Record breaking moments caught on video

Ussain Bolt has redefined ‘speed’ yet again. Today Bolt ran the 200-meter sprint in 19.19 seconds, slashing 0.11 seconds off the record he set last year. And just four days ago he broke his 100-meter sprint record by the same margin.

In celebration of Bolt’s record breaking sprints at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, I have chosen a few classic videos of record breaking moments – from record breaking runs to record breaking meatballs. To each his own!

An inspiring look at Jesse Owens’ record setting run at the 1936 Olympics. Owens ran the 100 meter dash in 10.3 seconds and earned a total of four gold medals at the ’36 Olympics.

At the 1961 National AAU Championships Frank Bud ran the 100 yard dash in a record setting 9.2 seconds.

Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Her 1950 France to England journey took 13 hours and 20 minutes. One year later she swam from England to France in 16 hours and 22 minutes.

In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first runner to break the four-minute mile barrier with his 3’59.4” mile. Since then the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.

Al Gliniecki holds 4 Guinness World Records for tying cherry stems into knots using only his tongue, including 911 stems in 1 hour.

Contestants carve a Guinness World Record setting meatball that weighs in at a beefy 72 pounds.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Thursday August 20, 2009 | Permalink »

US-built electric cars becoming a reality

President Obama signed a grant issuing $2.4 billion to fuel electric car production in the US. In addition to creating jobs in a desperate economy, I’m excited for the potential this grant has on ushering in a new wave of environmentally conscious government initiatives. Along with ‘Cash for Clunkers’, more programs like this will pave the way to cleaner, more efficient roadways.
The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car with an efficiency of 120 mpg.

The hood of an electric car stands open, revealing the engine.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Tuesday August 18, 2009 | Permalink »

A Glimpse into Woodstock 1969 Through Classic Video

The 40th Anniversary of Woodstock is a time to reflect on the event that is said to have paved the way for recent music festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Watching clips of the event shows that although the music has grown and evolved, the messages of peace, love, unity, and self expression still hold true today.

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Festival producers weren’t prepared for the 400,000 attendees that overwhelmed the small Bethel Town farm. Garbage cans overflowed and sanitation was a big concern.

Joe Cocker performs for a group of eager attendees. Individuals from all walks of life joined together for three days to celebrate peace and music.

Performer Arlo Guthrie provides his thoughts on the impact of Woodstock.

Although the majority of Bethel Town disapproved of the event, a number of residents still welcomed the rowdy crowd.

Helicopters are heard hovering over a massive group of Woodstock attendees singing collectively.

And although Woodstock is the most notorious music festival, made famous by the unexpected large crowd, traffic jams and lack of sanitation and first aid, the Monterey Pop festival of 1967 was the first large-scale American rock festival of its kind. 200,000 festival attendees saw the first major US appearances by The Who and Jimi Hendrix and performances from rising stars Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.

Some point to Monterey Pop Festival as the predecessor for Woodstock, along with today’s music festivals.

The influence Monterey Pop Festival had on music and culture is often overlooked as a result of Woodstock’s bigger than life notoriety.

The opinions included in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of Thought Equity Motion.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Tuesday August 18, 2009 | Permalink »


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