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- Russia, the largest country in the world, occupies one-tenth of all the land on Earth. It spans 11 time zones across two continents (Europe and Asia) and has coasts on three oceans (the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic). It is almost twice as big as Canada.
- It has the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal (1,700 m or 5,577 ft) in Siberia and it contains more water than any other lake on earth. Amazing when you compare that to Denver, the “Mile High City” at 5,280 feet. Russia has about 100,000 rivers, including some of the longest and most powerful in the world.
- The national animal is the brown bear. The most famous animal species is the Siberian tiger, the largest cat in the world that is indigenous to the forests of eastern Russia.
- Greater Sochi has a population of 400,000 and stretches 90 miles along the Black Sea, making it the second longest city in the world behind only Mexico City.
- Sochi is on the same latitude with Toronto, Nice and the Gobi Desert.
- Sochi is a resort town that is known as the Russian Riviera. Sochi’s climate is subtropical, making it the warmest city to host an Olympic Winter Games and temperatures hover around 50 degrees in the winter. Sochi has been stockpiling snow and a Michigan-based company designed and operates the snow-making system called the Super Pole Cat. This fully automated fan, pump and water-spraying unit up on a pole towers over the mountainside.
- The outdoor alpine events will be held in the northern Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the area averages 5 degrees in the winter. The town of Krasnaya Polyana (in the Caucasus Mountains) will host the events requiring snow. It is located 40 km away from Sochi.
- Twelve winter sports events will be making their Olympic debuts in Sochi, making the 2014 Games the biggest in history. The new events include a figure skating team event, women’s ski jumping, mixed relay biathlon, ski halfpipe (men’s and women’s), team relay luge, ski slope style (men’s and women’s), snowboard slope style (men’s and women’s), and snowboard parallel slalom (men’s and women’s). That makes for a total of 98 events in 15 winter sports (versus 86 events in Vancouver).
- There are three mascots for these Olympics, as voted by the Russian people: a polar bear, hare, and leopard.
- There will be 6,000 athletes from 85 countries (plus 1,650 Paralympians from 45 countries)
In one of baseball’s most memorable pitching duels, Giants’ Juan Marichal and Braves’ Warren Spahn both hurl 15 scoreless innings before Willie Mays ends the marathon with a homer off Spahnie in the bottom of the 16th giving San Francisco a 1-0 win.
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.
In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O’Hara.
Our friends at BBDO look like they are having fun in our suite at the Braves game Saturday night.
Especially with a 6-5 Victory in the 9th inning !!