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17 facts about foxes: habits, bloodless hunting and other interesting unknown things

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Despite the fact that foxes do not live with humans, they do not need special introduction. Thanks to folklore, children already at an early age get acquainted with a small animal, which compensates for weakness with cunning, but does not miss its own, if it is possible to offend a weaker one. Of course, it is worth separating the image of the fox, formed in our imagination under the influence of children's fairy tales and cartoons, from the real lifestyle of the fox.

 

As one of the most famous researchers, Charles Roberts, wrote, it is always difficult for a person describing the habits of highly organized animals to resist endowing them with some human traits. The notorious fox's cunning in real life appears only when the animal leaves the chase. At this time, the fox very skillfully winds around, confusing tracks, and can disguise itself in an instant, disappearing from sight.

 

On the hunt, foxes are quite straightforward. They operate according to the scheme “detection of prey - lightning attack - end of the hunt”. On average, foxes range in size from half a meter to a meter in length. The tail, which is approximately two-thirds of the body length, is counted separately. The maximum weight of foxes is 10 - 11 kg, while it is subject to significant seasonal fluctuations. Foxes are by no means exclusively forest dwellers. Rather, even, they can be conditionally attributed to the inhabitants of the forest-steppe and woodlands - it is in these natural zones that fox food lives and grows.

 

The fox is not only nicer than the fox hunter, he's a deal more useful –  archive, 1982 | Hunting | The Guardian

 

Geographically, foxes are found almost everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, with the exception of extreme climates. In the Southern Hemisphere, foxes live only in Australia, where humans have successfully introduced them. However, the success of fox breeding in Australia is relative - they were turned on, desperate to cope with rabbits, but foxes, finding themselves on the smallest continent, preferred to hunt smaller fauna. The rabbits, to the desperation of the farmers, successfully continued to breed. Bemorepanda presents you some interesting facts.

 

1. Despite their small size, foxes are rarely hunted by larger animals. Of course, a wolf, bear, lynx or wolverine will not refuse the opportunity to catch a gaping fox. However, such a chance appears very rarely - foxes are attentive and fast. Purposefully, they practically do not hunt adult foxes. Young animals are in great danger. Even birds of prey hunt on it, not without success.

 

Taking into account the human factor - and the hunters, if possible, knock out foxes by the thousands - the average life span of a fox does not exceed three years. At the same time, foxes do not die at all because of the exhaustion of the body's resources - in captivity, cases were recorded when foxes lived for 20 - 25 years.

 

2. Foxes are practically not afraid of humans, so they are well studied and take root in captivity, allowing people to breed new subspecies. People living in rural areas naturally do not like foxes - red-haired beauties often destroy birds and small livestock. However, zoologists argue that the damage from foxes is often exaggerated.

 

3. English "Fox Hunting" fun did not come about because the villagers lacked entertainment. England is so densely populated that the last wolf was killed at the beginning of the 16th century. The disappearance of wolves has led to an unprecedented breeding of foxes, who have lost their last natural enemy. The consequences for the farmers were clear. Angry peasants began to organize massive fox hunts. They managed to kill some animals, but the noise raised by the crowd of “hunters” was more important.

 

American red fox - Wikipedia

 

The first mention of such a hunt dates back to 1534. The technology turned out to be more than successful - by 1600, specially bred dogs were required to hunt foxes. At the same time, economic processes were going on in England, which led to the deprivation of the peasants of free non-agricultural land, and fox hunting became the property of the nobility. It turned into a whole ritual with lush ladies' toilets, old-fashioned hunter's costumes, etc. At the beginning of the 21st century, after a short debate, the British Parliament banned fox hunting with the help of a pack of more than 3 dogs. One vote in the House of Commons was enough to abolish the age-old tradition.

 

4. There is a hunt for foxes without the death of these animals. This is still the unofficial name for sports radio direction-finding competitions. The role of foxes is performed by constantly working transmitters hidden in rough terrain. Athletes are armed with receivers. Their task is to find all transmitters in the shortest possible time (usually there are 5 of them). Fox hunting competitions were very popular during the Cold War.

 

The essence of the competition is very close to counterintelligence work to identify and eliminate intelligence channels of communication. Therefore, state structures, primarily the military and counterintelligence, supported the athletes in every possible way. The end of the Cold War and the rapid development of information technology devalued "fox hunting", and now only enthusiasts are engaged in this sport.

 

5. The caution and quickness of foxes forced hunters to invent several methods of hunting these animals. The fox is lured with a bait. The carcass of an animal or a large piece of meat is left in a well-shot place, and the hunters hide nearby. The fox is lured with decoys, and in recent years, two-module electronic decoys have gained popularity.

 

In them, the control path is in the hands of the hunter, and the luring sounds are emitted by an external loudspeaker. This design allows you to take the fox to a place convenient for shooting. Large companies of hunters practice hunting with a salary, with flags. Hunting dogs are used, both hounds and greyhounds, chasing foxes in the field (greyhounds also strangle fugitives themselves) and burrowing dogs, driving the fox out of the hole.

 

6. Despite the fact that fox hunting is popular wherever these animals are found, even the most successful hungry hunter will not be able to feast on fox meat in Russia. The fox is a very active predator, so there is practically no fat in the fox meat. This makes it extremely tough, fox meat is much tougher than the meat of other predators.

 

The refreshed carcass emits a very unpleasant odor, which is weakened, but does not completely disappear even after 12 hours of soaking in vinegar and salt. Finally, the rodents that make up the fox's diet are packed with parasites. Foxes have developed a very powerful immunity that humans do not have. Therefore, the meat must be subjected to long heat treatment. When boiling, the unpleasant odor reappears, so the only way to cook fox is stewing with a lot of seasonings and spices. The Scandinavians, striking everyone with their surstroemming - pickled herring - distinguished themselves here too. In Sweden and Denmark, foxes are raised for meat on special farms and even some of the products are exported. At retail, fox meat costs about 15 euros per kilogram.

 

Wilder Things: Modern Life Among the Foxes and Coyotes ‹ Literary Hub

 

7. Around the middle of the 20th century, foxes began to be bred and domesticated as pets. On a scientific basis, Dmitry Belyaev's group in Novosibirsk worked on this. A careful selection of the most intelligent and affectionate individuals gave results only after many years. D. Belyaev became an academician, a nice monument was erected to him and one of his pupils in the Novosibirsk town - the scientist and the fox sit on a bench, stretching out their hands to each other. But even many years of efforts did not lead to the development of a new breed. Scientists who continue to work on improving the behavioral qualities of foxes refer to their pets as “population” only. That is, it is just a large group of individuals living in a limited area.

 

8. Unscrupulous “breeders” of foxes have long managed to instill in cheating buyers the idea that a fox is the same dog, only a cat. In a sense, the animal is very loyal to the owner and, at the same time, cleanly and independently. And if the animal does not behave the way the owner wants, then this is the owner's problem. Only with the development of mass communications did the hapless fox breeders manage to share with the world the delights of keeping a fox as a pet. The character of the fox does not depend on the place of purchase, whether it is a special nursery, a reseller, or even the side of the road on which a potential pet was hit by a car.

 

Regardless of whether you got a rather extravagant pet for free, or you paid 10 or 80 thousand rubles for it, it will have extremely unpleasant behavioral features. He will shit anywhere; gnaw and dig wherever possible; make noise at night and stink around the clock. It is the smell that is the most serious negative property of the fox. It can be somehow accustomed to the tray (the contents of which will have to be changed at least twice a day), but the fox will never get rid of the habit of secreting the secret of the paranoid glands, which is unpleasant and painful in the eyes, with any strong emotion from love to fear. Therefore, keeping a fox pet is best in a spacious enclosure in a private house, but not in an apartment. But in any case, you need to take care of rubber gloves and strong detergents in commercial quantities.

 

9. Foxes adapt to almost any environment. There is little animal food - foxes easily switch to vegetable food, without suffering from this at all. It gets colder - we grow, to the delight of hunters, a thick undercoat. It gets warmer - the undercoat falls out, and the fox looks like a sick puppy. Even the color of foxes' fur depends solely on the environmental conditions.

 

If there are many predators in the habitat, foxes dig deep holes with branched passages and a dozen, or even more, exits. Such holes in area can reach 70 square meters. m. There are relatively few predators - and the hole will be short and shallow, and two or three emergency exits will be enough. In cold regions, the main entrance of the burrow faces south, in warm and hot regions - to the north, and in deserts and steppes - to where the winds blow less often.

 

Foxes have been scavenging from humans for 42,000 years - BBC Science Focus  Magazine

 

10. "Fox hole" for some reason is called a type of residential buildings, similar to a hole, except for the location of the entrance on the slope. Modern "fox holes", projects of which are proposed by many construction companies, may not go deep into the ground at all - they are just structures, the walls of which are heaped with earth. Human "fox holes" have both advantages and disadvantages, but they have nothing to do with foxes, except for the name.

 

11. The tightening of hunting rules and environmental legislation everywhere leads to the fact that foxes are gradually approaching human habitation. It is much easier to find food near people than in the wild, than foxes enjoy and enjoy. On the territory of the countries of the former USSR, by and large, only residents of villages and small settlements located near forests suffer from them. It is impossible to fight thieves who destroy small animals. The law expressly prohibits shooting within populated areas only at rabid animals. To do this, you need to confirm the disease, which cannot be done without killing the fox - a vicious circle.

 

In Europe, foxes are firmly established in the largest cities. According to estimates of epidemiologists, about 10,000 foxes live in London. 86% of the townspeople have a positive attitude to the red-haired robbers who fight with dogs and cats, gut garbage bags, and shit wherever they have to. Humans, it turns out, feel guilty about animals that have been bullied for hundreds of years. In Birmingham, foxes became such a disaster that a special team had to be created to capture them.

 

The team did a great job, catching a hundred animals. They were taken to the nearest forest and released - it is inhumane to kill. The foxes returned back to the city (and it's good if they didn't bring friends and girlfriends with them) and continued their dirty deeds. The careless attitude of the townspeople towards foxes is surprising - foxes endure the most terrible infections, including rabies.

 

12. The sea fox is a stingray of a sizeable size (up to 1.2 meters in length). It lives off the coast of Europe, including the Black and Azov Seas, and along the entire Atlantic coast of Africa. Fox sharks can also be found in the water column. These are three species of predators, ranging in size from 3 to 6 meters. In theory, fox sharks are considered shy and not dangerous to humans. Flying foxes also belong to foxes solely by name. These are the largest fruit bats in the world, until recently they were combined with bats. The body of a flying fox reaches a length of 40 cm, and a wingspan of one and a half meters.

 

13. The English word “fox” - “fox” has nothing to do with the familiar phrase “Fox is the 20th century film company”. “Fox” in this case is the surname of an enterprising Hungarian whose name was either Wilhelm Fuchs, or even Vilmos Fried. Having arrived in the USA, the Hungarian changed his name for the sake of euphony and founded a film company. In 1930, the company was taken away from him during a hostile takeover. Fox - Fuchs - Freed fought but lost. From him the film company remained, as the song says, only the name.

 

14. "Desert Fox" - German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who in 1940-1943 successfully commanded German troops in North Africa. However, Rommel did not use any special cunning in the command. Like all successful German military leaders of World War II, he knew how to concentrate forces on a narrow sector of the front and break through enemy defenses. When there was nothing to concentrate, "Desert Fox" abandoned troops in Africa and went to Hitler to ask for reinforcements.

 

Red foxes, piping plovers battle for survival along N.J. coast - WHYY

 

15. “Fox's tail and a wolf's mouth” - this is how some jokingly and some shaking with fear called the policy of General Mikhail Loris-Melikov in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Under Emperor Alexander II, Loris-Melikov, who became famous in the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878, was simultaneously the Minister of Internal Affairs and the head of the gendarme corps. The authority of the Ministry of Internal Affairs at that time included practically all domestic politics, from the basic sectors of the economy to the care of the weak and orphans.

 

In this post, Loris-Melikov had a "fox's tail" - he advocated the weakening of laws, the growth of public initiative, etc. Having moved to the office of the chief of the gendarmes, the general used the "wolf's mouth", not letting the revolutionaries go (in his understanding) ... The fox tail involuntarily outplayed the wolf's mouth - on March 1, 1881, Emperor Alexander II was killed, and one of the captured terrorists said that their leader had been arrested before the assassination attempt, but Loris-Melikov's charges did not receive any evidence from him about the impending assassination attempt.

 

16. Foxes are firmly included in the mythology of dozens of peoples, and their influence on a person can be exactly the opposite, regardless of the place of residence of the peoples. Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese compete in the degree of fear experienced by foxes. The transformation of an animal into a seductive woman with the subsequent torture of the victim through pleasures is not yet the most terrible outcome that lies in wait for a Far Eastern man. Kitsune (in Japanese "fox") spread the life of those to whom they came in the form of a beauty, to smithereens - they ruin merchants or drive rulers into disgrace. It is difficult to imagine what they did in medieval Japan with the men to whom Kitsune appeared in the form of a handsome young guy.

 

At the same time, in India, the North American Indians and a number of European peoples, the fox symbolizes prosperity, good luck or wealth. Christians already at an early stage identified the fox as Satan's accomplices - beautiful, wagging its tail, and even wool the color of hellfire. Nevertheless, some peoples, including the Slavic, have retained a negative but complacent attitude towards the fox. “We know, the fox, about your miracles”, “And the fox is cunning, and they sell its skin”, “The fox takes care of, the cat curls up to it” - these proverbs clearly indicate that people have long imagined the nature of the red predator.

 

17. Employee of the Voronezh Zoo Tatiana Sapelnikova told a very interesting case. Zoo workers had to determine the concentration of small animals such as mice in one of the forest areas. During a routine procedure, zoo workers set traps for mice. However, the work of scientists was greatly hampered by the foxes living in the district. For several years, zoologists set up identical traps, and the number of mice caught in them determined the size of the population.

 

Fox family makes for great observation | News, Sports, Jobs - Times  Republican

 

However, over time, the tracks showed that someone was reducing the number of mice trapped in the trap by carefully removing them and eating them nearby. Zoologists realized that the fox is no longer guided by mice, but by the smell of people setting traps. After a short game of "catch me" they managed to lure the fox - the zoologists originally nicknamed him Ginger - into a kind of aviary. The fox was absolutely not worried about bondage. When the scientists managed to carry out the necessary experiment with mice, Ryzhik was released. He did not run far, and even two chanterelles appeared nearby. They themselves did not figure out how to find the mice and take them out of the traps, but they unmistakably appreciated the extraordinary abilities of the future groom.


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People became closely acquainted with koalas only 200 years ago. Still, during this time, the cute eared creature managed to become the most famous Australian animal, eclipsing even the kangaroo and one of the most famous animals worldwide. Everyone, at least once, was touched by this creature that looked like a tiny bear cub with cute ears and a curious look.

 

What are some interesting facts about koalas?

 

In nature, koalas live only in Australia, and in zoos, where they take root well, they are real stars not only because of their appearance but also because of their elegant and, at the same time, leisurely manner of moving. If there are koalas in the zoo, you can predict with a high degree of probability that the most significant number of visitors, tiny ones, will be near their enclosure. The appearance of koalas is deceptive: an angry animal in a rage can attack a person. Let's try to state a few more facts about these fascinating animals.

 

15. Europeans first met koalas in 1798. 

One of the employees of the governor of the colony of New South Wales, John Price, reported that in the Blue Mountains (they are located in the extreme southeast of Australia) an animal similar to a wombat lives. Still, it does not live in holes but on trees. After four years, the koala remains were discovered, and in July 1803, the Sydney Gazette printed a description of a recently caught live specimen. Surprisingly, koalas were not seen by members of the expedition of James Cook in 1770. Cook's voyages were extensive, but the solitary lifestyle of koalas prevented them from making a discovery. 

 

14. Koalas are not bears, although they are very similar. 

Not only does the appearance of a funny animal contributes to the confusion. The first British settlers in Australia called the animal "Koala bear" - "Koala Bear." For former convicts and people from the lower classes of British society at the end of the 18th century, it was difficult to expect ordinary literacy, let alone biological. Yes, and scientists reached an agreement on the belonging of the koala to the class of marsupials only at the beginning of the next century. Of course, in everyday life, the combination “Koala Bear” will be understandable to most people. 

 

13. Koala is a particular species in terms of biological classification. 

The closest relatives of the inhabitants of the eucalyptus forests are wombats, but they are both in terms of lifestyle and biologically very distant from the koala.

 

12. Except for nature reserves and zoos, koalas live only in Australia and only on its east coast and adjacent islands. 

The example of the koala clearly shows that the negative experience of settling animal species on the continent does not teach Australians at all. Having burned themselves on ostriches, rabbits, and even cats in the 20th century, they enthusiastically undertook to resettle koalas. Not only restored the deforested population of these marsupials in the state of South Australia. The koalas have been relocated to the Yanchep National Park and several islands off the northeast coast of the country. The geography of the settlement of koalas has expanded to 1,000,000 km2, but one can only hope that the slowness and good nature of koalas will help avoid the following environmental problems. Although on Kangaroo Island, where koalas were forcibly brought, their number reached 30,000, which exceeded the food supply. The proposal to shoot 2/3 of the population was rejected as damaging the country's image. 

 

11. The maximum body length is 85 cm, the maximum weight is 55 kg. 

The cost differs depending on the habitat - its color varies from silver in the north to dark brown in the south. This gradation suggests that two different subspecies live in the north and south, but this assumption has not yet been proven.

 

10. The diet of koalas is unique

Not only does it consist exclusively of plant foods. Vegetation is slowly and poorly digested, forcing the animal to devote most of the day to feeding. The diet of koalas consists only of eucalyptus leaves, which are poisonous to all other animals. They contain terpene and phenolic compounds, and young shoots are also rich in hydrocyanic acid. It is surprising how koalas absorb such a hellish mixture of tens of kilograms (500 g - 1 kg per day) without harming their health. After genetic research, it turned out that in the genome of these animals, there are particular genes responsible for the breakdown of poisons. The same studies showed that the tongue of koalas has unique taste buds that allow you to instantly assess the moisture content of a eucalyptus leaf - a fundamental property of its absorption. In fact, by lightly licking the leaf, the koala already knows if it is edible. And yet, even with such unique abilities, the koala spends at least 20 hours a day on food and the subsequent digestion of food in a dream.

 

9. The fact that a koala sleeps a lot and can sit on the same tree for days does not mean that the motor abilities of this animal are limited. 

Koalas just have almost nowhere to rush. In nature, Dingoes are their enemies, but for an attack, the marsupial needs to get out into the open, and the dog gets close - a koala can quickly accelerate up to 50 km / h at short distances. During the mating season, males can arrange a bloody duel in which they will demonstrate sharpness and speed of reaction; in this case, it is better not to fall under the arm, or rather, under the long sharp claws. Also, koalas are very clever at jumping from tree to tree and even know how to swim. Their ability to climb trunks and branches and even hang on one paw for a long time has long been the hallmark of these cute animals.

 

8. Koala parasites are much more dangerous than external enemies. 

Many young male koalas die in fights with more experienced individuals or due to falls from trees (and they happen - a large amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull is often explained by the need to soften the concussion from a fall from a height). Many koalas suffer from pathogens that cause conjunctivitis, cystitis, sinusitis, and other diseases. Even with a slight long-term decrease in temperature, koalas can get pneumonia caused by a runny nose. Koalas even have their analog of AIDS, the Koala Immunodeficiency Virus. 

 

7. The brain's weight is only 0.2% of the total weight of koalas. 

Excavations, and the current size of their skulls, show that the brains of the ancestors of these animals were much larger. However, with the simplification of the diet and the disappearance of enemies, its size became excessive. Now about half of the internal volume of the koala's skull is occupied by cerebrospinal fluid. 

 

6. Koalas breed at about the same pace as they live. 

Sexual maturity occurs in the third year of their life, lasting only 12-13 years. At the same time, females mate once every 1 - 2 years, exceptionally rarely bearing two cubs, usually one. Males call them with sharp-smelling secretions of glands and characteristic cries. Pregnancy lasts a little more than a month; the cub is born very small (weighing a little more than 5 grams) and sits in the mother's bag for the first six months. He also does not come off his mother for the next six months but already outside the bag, clinging to the fur. At the age of one year, babies finally become independent. At the same time, females look for their territory, and males can live with their mothers for a couple more years.

 

5. Male koalas have unique vocal cords that allow them to make loud sounds of different tones. 

Like humans, the voice develops with age. Young males, frightened or injured, make cries similar to the cries of human babies. The call of a mature male has a lower timbre and is more informative. Scientists believe that the screams of a koala can frighten competitors and attract females. Moreover, the tone of the cry contains information (often exaggerated) about the size of the individual. 

 

4. Koalas survived their genocide. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, they were shot by the millions; the beautiful thick fur was so valued. Hunting was banned in 1927, but the population never recovered. Later, several koala parks and even a particular hospital were organized in Australia. However, due to climate fluctuations, human deforestation, and wildfires, the koala population is constantly declining. 

 

3. Private ownership of koalas is illegal worldwide, although there may be some kind of underground trade - the forbidden fruit is always sweet.

 But to see these marsupials, it is not necessary to fly to Australia - there are koalas in many zoos around the world. They live longer in captivity than in the wild with proper nutrition and care and can live up to 20 years. At the same time, despite their low level of intelligence, they show a touching affection for the staff, having fun or being capricious like small children. 

 

2. By the end of the 20th century, the koala surpassed the kangaroo as the animal symbol of Australia. 

In 1975, a survey conducted among tourists entering the continent from Europe and Japan showed that 75% of the guests would first like to see koalas. The income from visits to parks and reserves with koalas was then estimated at $ 1 billion. The image of the koala is widely used in the advertising industry, show business, and logos around the world. Koalas are characters in many films, television shows, cartoons, and computer games. 

 

1. Australia has an exceptional Wildlife Rescue Service.

 From time to time, its employees have to rescue animals in dangerous or incidental situations. On July 19, 2018, the service crew went to the electrical substation "Happy Valley" of SA Power Networks in South Australia. The koala was stuck in an aluminum fence that he could have crawled under. Rescuers quickly released the animal, which behaved remarkably calmly. This calmness was explained simply - the unlucky marsupial had already dealt with people. On his paw was a tag saying that the koala had already been rescued once after being hit by a car.

 

Which animal is lazier, a koala or a panda?

The sloth shares the first place among the laziest creatures with the koala. The time of wakefulness of this marsupial animal does not exceed two hours a day, while their sleep can last from eighteen to twenty-two hours. During it, a koala can pick eucalyptus leaves from trees and eat while half asleep.

 

Panda belongs to the bear family. But its main difference is that it does not fall into hibernation, but it can sleep up to fifteen hours a day. This huge animal, the rest of the time, is engaged in the extraction and eating of food. Since all representatives are in enclosures due to the threat of extinction of the species, they do not have to get food on their own, so the wakefulness time has decreased significantly.

 

So, of course, a koala is much lazier than a panda.

 

 

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Reddit. Anyone who follows the news closely will certainly come across numerous references to Reddit - a real giant that is rapidly gaining popularity from year to year. But, unlike Facebook, the immigration of population did not happen there. For most users, the social news site remains a mystery - a kind of overseas wonder of the world that the mind cannot understand. And there are several reasons for this.

 

Reddit is a social news site that was once created to make it easy to find and share links to news, articles, and just interesting content. But over time, the portal grew, destroying the popular Digg, and now it is, in fact, a platform for conversations, that is, a forum, an image board, and so on. Links and their discussions remain an important part of the platform, but only a part. Increasingly, people come here to communicate, having escaped from sinking forums and dead sites.

 

Due to the huge popularity of the portal, many users use it to draw attention to a particular issue, or, more often, a site. Many sites have experienced the so-called “Slashdot effect”, when one link to Reddit (sometimes even just in the comments) leads to an overload of the site’s servers due to the influx of visitors.

 

Reddit may once have seemed like a strange alternative to popular social networks where anonymity continues to be valued and where people are addressed by nicknames rather than names, but now it has become the standard platform for both just chatting and connecting with fans. AMAs (Ask Me Anything) are constantly held here, when a star (yes, anyone in general) answers questions in the comments for an hour. This only emphasizes the influence of the site and its role in the modern world.

 

Reddit is the fastest growing site on the internet. This is a website where anyone can hyperlink to interesting content from all over the internet. If you've never visited Reddit, chances are you won't like it for the first time. The design is inspired by the early days of the web with small fonts that can easily distract a new user. But looks are deceiving. This is evidenced by the extensive statistics of Reddit. Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts.

 

 

 

1. It hosts 6 million daily users and internet marketers, promoters, spammers, creators are fighting to get this total user share pie for free. But no one succeeds because of their community-driven and heavily moderated structure. Only really popular content is promoted on Reddit.

 

2. The secret behind Reddit's popularity is the anonymity of users and the insignificance of user accounts. You click on any user profile and you will be redirected to a page that shows their submissions, comments, etc. along with a link and comment karma. No, selfies with fake facial expressions, without focusing on yourself and copying text about yourself. This is the real power of Reddit. It is focused on content, not users.

 

3. Digg was the successor to Reddit and was a pioneer of news voting sites. Both websites were on par in 2010, but Reddit's nuclear growth since 2010 has propelled it into the top 50 websites on Earth, in just 5 years.

 

4. In addition, its anonymity allows the user to speak their mind and go beyond creating or presenting content without thinking about what others will think. Check out a screenshot of the most popular post in Reddit history.

 

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Registration on the site is instant. No personal information is required, just like a phone number. In this sense, the site continues to follow the precepts of the old Internet, and this is very good.

 

At the moment, Reddit is going through perhaps the most difficult period in its history - the transition to a new design. We all know how painful this process is for sites with an attached audience. Reddit is no exception - it's been in the process of being updated for a long time now, and as is often the case, the redesign didn't get users excited. The new version, currently in beta and optional, strips the portal of its archaic charm and adds more modern elements. Beginners will most likely want to use the newer version, which is much more logical. Everyone else rightly points out a lot of new problems. For example, the redesign significantly reduces the ability to customize subreddits, making them more unified.

 

The entire site is divided into subreddits - interest groups or just communities united by an idea. Initially, there was supposed to be one main "reddit", but the idea did not catch on, although the site still has default reddits, to which all newcomers are subscribed. The /r/popular subreddit includes the most important entries of all groups, excluding some controversial subreddits, such as those dedicated to Donald Trump. /r/all is the sitewide popularity feed without any filter. The user is free to choose what interests him - in this sense, you can draw an analogy with YouTube and its channels. Or with LJ and band news feed. In general, everything is very simple, albeit unusual.

 

Any site like Reddit at first seems like a dump of content that is impossible to sort through. In fact, it is possible, but Reddit itself will hardly help you with this. Finding content here is not very easy - as well as the subreddits that interest you. Among experienced users, it has long been customary to joke about how bad site search is, and the anecdote is not without truth. Therefore, even if the search is possible, I most often use search engines for this task - or rather, Google, which indexes the site very quickly. All other search engines, including the growing DuckDuckGo, are experiencing some difficulty in finding fresh entries.

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5. Anyone who visits Reddit regularly can easily answer it. Nearly 40% of Reddit's top stories are images from the image-sharing site imgur.com. Imgur gets almost 30% of its website visitors through Reddit.

 

6. In fact, Reddit does not allow users to upload images to their server. Imgur founder Alan Schaaf saw this as a great opportunity and created imgur. When he launched Imgur, he posted an ad on Reddit for his new product.

 

7. The total amount of funds spent by the founders of Reddit on its advertising since its inception is only 500 US dollars, and this is also for stickers.

 

8. Reddit's founders received $12,000 in initial funding to launch the idea, of which they only spent $500 on their website's promotional activities as well as stickers.

 

9. In a post written by Alexis Ohanion about Fast Company, he stated that it was the most sound investment he had ever made. 

 

10. The Reddit Snoo mascot was there before the site even went live.

 

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Many Reddit users have been silently consuming content for years, with no desire to add anything of their own. However, most often you will want to insert your word. To do this, in each subreddit there is an opportunity to add your entry, share a link or photo.

 

Unlike forums, on Reddit, the relevance of a post is determined by its rating. This is, in fact, a system of likes, but, like in YouTube, entries can be both “plus” and “minus”. This is called upvoting and downvoting. If your entry gets a good upvote ratio, the system considers it worthy of attention. So from the “new” section, the record crawls into “hot” and “best”. If you posted something really interesting or original, then, depending on the number of subreddit subscribers, it can even crawl out to the main page of the site - and there you are already guaranteed endless "karma" and the attention of millions of visitors.

 

It is impossible to find a formula that would guarantee a 100% “hit”. For a recording to work, a perfect set of circumstances is required: the relevance of the recording, the right time, the urgency, and so on. Of course, there are various tricks that can only be learned over time. Even really great content can get lost in the garbage stream. It often happens that your picture passes the attention of the masses, but when someone posts it again in a couple of days, it will immediately fly up to the main site. Try to figure it out.

 

"Karma" (that is, the counter of upvotes, or likes) is calculated in the user's profile. There is no sense in it, but attention to your own record is always nice. The owners of great karma consider themselves, if not the elite, then very respected people. It is reminiscent of Google Questions and Answers (if you remember such a service), where the most erudite experts liked to brag about their achievements.

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11. In an interview with the website, Alexis Ohanion revealed that he started working on the logo even before it was clear how the site would work. He would sketch in his marketing class or whenever he had free time.

 

12.  In the early days, the founders of Reddit made a lot of fake accounts to make the site look active.

 

13. In a video for an online educational website, Steve Huffman explained that in the early days of Reddit, he and Alexis created hundreds of fake accounts to make the site more active because no one else was submitting any content to the site at the time. and there was a lot of empty space that didn't look very pretty.

 

14. Reddit launched the commenting system six months after it first launched.

 

15. It's good that in just six months, Steve and Alexis realized that without comments, this community could not survive.

 

16. A graduate student analyzed the top 850,000 Reddit posts to find how to create successful posts.

 

17. Randy Olson, a computer science graduate student at Michigan State University, posted a blog post on how to create a successful Reddit post. His advice was backed up by his analysis of 850,000 top Reddit posts out of the 4,200 most active subreddits.

 

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The popularity of the site and the activity of its audience attract the attention of companies that are trying to advertise themselves in a less obvious way. Reddit is a great place to draw attention to your site or even your product, but obvious self-promotion will be easily figured out by moderators (read Reddit and business below). But if you're an artist who wants to raise their profile, a writer who's written something interesting, or a startup with an interesting idea, then Reddit can be the perfect tool for your own promotion. The main thing is to choose the right subreddit. Do not forget to read the rules - each subreddit has its own rules, and non-compliance with them leads to the removal of the post or even the ban of the user.

 

If your comment receives a large number of dislikes, it will be hidden from other users, although it can still be seen if desired. Often the "reputation" that looms from this ranking affects how often you can post. Subreddits can put a limit on the number of posts per minute, and this can seriously limit your ability to take an active part in the life of the subreddit.

 

Upvotes and downvotes, despite some controversy in their implementation, are very important for maintaining order. If social networks like Twitter or VKontakte almost always rage with chaos, with obscenities, swearing and spam, then “karma” on Reddit allows you to hide bad comments and raise quality ones. Thanks to this system, the discussions on the site look like a smart dialogue, and not like a kindergarten, which is most often seen on other popular Internet sites.

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18. His post includes tips like when is the best time to post, what to write, what heading to use and many other great tips, you should check out his post. 

 

19. The first post on Reddit appeared 13 years ago and was called The Downing Street Memo. You can still find it at the following link. At first, most of the content on the site was written by the creators of the resource themselves - they created a lot of fake accounts from which they filled the site with interesting links and news, thereby creating the appearance of an active resource.

 

20. Comments first appeared on the site in December 2005, and sections (subreddits) only in March 2008. 

 

21. At the same time, the latter were met with hostility - the users of the site did not understand what the need for such “segregation” was, because the population of the resource at that time was very modest, and the need to scroll through all the subreddits in search of new news then seemed strange.

 

22. From the moment of his birth until about 2010. Reddit actively competed with Digg, which is extremely similar in design and purpose. Reddit was born just a few months later, but Digg was much more popular at the time.

 

23. Everything changed dramatically in August 2010, when the creators of Digg ruined their project with a bad design update. Users of the resource were furious and for a whole month the main page was filled with messages with complaints, requests to return the old version of the site, as well as links to Reddit - annoyed people urged everyone to change the platform, leaving for competitors.

 

 

24. Over the next year, the popularity of Reddit skyrocketed, while Digg fell. At the same time, at first, as many as 20% of Reddit's monthly traffic was from Digg.

 

25. Theoretically, any Reddit user should strive for the same thing - to have their post appear on the front page. But is it possible to achieve this result by following some magical "formula for success"? As it turned out - it is possible.

 

26. In this universal formula, there will be several factors that you will need to consider: this is the time and day of the week when you will publish the post; brightness or scandalous content; correct title wording. There is also the possibility of buying votes - there are corresponding resources that sell them for real currency.

 

27. But any Redditor will tell you that the most effective (albeit cynical) way to earn votes that will eventually lead you to the main page of the resource is to steal someone else's content. The usual repost of someone else's post, which has already appeared on this resource before, will lead you to success much faster than any original content.

 

28. In 2013, a study was made, the results of which showed shocking statistics: over a 17-day period, more than 52% of the materials that reached the main page had already appeared on the forum before. Moreover, in the same 17-day period of time indicated in the study, and not several years before.

 

 

29. If you use the Google Ngram Viewer resource, you can see how often a particular word was used in world literature centuries before you were born. Thanks to him, we can note with surprise for ourselves that the word Reddit already existed, and its use has been declining since the 1700s.

 

30. This strange fact is connected with the existence of the Latin word REDDO, which means "give back", "return" or "restore". At the same time, in the REDDIT form, this word means “it returned”, and REDDITOR means “the one who returns”. Thus, all users of the Reddit resource who call themselves "redditors" literally turn into reposters and people who steal other people's content.

 

31. Thanks to the collective power of this resource, Reddit has saved its users more than once. 

 

32. One of the most striking cases can be called an incident that occurred 3 years ago, when a user under the nickname RBradbury1920 reported mysterious yellow reminder stickers that appeared in his apartment. He was sure that he did not stick them on, and suspected that this was some kind of bad joke on the part of the owner of this apartment (he rented it).

 

33. However, these pieces of paper contained information that was known only to RBradbury1920, which further confused this strange mystical case. A Reddit user decided to turn to his favorite forum for advice - should you call the police or just call the landlord for a serious conversation?

 

 

34. He advised the topic starter to buy an inexpensive CO tester that could confirm this hypothesis. And indeed, that was the problem. The tester showed an off-scale concentration of this gas, which in such cases can lead to various problems with the brain, as well as memory loss. 

 

35. Subsequently, RBradbury1920 unsubscribed that throughout the whole year he visited various medical specialists in order to regain his lost health. And only after a long course of treatment, his body returned to normal.

 

36. In August 2015, Roskomnadzor added Reddit to the register of banned sites. The reason for the blocking was a request to remove one of the pages of the resource from the Gosnarkokontrol. It contained instructions for growing mushrooms containing narcotic substances. After a call from the administration of the resource to the department, a day later, the resource was unblocked. 

 

37. Reddit has restricted access on the territory of the Russian Federation to prohibited information.

 

38. The post, which drew the attention of the State Drug Control Service, was posted by one of the Russian-speaking users with the nickname rsocfan intentionally and specifically “for the RKN”. It was a provocation to block a popular resource.

 

39. However, another user with the nickname Kakkerlak offered an alternative explanation for what happened - he clung to a small detail in the description of the RBradbury1920 apartment. He talked about an unusual tiny bedroom, devoid of any windows. Kakkerlak suggested that it could be due to severe carbon monoxide (carbon monoxide) poisoning that RBradbury1920 was exposed to due to poor ventilation in his bed.

 

 

40. And finally, a fresh interesting event. Reddit users (by the way, 53% of whom are from the United States) made popular the YouTube channel of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev, which almost no one watched. The video of the astronaut got on Reddit and after 5 days scored 84k pluses. “This is a Russian cosmonaut named Oleg who posts videos from the International Space Station on his channel. His new video from space, posted five hours ago, has only 17 views. It captures the flight through the entire station,” wrote the user.

 

41. Reddit ads are often forgotten in the paid social world, in part because other systems seem to have more impressive targeting capabilities or are talked about more. For some advertisers, this can bring bad luck.

 

42. Reddit gets over 21 billion screen views per month and the platform is used by 6% of adults online. Over 70% speak English, and a significant proportion are from the US.

 

43. Although Reddit has an extremely diverse audience, a sizable segment of users have high sales revenue of $75,000 or more per year.

 

44. There are two types of ads on Reddit that marketers can use to their advantage.

 

 

45. The second type of ad will appear in feeds. They will look like posts, except for the blue "Promoted" tag at the top. When users click on these ads, they are taken directly to the landing page of your choice, not to the talk page.

 

46. ​​Reddit is demographic and geo-targeted, like all your standard paid social platforms you know and love, where you can target by age, gender, location, and interests.

 

49. There are over 2.2 million different subreddits, ranging from broad ones (like "finance") to much more niche ones ("vegan beauty").

 

50. Some ad platforms have high minimum ad spends, resulting in a high entry threshold for companies that want to try out new platforms or that have a low budget.

 

 

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On Valentine's Day, most people's thoughts are focused on romance, love objects and gifts. But it is always useful to abstract a little from the amorous euphoria and learn something new and unfamiliar about Valentine's Day. Therefore, on February 14, Bemorepanda offers the top 100 most interesting facts about this holiday.


1. It is customary to celebrate Valentine's Day all over the world on 14 February.

2. This holiday was named in honor of the Martyr Valentine.

3. During the reign of the Roman emperor, Claudius was the priest Valentine.

4. Since 1777, this day has been widely celebrated in the United States.

5. Since the 13th century, this day has been widely celebrated in Western Europe.

6. This holiday is secular in Russia.

7. On Valentine's Day, more than 50 million roses are sold worldwide.

8. On this day, more than 9 million people in the world buy gifts for their pets.

9. Sweets and chocolates are considered the most popular gifts on this day.

10. February 14 became a men's holiday in Japan.


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11. In Saudi Arabia and Iran, it is forbidden to celebrate this holiday.

12. The tradition of celebrating this holiday originates from middle England.

13. Postcards are the second most popular after Christmas cards.

14.On February 14, 1929, Al Capone's rival enemies were shot.

15. Women spend on gifts this day half as much as men.

16. Condom sales are high on this day.

17. Duke Charles of Orleans created the first Valentine in 1415.

18. Pigeons are officially considered a symbol of Valentine's Day.

19. Computer Engineer's Day is also celebrated on February 14th.

20. Sales of contraceptives increase by 25% on this day.


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21. 2001 was the record for the highest number of marriages.

22. The Day of Mental Health is celebrated by the Germans on this day.

23. More than 75% of suicides on this day are attributed to unhappy love.

24. Once upon a time, lovers exchanged postcards decorated with gold on this day.

25. This day is called sweet in Italy.

26. On February 14, Finland celebrates Women's Day.

27. In France, for the first time, a tradition arose to give poetry on this day.

28. In England, gifts are also given to pets on this day.

29. Handmade gifts are especially appreciated on this day.

30. On February 14 Pope Gelasius declared Valentine's Day around 498 BC.


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31. More than 53% of women abandon their men if they come to them without gifts.

32. Richard Cadbury in 1868 presented the first box of chocolate on this day.

33. On this holiday 15% of women give flowers to themselves.

34. About 1 billion cards are sent on this day every year.

35.85% of all valentines are bought by women.

36.39% of all sweets are received by children on this day.

37. In Japan it is customary to give sweets, linen and jewelry on this day.

38. The sale of pregnancy tests in pharmacies is increasing on this day.

39. Flowers presented on this day have different meanings.

40. This day was called "Bird's wedding" in the Middle Ages.


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41. In 2011, the world's largest chocolate bar was made in Switzerland, designed specifically for this holiday.

42. The first Valentine's card in the world is kept in the British Museum.

43. In Germany, it is customary to plant onions in a pot on this day with the written name of a loved one. 44. Italian navigator James Cook died in Hawaii in 1779.

45. USA got Texas on this day in 1848.

46.3 Oregon became the 33rd US state in 1859.

47. A third of the seats in the local Diet were won by Ukrainians in the elections in Galicia in 1914.

48. Soviet Russia in 1918 switched to the Gregorian calendar.

49. One of the first computers in 1946 was presented on this day.

50. The XX Congress of the CPSU opened in Moscow in 1956.


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51. Into this day, rock and roll music was banned in Iran in 1958.

52. The automatic station "Luna-20" was launched to the Moon in 1972.

53. In Dublin in 1981, 48 people died on this day in a fire.

54. Elton John married Renate Blauel on this day in 1984.

55. The “Declaration on the Principles of Cooperation” was adopted in Minsk in 1992.

56. Russia and Ukraine established diplomatic relations in 1992.

57. The Fundamentals of Ukrainian Legislation on Culture were approved on 14 February 1992.

58. In 1993 Hungary, Poland and Ukraine signed an agreement on cooperation between peoples.

59. On this day in 1998, the wedding of movie star Sharon Stone and the editor of the San Francisco Examiner newspaper Phil Bronstein took place.

60. Dolly the cloned sheep died in 2003.


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61. In 2004, 28 people were killed in the Moscow Transvaal Park.

62. Unmarried English girls take this holiday very seriously and responsibly.

63. Annually, about 1000 cards are sent to Juliet.

64. The oldest love poem was written in 3500 BC.

65. The favorite flower of the Goddess of Love was a red rose.

66. Wooden spoons with hearts are customary to give on February 14 in Wales.

67. Traditionally in America, pilgrims sent a variety of sweets as gifts.

68. Two times less money than men spend on gifts for women.

69. The month of pregnancy tests is the month of March.

70. Flower shops earn colossal sums on this day.


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71. Heart-shaped candies were the first gifts on this day.

72. Saint Valentine was the patron saint of the mentally ill.

73. In the 15th century, the first valentines appeared in France.

74. The Roman God of love Cupid is the symbol of this holiday.

75. Since the beginning of the 90s of the last century, this holiday has been celebrated on the territory of Russia.

76. It is customary to give hearts from any materials on this day.

77. In England, February 14 is considered the beginning of the mating season for birds.

78. Once upon a time in the United States, one holiday card cost as much as $ 10.

79. Germans decorate psychiatric hospitals with bright ribbons on this day.

80. It is customary to give jewelry on this day in France.


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81. Poles on this day visit the relics of St. Valentine.

82. It is customary to give dried white flowers on this day in Denmark.

83. Since the 13th century, this holiday has been celebrated in Western Europe.

84.Since the 1930s, this holiday has been celebrated in Japan.

85. All females are given hearts in Finland.

86. Diamonds are considered the best gift for February 14th.

87. Only 75% of men buy flowers on this day.

88. The origin of this holiday is based on the legend of Saint Valentine.

89. On this day, the feast of fertility was once celebrated.

90. Passionate Spaniards send love letters on this day with carrier pigeons.


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91. 6 days before the holiday 50% of all valentines are bought.

92. Valentine is the second most popular among all gifts.

93. A large number of wedding ceremonies take place on this day.

94. Durex is increasing its sales by 30% that day.

95. The symbol of Valentine's Day is a red heart.

96. About 189 million roses are sold in America on this day.

97. After Christmas, this holiday has the second largest number of cards sold.

98. In Mexico City in 2010, the record was set for the most massive kiss in the world.

99. The first time in 1936 the Japanese got acquainted with this holiday.

100. In the Middle Ages, doves were often depicted on valentines.

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Japan is an ancient country, with an extremely interesting history and traditions. Japan is also very closed to foreigners, which is why so many tourists are interested in these isolated islands. The modern Japanese way of life and culture are quite different from the USA and Europe. Read on for interesting things about Japan that you probably didn't know.


There are no people in Japan to collect garbage. The streets of Japan are extremely clean, even in Tokyo, which is the capital and a massive megalopolis, all the streets are clean and have no garbage. But how is this possible without garbage? It all comes down to their mentality. The Japanese rarely leave garbage on the streets. Also, volunteers, both young and old, clean the streets simply because they want to live in a clean city. If an employer sees that you have previously worked as a volunteer street cleaner, you will be seen as a responsible person and will probably hire you much faster.


In Japan, 98.5% of the population is Japanese. Today's world is becoming more and more international due to the mixing of cultures. But this is not the case in Japan, because of the extremely difficult visas and cultural mentality, it is a challenge for migrants to stay in Japan. On the one hand, it protects this unique and ancient culture with ancient traditions, but, on the other hand, it is closed to the outside world and migrants.


25% of Japan's population is over 65 years old. Japan is now facing terrible demographic problems. Because it is so difficult to afford the needs of children, such as schools, medicine, extracurricular activities, many Japanese simply do not have children. It has been like this for many years, and now over 25% of the population is over 65 years old. Immigrants are the solution to this problem, they do not like to integrate and want to have children.


In Japan you are allowed to sleep at work. You've probably heard about how long the days of service in Japan are. Officially, the schedule is 8 hours a day as in most parts of the world, but due to their mentality, any employee wants to stay over the schedule to show that he is willing to work. In Japan, if you sleep during the work day, it is a sign that you work extremely hard. Even if Japanese companies do the same job as Americans or Europeans, workers postpone their work until evening to stay at work and show a desire to work.


1.Giving everyone a change


2.Buses


3.Opera


4.Rice paddy


5.Tree in Japan


6.Telephone of the wind


7.Semi-transparent umbrellas


8.Just 2 days


9.Train seats in Japan


10.Turtle way


11.Toilets be like


12.Lumber production


13.Hospital


14.Arrange


15.Waiting at station


16.Gums


17.The oldest fish


18.Smooth train


19.Train stop


20.Bonsai tree


21.Trains in Japan


22.Private restaurant


23.Help in Japan


24.Japan under water


25.Japanese movie


26.Package from Japan


27.Relaxation drink


28.Rain storm


29.Evolution


30.Faces


31.Two friends


32.Food at hospital


33.Cleaning together


34.Cool option


35.Floating solar power plant


36.Economy class


37.Vending machine


38.Isolated village


39.KFC


40.Pets button


41.Eye drops


42.Solar arc


43.Arch bridge


44.System for bags


45.Hiroshima


46.Fish socks


47.KFC in Japan


48.Subway in Japan


49.Suit store


50.Producing woods


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The Winter Olympic Games are a worldwide competition in winter sports. Like the Summer Olympic Games, they are held under the auspices of the IOC.

 

The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924. At first, the Winter and Summer Games were held in the same year, but since 1994, they have been held every two years. To date, the program of the Winter Olympic Games has significantly expanded, the number of participants has increased, among which there are many athletes from southern countries.

 

At first, the Scandinavians were expected to dominate the White Olympics, but over time, athletes from other regions also became the favorites of the Winter Olympics.

 

Actually, winter sports were first presented at the Olympics long not only before the first Winter Games, but also before the very idea of ​​holding them.

 

Thus, with the creation in 1894 of the International Olympic Committee, among other sports, it was proposed to include skating in the future Olympic program. However, there were no "ice" disciplines in the first three Olympics. They first appeared at the 1908 Games in London: the skaters competed in 4 types of programs. In the performance of compulsory figures among men, the strongest was the Swede Ulrich Salkhov, in free skating - the Russian Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin. The women's competition was won by Madge Sayers (Great Britain), and in pair skating by the Germans Anna Hübler and Heinrich Burger.

 

Bemorepanda prepared some interesting facts about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

 

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1. The 1964 Innsbruck Games were in jeopardy due to lack of snow cover until the Austrian army brought 50,000 cubic yards of snow to the venue.

 

2. The oldest athlete to win a Winter Olympics medal is Anders Haugen. He competed in 1924, but could not get a bronze medal for 50 years due to an error in scoring.

 

3. The name "curling" comes from the word "curl" - a characteristic turn that a stone makes on ice.

 

4. American skier Mikaela Shiffrin brought 35 pairs of skis with her to the Pyeongchang 2018 Games.

 

5. The official mascot of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics was Schneemann (German for "snowman").

 

6. Yang Yang became the first ever Chinese athlete to win gold in the 500m Salt Lake City 2002 short track speed skating.

 

The program of the Summer Games in Antwerp (1920) included figure skating and ice hockey. Swedish figure skater Gillis Grafström won the men's competition, his compatriot Magda Julin-Maura won the women's, and Ludovika and Walter Jacobsson (Finland) won the pair skating. The Olympic hockey tournament, in which 7 teams participated, was won by the founders of ice hockey - Canadians.

 

Saying that the White Games No. 1 took place in 1924 in Chamonix, historians are in conflict with jurisprudence. The fact is that what happened in the French Alps 75 years ago was officially called quite differently. "Winter Sports Week dedicated to the forthcoming Games of the VIII Olympiad in Paris" - that's how long the competition was called, which in January-February of 24th year brought together 293 athletes from 16 countries. However, documents testify, they could easily not get together. At least there were several reasons for this.

 

Firstly, Chamonix himself, almost until the last moment, could not decide whether he was accepting sports with such a dubious status or not. Here is an excerpt from a letter from Pierre de Coubertin to his friend and colleague Henri de Balle-Latour (who later became the third president of the IOC): “They (meaning the city hall) say that Chamonix will be quite ready for the arrival of the athletes, but their smiles are so forced, and the arguments are so flimsy that I don't believe them. I have the impression that these people are just laughing at us.”

 

 

7. Debi Thomas became the first black athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, taking bronze in Calgary 1988 figure skating.

 

8. The only country to have won gold in every Winter Olympics is the United States of America.

 

9. American hockey player Jacqueline Lamoreaux became the fastest scorer of two goals at the Winter Olympics - in Pyeongchang 2018, her scoring shots were separated by only six seconds.

 

10. The name of the Beijing 2022 Olympic torch is “Flying” (“fei yang”, Chinese).

 

11. The founder of the Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin, died in 1937 and was buried in Lausanne, but his heart, in accordance with his will, was buried in a memorial on the ruins of ancient Olympia.

 

12. More than 24 million people watched the famous Bolero figure skating program of the British figure skating pair Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean in 1984.

 

Another serious difficulty was the opposition from the Scandinavian countries, who considered winter sports to be their reserved fiefdom. The Scandinavians, who had been cultivating skis and skates since the middle of the 19th century, held their own Northern Games and believed that nothing better could be done. The presidents of the International Skating Union and the International Athletic Federation were also not on the side of the IOC. True, the motives of the opponents were different. The Swedes, Norwegians and Finns believed that their favorite sports disciplines had nothing to do at the Olympiads at all. Why organize the Winter Games, if in Ancient Greece no one ever competed in either skating or skiing? How can winter sports be called Olympic in this case? The leaders of sports unions, for their part, believed that the Winter Olympics were not so much a sports competition as an advertisement for the ski resorts where these Olympics should be held.

 

But there were still alpine countries where alpine skiing was cultivated (it is no coincidence that in the English version they are called alp ski) and bobsleigh, and which also did not burn with the desire to delegate their “hobbies” to Olympus.

 

Coubertin showed the greatest energy in pushing through the idea of ​​the White Olympiads. During 1921 and 1922 the great Frenchman showed his brilliant diplomatic talent. First, he achieved the creation of a commission for the organization of the Winter Games, which included representatives from Sweden, France, Norway, Switzerland and Canada, and then (despite the complete lack of unanimity in the said commission) insisted on organizing the Winter Sports Week in 1924 as a means of propaganda upcoming Summer Olympics. According to Coubertin, it was supposed to be a kind of demonstration tournament in non-Olympic sports. In order for his program to be sufficiently complete, hockey and figure skating were removed from the Olympic program of the Paris Olympics.

 

After long hesitation and endless negotiations, athletes from 16 countries came to Chamonix. Germany, as the instigator of the First World War, was not invited, although its military allies Austria and Hungary sent their teams to France (the Austrians won three medals).

 

 

13. Fin Kalle Jalkanen won the 1936 cross-country skiing relay despite lifting dentures he accidentally spat into the snow.

 

14. The Beijing 2022 skeleton track has a 180-degree turn for the first time in the history of the Winter Olympics.

 

15. Until 1992, the Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games were held in the same year.

 

16. To date, 12 countries have participated in all Winter Olympic Games: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

 

17. The Winter Olympic Games have never been held in the southern hemisphere of the Earth.

 

18. Five venues of the Beijing 2008 Summer Games will be reused for Beijing 2022.

 

Opening the week, French Prime Minister Gaston Vidal, being a cunning politician, proclaimed from the podium that "the competitions are organized under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee." In addition, the Olympic flag, although not hoisted at the central stadium, was present at the bobsleigh and ski jumping competitions, as well as at the podium during the award ceremonies. It was these moments that became two years later, at the IOC session in Lisbon, became one of the decisive arguments in favor of recognizing the Games in Chamonix as the Winter Olympics.

 

And the week went according to its scenario. The program included competitions in bobsleigh, skiing (racing and ski jumping), speed skating, figure skating and hockey. Women (there were 13 in total) participated only in figure skating competitions.

 

For the organizers of the Games, the results were deplorable. Despite Coubertin's assurances that the skiing and skating competitions would attract more than 30 thousand spectators, only 10,044 people paid money for tickets (the only source of income for the organizers at that time) - a disaster for financiers. Nevertheless, in Chamonix, the IOC managed to do the main thing: public opinion positively accepted the idea of ​​the Winter Games. In May 1926, in Lisbon, it was decided to hold the II Winter Games in St. Moritz, and the Winter Sports Week was renamed the I Winter Olympics - this was the result of the difficult diplomatic mission of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, whose genius gave humanity another holiday of sports.

 

 

19. The Shogen Ski Jump, the venue for the Beijing 2022 big air competition, is 60 meters high and 164 meters long.

 

20. The youngest gold medalist in snowboarding, American Chloe Kim, was 17 years old at the time of participation in Pyeongchang 2018.

 

21. Olympic hockey pucks are made from vulcanized rubber and need to be frozen to reduce friction before every game.

 

22. Ester Ledecka became the first athlete to win two gold medals at the Winter Olympics in two sports at the same time - alpine skiing and snowboarding.

 

23. The emblem of the 2022 Games in Beijing is inspired by the Chinese character for winter.

 

24. Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore debuted at Pyeongchang 2018.

 

 

25. The world's first bobsleigh club was founded in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1897.

 

26. The word "ski" is a Norwegian word derived from the Old Norse word skid, which means a wooden stick.

 

27. The stone used in curling is made from rare, dense granite, which is mined on the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig.

 

28. Three-time Olympic champion Heikki Hasu retired from skiing in 1953 at the age of 27 to work on his farm.

 

29. The word "hockey" comes from the old French word hocquet, meaning "stick".

 

30. After the silver and gold Olympic Games Oslo 1952 and Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 Finnish skier Mirja Hietamies worked as a bus driver.

 

 

31. Famed British skier Michael Edwards (“Eddie the Eagle”) was a torchbearer in the Vancouver 2010 torch relay.

 

32. A total of 258 athletes from 16 countries competed at the first Games in Chamonix in 1924. The 2018 PyeongChang Games were attended by 2,925 athletes from 92 countries.

 

33. Pita Taufatofua, known as the "bare-chested Tongian", as a skier at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games, became the second athlete from the Pacific Islands in the history of the Winter Olympics. He also took part in the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

 

34. Cecilia College of Great Britain, at the age of 11, was the youngest participant in the Winter Olympics (in Lake Placid in 1932), a few days younger than her fellow British figure skater Megan Taylor.

 

35. The 1968 Games in Grenoble were the first to be broadcast in color.

 

36. Norway has won more medals at the Winter Olympics than any other country: 405 (142 gold, 141 silver and 122 bronze).

 

 

37. The lightest torch at the Winter Games was in Sapporo in 1972. He weighed 460 g.

 

38. Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics, marking the 70th anniversary of the 1956 Games. This will be the fourth time Italy has hosted the Olympic Games (winter: Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956, Turin 2006; summer: Rome 1960).

 

39. Swedish ski jumper Jan Boklev in 1985 became the first athlete to spread his skis with the letter “V” when jumping. Initially, this style was ridiculed, but by 1992 everyone began to use it.

 

40. Natalie Heisenberger of Germany, with four golds and a bronze, is the most decorated luger in Olympic history.

 

41. In honor of the Olympic champion Nagano-1998 in the ski supergiant Picabo Street, a street was named in the Sun Valley resort in Idaho. It is called Picabo's Street (Picabo Street).

 

42. At the 1960 California Winter Olympics, when officials weren't sure if a skier had missed a gate in the men's slalom, they asked CBS TV if video of the race could be viewed, leading to the invention of "instant replay."

 

 

43. The Water Cube, which hosted the water sports competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, has been transformed into an Ice Cube for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. This stadium will host curling competitions.

 

44. In the history of the Winter Olympics, no one has won more medals than Marit Bjorgen. The Norwegian skier has 15 medals: eight gold, four silver and three bronze.

 

45. At the 1952 Oslo Games, computers were first used to calculate points in figure skating, which made it possible to get instant results.

 

46. ​​The first winter Olympic torch relay was held as part of the 1964 Games in Innsbruck.

 

47. Matti Nikanen, nicknamed “The Flying Finn,” is the only ski jumper to win all three Olympic titles at the same Winter Games in Calgary in 1988.

 

48. The first Olympic mascot that was not official was Schuss, born at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.

 

 

49. At the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, New Zealander Annelise Koberger became the first representative of the Southern Hemisphere to win a medal at the Winter Olympics - silver in alpine skiing slalom.

 

50. Once upon a time, freestyle, which first appeared in the Olympic program at the 1992 Games, was called “hot dogging”.

 

51. Italian skier Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956, became the first woman to take the Olympic oath.

 

52. Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai holds the record for the most Olympic Games under his belt. He participated in eight Olympics (from Albertville 1992 to Pyeongchang 2018).

 

53. Alpine skiing competitions at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano had to be postponed several times ... due to the fact that there was too much snow!

 

 

54. The word "biathlon" comes from a Greek word meaning two competitions. Now this is the name of the sport that combines cross-country skiing and shooting.

 

55. Like 3v3 basketball at the Summer Games, 3v3 hockey was tested at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne.

 

56. Chamonix 1924 was originally called the Winter Sports Week, but then the IOC declared the competition the first ever Winter Olympic Games.

 

57. Edward Egan (USA) is the only Olympic champion in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. He won gold in the men's light heavyweight boxing at Antwerp in 1920 and fours in bobsleigh at Lake Placid in 1932.

 

58. Women in ski jumping were allowed to compete for the first time at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

 

59. The official term for curling tournaments between clubs is 'bonspiel', which is probably derived from the German word 'spiel', which means match or game.

 

 

60. Since Oslo 1952, Beijing is the first capital to host the Winter Olympics.

 

61. After a successful debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016, the monobob - a single bobsleigh - will debut in Beijing in 2022.

 

62. There will be seven new disciplines in the Beijing 2022 program, including four mixed (men plus women).

 

63. Liechtenstein is the only country to have won medals at the Winter Olympics, but not at the Summer.

 

64. At the 1960 Games, Frenchman Jean Vuarnet became the first skier to win a medal on metal skis rather than traditional wooden skis.

 

65. Richard "Dick" Button of America at the 1952 Oslo Olympics became the first figure skater to successfully complete triple jumps of any kind in competition.

 

 

66. Speed ​​skating competitions were held outdoors prior to the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

 

67. Teams from 92 countries from all over the world take part in the Olympic Games - a record value for such an event, which has not yet been met in its history.

 

68. Despite the doping scandal, Russian athletes also take part in the OAR status in the Olympics. But there are more unusual teams in these competitions, for which winter sports are unusual.

 

69. For example, the Olympics include a one-man team from East Timor, a group from Nigeria that has never competed for awards in the cold season, and even a lone athlete from Turin.

 

70. The XXIII Winter Olympics has two symbols: the tiger cub Sukhoran and the bear cub Pandabi.

 

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