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Introducing Oslo's Death Diving Competition

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One event that you won't find at the Rio Olympics: dødsing, bellyflopping with a Norwegian twist. Dating back to the 1960s, the activity continues to be practiced in Norway today, including at the recent World Bellyflop Championship captured in the clip below.

The sport—which can be translated as "death diving"—began with kids in working-class eastern Oslo who wanted to rebel against the posh culture of the western side of the city, according to a redditor named Phunkstar who is featured in the clip. "Dødsing was a massive middle finger from the east side boys to show that they could do daring stuff as well, and much cooler," he said. And what began as doing stunts on cliffs evolved over time to events that are now regulated and judged, like the one seen below.

"It's not a bellyflop competition," aMagnu, another redditor, wrote. In fact, death divers attempt to avoid landing on their stomachs, instead tucking their bodies in at the last seconds of the fall.

"The contestants are scored based on style and how long they wait before tucking in," aMagnu said. "I'm pretty sure a full-blown bellyflop from that height (10m) is potentially very harmfull [sic]. As the name implies it's about narrowly avoiding death."

[h/t Gizmodo]

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The great Yogi Berra—a 10-time World Series champion and three-time MVP—was one of baseball's best catchers, but he's remembered just as much for his wit and wisdom as his Hall of Fame career. Here are some of the quotes attributed to Yogi (who was born on May 12, 1925), even if he didn't always say them first.

1. "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours."

2. "The future ain't what it used to be." (Yogi later clarified, saying, "I just meant that times are different. Not necessarily better or worse, just different.")

3. "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

4. "It ain't over 'til it's over."

5. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." (See Quote Investigator)

6. "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." (See Quote Investigator)

7. "We have a good time together, even when we're not together."

8. "It's déjà vu all over again." (See Quote Investigator)

9. "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

10. "I really didn't say everything I said."

11. "Then again, I might have said 'em, but you never know."

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