Author Archives: Terynn Boulton

10 Bizarre World Records

1. Fastest Hundred Meter Hurdle Wearing Swim Fins (Men’s and Women’s) Perhaps she was hoping it would become the next Olympic sport. I mean, the 1904 Olympics included greased pole climbing and mud fights, so why not hurdling with swim fins? Regardless of her motivations, Zheng Da Zong Yi holds the record for the fastest hundred meter hurdle wearing swim […]

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When the Canadian Government Used “Gay Detectors” to Try to Get Rid of Homosexual Government Employees

We are all familiar with the colloquialism “gaydar” which refers to a person’s intuitive, and often wildly inaccurate, ability to assess the sexual orientation of another person. In the 1960s, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attempted to use a slightly more scientific, though equally flawed, approach- a machine to detect if a person was gay or not.  This was […]

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The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

Sue T. asks: Why do people say “say cheese” when taking pictures?  Also, why did people not smile in old pictures and when did they start? “Say cheese!” This simple command is meant to elicit a smile from potential photography subjects no matter what their age. It has become so commonplace that the word “say” is often no longer uttered. […]

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