Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano for February 18, 2019


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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  9 months ago

    never thought of the Olympics’ modern-day beginnings to have sportsfolk that young (who was in first place if it wasn’t Dimitrios?)

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    Bilan  9 months ago

    Why was the first graduate of Princeton somebody who’s last name started with M?

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    tornadoprevention  9 months ago

    Madison was only there to audit courses.

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    tornadoprevention  9 months ago

    No bronze for Dimitrios, they didn’t have them back there

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    AshburnStadium  9 months ago

    I thought that “place” meant coming in second, and “show” meant coming in third!

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    Spock  9 months ago

    The first Olympic Games of modern times were very different from todays’ “Olympics”. There were no national teams, only sports groups and single participants (although today, they give a medal count according to nations). Some nations even boycotted the event, e.g. Germany, thus, only 21 athletes came and they were threatened by their sports clubs. Australians were not allowed to participate, if their club paidd the the ship voyage (then they were not considered “amateurs” anymore). Even measured by the standards of the time, the athletes were not all exceptionally good, let alone best of their countries And “of course”, women were not allowed to participate.

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    Grammar.Consulting  9 months ago

    There was also a Southern Song dynasty in China, having nothing to do with any preeminence of country-and-western ballads:

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    Casey Jones  9 months ago

    I thought it was Only A Northern Song.

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    winspector  9 months ago

    wow, wow, and wow……….someone nudge me please

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    jasonsnakelover  9 months ago

    I didn’t know Dynasty was on the air at that time.

    Limitrios Doundras

    Take care and may God bless.

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    George Gadsby Premium Member 9 months ago

    More to Dimitrios than that . . Dimitrios Loundras (6 September 18851 – 15 February 19712) was a Greek gymnast and naval officer who competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was the last surviving participant of these Games.

    Loundras competed in the team parallel bars event. In that competition, Loundras was a member of the Ethnikos Gymnastikos Syllogos team that placed third of the three teams in the event, giving him a bronze medal. At 10 years 218 days he remains the youngest medalist and competitor in Olympic history,3 if one discounts an unknown competitor, believed to be a seven-year-old French boy, who competed as coxswain for the Dutch coxed pair rowing team in the 1900 Olympics.

    Loundras later became an officer in the Royal Hellenic Navy, graduating from the Hellenic Navy Academy as an ensign in 1905. He served in various commands as well as a naval attache, and fought in World War I, before retiring with the rank of rear admiral in 1935. On the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in 1940, he was recalled to active service and appointed head of the Aegean Naval Command. He finally retired in 1945 as a vice admiral.3 From 1924 on he was a member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.3 After World War II he played a leading role in the establishment of the Hellenic Shooting Federation, and became its first president.3 In 1936 he also served briefly as prefect of Lesbos Prefecture.

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    craigwestlake  9 months ago

    That’s nothing. Trump University has graduated thousands of gullibles…

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