 25th, there followed ten days of tournaments, some of which are still recognizable—ski jumping, curling—and some of which sound utterly baffling, such as the military patrol event (a short-lived entry which eventually evolved into today’s more familiar biathlon). Even the sports that have remained relatively unchanged have gone through huge alterations in terms of uniforms and equipment, as can be seen from the worryingly unprotected hockey team above.

258 athletes from 16 nations participated in the first games. There were several memorable highlights, including the Olympic figure skating debut of Norway’s Sonja Henie, who was only 11 years old at the time (she came last, but won gold at the next three Winter Olympics). America lays claim to the very first awarded gold medal, courtesy of speed-skater Charles Jewtraw. Sadly for the host country, France failed to win a single gold medal.

Liked this? Check out the 1948 Olympics in photos, or enjoy 15 epic images from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Horrifying Effects Of Lead On The Human Body

Flint Water

Tap water in Flint, Mich., has a distinct discoloration. It also has toxic levels of lead. Image Source: Twitter

The children of Flint, Mich., are in danger. In 2014, Flint city government officials decided to change their water source, and thus started to use improperly filtered water from the local Flint River. The dirty water was then transported through a piping system desperately in need of an upgrade. The result: Thousands of people exposed to toxic levels of lead and a federally declared state of emergency.
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Your World This Week, Jan. 24 – 30

This week in health and medicine: Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases, the Tinder change that aims to fight STDs, Ebola re-appears in Sierra Leone, and a new Chinese herb might help curb your drinking problem.

Florida Bucks National Trend, Shows Increased HIV Rate

Florida Hiv Graph

Image Source: MiamiHerald

It’s not just that Florida leads the U.S. in new cases of HIV. It’s also that elsewhere around the nation, HIV rates have been falling–and that the culprit is not some uncontrollable force of nature, but instead, bureaucratic mismanagement.

A new report from the Florida Department of Health shows that new cases of HIV have been on a steady uptick in the state since 2012, which, they crucially note, was just after Governor Rick Scott took office. Many are indeed blaming Scott and his top health officer, Dr. John Armstrong, for the STD surge. Under Scott and Armstrong (about to undergo a Senate hearing in an attempt to keep his job), thousands of jobs and millions of dollars have been cut from the state’s health department. Many claim that those cuts have specifically hampered the state’s fight against HIV.

And many more are claiming the Armstrong simple does not want to address the issue. “Silence equals death,” said former state HIV caseworker Ron Ford. “This does not have to happen. But people have to start talking about it for it not to happen.” See more at the Miami Herald.

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Photo Of The Day: The Date Beer Changed Forever

First Canned Beer

Image Source: Wikipedia

There’s a high chance that the last beer you drank came out of a can. Over 50% of non-draught beer in America is sold in cans (and that number has risen in recent years). But prior to January 24, 1935, a can wouldn’t have even been an option.

The American Can Company started toying with the idea of canned beer back in 1909. Their major problem was that the cans just couldn’t hold up to the 30-80 pounds-per-square inch of carbonated pressure found in bottled beer. And then Prohibition hit in 1919, eliminating any potential market even if the company could figure out their problem.

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