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Largest catch ever!
The largest freshwater fish was captured on May 1, 2005 in Chiang Khong district of Thailand. The 9 ft long fish was caught in the waters of Mekong River and weighed 646 lbs or 293 kgs.


The numbers game in fishing

  • Did you know that 90 percent of fish are caught by 10 percent of fishermen?
  • It is estimated that nearly 30 percent (60 million lbs) of the 200 million lbs of sport and game fish in Oklahoma are found in its major reservoirs
  • About 3.8 million lbs of fish is caught by anglers every year


    More fishing facts

  • Dupont Company introduced nylon fishing nets in the US. In 1992, Larry Nixon won $1 million in a Bass fishing competition.
  • One of the most popular species of bass fish, Kentucky bass is biologically known as Micropterus punctuates
  • Another equally popular bass fish species, Small mouth bass, is biologically known as Micropterus dolmieui
  • Large Mouth Bass is known as Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede) and is the third most abundant species


    Fishing for sport and dinner

    Summer is a time for fishing and enjoying in cool lake side areas. Luckily for us DFW is endowed with over 100 natural and man made lakes, dams and reservoirs. Let us learn some quirky facts about fishing so there’s something to talk about the next time you hit the angling circuit.
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great bass fishing enthusiast. He was responsible for creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1932 and also for construction of numerous dams and breeding bass fish in them.


    Bicycling backwards for humanitarian causes
    Here is a truly interesting person: Curan Wright is traveling across America on a bicycle but his style of riding is rather different and unique. He's riding a bike backwards to raise awareness about HIV, medical marijuana, and homelessness. His ride is a 20 inch bike that only goes backwards. He had covered over 5,500 miles in the southern US when this news dispatch came in.


    Tour De France is definitely the most famous bicycle race in the world. But there are numerous other races organized across the world. Here is a small list of some of the more famous races.
    * The newest bicycle race to be introduced is the Tour of California. This race debuted in February 2009 and will be an annual race, which starts in San Francisco Bay Area and ends in Los Angeles County after passing through California redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast.
    * The Tour of Spain (Vuelta a Espana) was first held in 1935 and has been an annual event since 1955
    * 36 French, 18 Belgian, 10 United States, 9 Italian and 8 Spanish cyclists have won the Tour De France
    * The Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia) is an annual event and has been held since 1909 in Milan, Italy


    Let us learn about some interesting facts about the activity of bicycling and how it helps riders. After reading this many of us will want to start cycling to get healthy and slimmer.
    * Cycling helps you burn 600 calories an hour
    * On a bicycle you can travel 3 times faster than you can walk but the amount of energy spent is the same
    * On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kilometres on the energy equivalent of a single litre of petrol
    * Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space taken up by one car
    * Cycling is great exercise: leisurely cycling (around 12 mph) burns calories at the same rate as very brisk walking (faster than 4mph)


    Today we will learn about some quirky facts about bicycles in the US.
    1. The longest tandem bicycle built can seat thirty-five people and is almost 67 feet long and weighs about as much as a Volkswagen car
    2. The smallest bicycle that an adult can ride has wheels made from silver dollars
    3. Steve McPeak built and rode a unicycle (one wheeled bicycle) that was ten stories tall
    4. At St. Helen's School in Newbury, Ohio, unicycling is a mandatory subject. Students are even allowed to ride their unicycles in the halls between classes.


    Lance Armstrong
    Did you know that Lance Armstrong, seven time winner of the world’s toughest bicycle race, the Tour de France was born in Plano, Texas on18 September 1971? Armstrong is the second American to win the Tour de France: the first was Greg LeMond.


    Inflatable/ pneumatic tires
    Did you know that early bicycles ran on hard rubber or wooden wheels, there was no air-filled tubes inside them. It was only in 1888, that Scotsman John Boyd Dunlop introduced the first practical pneumatic tire for the bicycle. Though he successfully designed and tested the pneumatic or inflatable tyre, he was granted patent on December 7, 1888. There was no interenet at that time, so it took two more years for people to realize that another Scottish inventor Robert William Thomson (1822-1873), had patented the idea in France in 1846 and in the US in 1847.


    During the pat seven days we learnt about interesting facts and trivia about Swimming. This week let us learn about another equally invigorating activity – bicycling. First off let us learn about who invented this two wheeled, human-powered vehicle.
    The bicycle was not invented by one individual, several people contributed to its formation. But the draisine or Laufmaschine meaning running machine, invented by the German Baron Karl von Drais, is regarded as the archetype of the bicycle. The vehicle built of wood was introduced to public in Mannheim in summer 1817 and a year later in Paris.


    Summer time is Swimmer time – 7
    First Swimming Competition in the US

    Did you know that the first official swimming competition in the US took place in 1883? The New York Athletic Club organized this and continued to hold annual competitions through 1887.


    Summer time is Swimmer time – 6
    Plunge for Distance

    Early Olympic games had a unique swimming event known as Plunge for Distance. Though it was a short-lived Olympic event, the sport was pretty popular. Introduced in the 1904 St. Louis Games, the event followed the following format. Contestants began with a standing dive into a swimming pool where they remained motionless for 60 seconds or until they ran out of breath. The length of their dive was then measured. The first person to win a gold medal in the plunge for distance event was William Dickey of the United States, who plunged 19.05 metres.


    Summer time is Swimmer time – 5
    Inspiring Indian Mermaid

    Indian Swimmer Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty is the first woman to swim all the seven seas in five continents. She earned this distinction in 2004 by crossing the Palk Straits from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Dhanushkodi in India in approximately 14 hours. Bula swam the English Channel in 1989 and repeated the feat in 1999 to become the first Asian woman to swim the channel twice. She then went on a long-distance swimming spree to swim the Strait of Gibraltar in 2000, Tiranian Sea in Italy (2001), Great Toroneos Gulf in Greece (2002), Catalina Channel in the U.S. (2002) and Cooks Straits in New Zealand (2003).


    Summer time is Swimmer time – 4
    Underwater swimming competition

    The first and only time underwater swimming was held at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games. The organizers decided that two points would be awarded for each metre swum underwater and one point was added to the scoring of each individual for every second he stayed below the surface. French swimmer Charles de Venderville won the event swimming 60 metres and staying submerged for 1 min 8.4 sec.


    Summer time is Swimmer time – 3
    Captain Matthew Webb of England was the first to swim the English Channel using the breaststroke; he was also the first man to complete the course without a life jacket. Swimming brought him glory but took his life too. He died while attempting to swim the rapids above Niagara falls.


    Summer time is Swimmer time - 2
    American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller was the first athlete to swim 100 meters in less than a minute. During his career he won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. That is not all, Weissmuller was also a Hollywood actor, best known for his role as Tarzan


    Summer time is Swimmer time - 1
    One of the most popular activities during the hot summer months is to spend time in the cool comforts of the swimming pool. Starting today for the next seven days, you will get to know interesting and rare facts about this sport and people of this sport.

    In the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics Japan won all the men's titles except the 400-meter freestyle, which was won by Buster Crabbe of USA


    Beetle Mania
    Volkswagen Beetle is perhaps the most favored car across the world. It not only has a beautiful shape and great engine but also has a fascinating history. Adolf Hitler proposed the idea to the company to make a car which could five people and run at 100 km/ h (62 mph). The Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche founder of automotive design company, which later became known as the Porsche Büro. Porsche currently owns 31% of the Volkswagen car company.


    Truth about Amazon.com
    Amazon.com started as a small online book store known as Cadabra.com. At that time Yahoo was the only search engine available and results were posted in alphabetical order. Hence Jeff Bezos changed the name of the enterprise to Amazon.com. It was also a great way to present large volume bookstore online.

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