Feel Good story du jour - ehMac.ca
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Dec 20th, 2008, 09:01 AM   #1
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836
Thumbs up Feel Good story du jour

Quote:
The Legend of Cliff Young: The 61 Year Old Farmer Who Won the World’s Toughest Race

* Written by: Shane
* December 30th, 2007

The legendary story of Cliff Young is already known to many runners. If you're aren't familiar with it, you're in for a fascinating read.


Cliff Young

Every year, Australia hosts 543.7-mile (875-kilometer) endurance racing from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among the world's most grueling ultra-marathons. The race takes five days to complete and is normally only attempted by world-class athletes who train specially for the event. These athletes are typically less than 30 years old and backed by large companies such as Nike.

In 1983, a man named Cliff Young showed up at the start of this race. Cliff was 61 years old and wore overalls and work boots. To everyone's shock, Cliff wasn't a spectator. He picked up his race number and joined the other runners.

The press and other athletes became curious and questioned Cliff. They told him, "You're crazy, there's no way you can finish this race." To which he replied, "Yes I can. See, I grew up on a farm where we couldn't afford horses or tractors, and the whole time I was growing up, whenever the storms would roll in, I'd have to go out and round up the sheep. We had 2,000 sheep on 2,000 acres. Sometimes I would have to run those sheep for two or three days. It took a long time, but I'd always catch them. I believe I can run this race."

When the race started, the pros quickly left Cliff behind. The crowds and television audience were entertained because Cliff didn't even run properly; he appeared to shuffle. Many even feared for the old farmer's safety.

The Tortoise and the Hare

All of the professional athletes knew that it took about 5 days to finish the race. In order to compete, one had to run about 18 hours a day and sleep the remaining 6 hours. The thing is, Cliff Young didn't know that!

When the morning of the second day came, everyone was in for another surprise. Not only was Cliff still in the race, he had continued jogging all night.

Eventually Cliff was asked about his tactics for the rest of the race. To everyone's disbelief, he claimed he would run straight through to the finish without sleeping.

Cliff kept running. Each night he came a little closer to the leading pack. By the final night, he had surpassed all of the young, world-class athletes. He was the first competitor to cross the finish line and he set a new course record.

When Cliff was awarded the winning prize of $10,000, he said he didn't know there was a prize and insisted that he did not enter for the money. He ended up giving all of his winnings to several other runners, an act that endeared him to all of Australia.

Continued Inspiration

In the following year, Cliff entered the same race and took 7th place. Not even a displayed hip during the race stopped him.

Cliff came to prominence again in 1997, aged 76, when he attempted to raise money for homeless children by running around Australia's border. He completed 6,520 kilometers of the 16,000-kilometer run before he had to pull out because his only crew member became ill. Cliff Young passed away in 2003 at age 81.

Today, the "Young-shuffle" has been adopted by ultra-marathon runners because it is considered more energy-efficient. At least three champions of the Sydney to Melbourne race have used the shuffle to win the race. Furthermore, during the Sydney to Melbourne race, modern competitors do not sleep. Winning the race requires runners to go all night as well as all day, just like Cliff Young.
The Legend of Cliff Young: The 61 Year Old Farmer Who Won the World’s Toughest Race - Elite Feet
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old Dec 20th, 2008, 09:16 AM   #2
Citizen
 
MazterCBlazter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,378
.

Last edited by MazterCBlazter; Oct 12th, 2012 at 09:48 PM.
MazterCBlazter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 20th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #3
Honourable Citizen
 
Adrian.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,694
That is an excellent story, thanks MacDoc. The power of the human body amazes me. We are such flexible creatures if we train at such activities.
__________________
His:
MBP 2.4 GHZ
iPad 32Gb WiFi+3G
iPhone 4 16GB
Airport Express

Hers:
Macbook Pro 13" 2.26GHZ
iPhone 4 32GB
iPod Touch 32GB
Adrian. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 21st, 2008, 09:27 AM   #4
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836
Came across another story more current, nicely set and written

Quote:
Braving a New England ice storm

By Simon Winchester
Massachusetts

The morning after the storm



We knew this storm was coming, and we knew just why. Warm air was barrelling its way up from the Gulf and was due to collide with a sliver of ultra-cold air from Canada.
continues

BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Braving a New England ice storm
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 10:21 PM   #5
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836

and it was damn cold even to be out shovelling....

Quote:
Missing three days, Ancaster woman found alive

Dec 22, 2008 03:56 PM

Jackson Hayes
Hamilton Spectator

HAMILTON–An Ancaster woman missing since Friday’s snowstorm has been found alive by police search teams buried in snow 200 metres from where she parked her car nearly 72 hours earlier.

Police at the scene said today that it was “amazing” Donna Molnar survived as long as she did over one of the coldest weekends of the early winter season.

Ray Lau and his search dog Ace, along with a large contingent of police searchers, had resumed the search started yesterday near Lindley’s Farm and Market on Fiddler’s Green north of Book Road West.

Molnar’s SUV had been found near the market on Saturday and witnesses reported seeing the vehicle pulled over at the height of Friday’s snowstorm.

At shortly after noon today, Lau said Ace picked up a scent and tracked it for a few metres across a field near the farm house before barking to indicate he had found something.

Nearby searchers ran over to find Molnar totally buried in snow with only her face protruding from a drift.

The 55-year-old mother of one was talking and awake while searchers kept her warm until police officers on snowmobiles and an all-terrain vehicle arrived to transport her to a nearby ambulance.

Hamilton police Chief Brian Mullan arrived on scene moments after she was found and said today was a great day for everyone.

“What a wonderful gift for these people who endured some very serious weather conditions and we came out with a very successful day,” he said.

Molnar was transported to Hamilton General in unknown condition.
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 10:28 PM   #6
Honourable Citizen
 
Adrian.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,694
A Christmas miracle indeed. I am very happy for her and her family.
__________________
His:
MBP 2.4 GHZ
iPad 32Gb WiFi+3G
iPhone 4 16GB
Airport Express

Hers:
Macbook Pro 13" 2.26GHZ
iPhone 4 32GB
iPod Touch 32GB
Adrian. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 10:03 PM   #7
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836
on a lighter note



Quote:
Nova Scotia redneck joke goes postal

Card addressed to `Hick in the Woods' delivered to tiny town after being mailed from Florida
Jan 01, 2009 04:30 AM

NICTAUX, N.S.–Rodney Annis jokes that he's a bit of a redneck.

He lives in Nictaux, N.S., a town so small that it isn't even listed in the census by Statistics Canada.

So even Annis and his wife, Juanita, were surprised to receive a Christmas card, mailed from the United States, that was addressed to "Hick in the Woods."

Not only that, but the envelope went on to give their address as:

1 tree past the squirrel's hole,

3 runs past the deer lick,

1 leap over the felled oak tree.


No province. Not even a postal code. But it still landed up in their mailbox with a Florida postmark.

Juanita Annis thinks it's a hoot, and says Canada Post deserves credit for getting it to her family.

She says the local post office must have been in on the joke.

"With Canada Post, everything's possible, the impossible sometimes, too," spokesperson Genevieve Latour said with a laugh.

The joke began when Juanita Annis's sister sent out a message over Facebook asking for addresses so she could send Christmas cards.

The Nictaux couple posted the fake address because of the family joke about their rural abode.

Juanita Annis' cousin, Cathy Sangalang in Florida, used this fake address, but Juanita noticed recently the faint indentation of her real address on the envelope.

She thinks the proper address was on a sticker, and local postal workers peeled that off before they put it in her mailbox.

Sangalang refuses to say how she actually pulled it off.

"We laughed our fool heads off," Juanita Annis said, and she wants to thank Canada Post for playing along.

The Canadian Press
TheStar.com | Canada | Nova Scotia redneck joke goes postal
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 3rd, 2009, 01:37 PM   #8
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836
good read - can you imagine the cultural shift for this brave woman.

Quote:
A silent minority takes the wheel

MICHAEL STUPARYK PHOTOS/TORONTO STAR


Balwinder Gill, who didn't know how to drive when she came to Canada in 2000, checks her rig at Mattu Transport in Mississauga before heading to Montreal, a trip she makes five times a week.

FEMALE DRIVERS FIERCELY PRIVATE

Balwinder Gill is not the only South Asian woman who drives a truck. But she is the only one who would talk to the Star
continues.....

TheStar.com | GTA | A silent minority takes the wheel
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com

Last edited by MacDoc; Jan 4th, 2009 at 03:36 AM.
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 4th, 2009, 03:32 AM   #9
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836
Bitter sweet.........

Quote:
Conn. man's last lotto ticket wins $10M for widow

17 mins ago

DANBURY, Conn. – On the day that Donald Peters died, he unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family.

Peters bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.

On Friday, his widow cashed in one of the tickets: a $10 million winner which, in her grief over her husband's death, she had put aside and almost discarded before recently checking the numbers.

"I'm numb," Charlotte Peters, 78, said at Connecticut Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill.

Donald Peters usually bought the tickets for 10 weeks at a stretch, so the winning ticket he bought Nov. 1 for the Dec. 2 drawing was among several that Charlotte Peters put aside as she, their three children and two grandchildren coped with his sudden death.

"I was in the grocery store and I had it checked and they told me I was a winner," she said. "I had no idea how much it was."

She said she thought she had won $6 million but was surprised to learn from lottery officials she'd won $10 million.

Charlotte Peters has 60 days to decide whether to take a $6 million pre-tax lump sum payment or stretch the winnings into 21 yearly payments of almost $477,300 each.

She does not yet know what she will do with the money.

"I've always wanted a Corvette, but I don't think I'll buy one. I'll stick to a small car. I might go to Mohegan Sun," she said, referring to the casino in Connecticut. "I'm going to go home and sit and think."

The Peters children think their father would have appreciated the irony.

"He'd be very mad, he just passed away and she won a lot of money," said Brian Peters, one of the couple's three children. "He'd say, 'Figures!'"
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 6th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #10
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
MacDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Planet Earth.....on FASTER boil :-(
Posts: 30,836
Quote:
Child elopers' Africa plan foiled



"Witness" Anna-Bell (l), with the happy couple: Anna-Lena (c) and Mika
The three were trying to travel without passports or money


Two German children - aged five and six - have been stopped by police from eloping to Africa to tie the knot in the sun, reports say.

The budding lovebirds, identified as Mika and Anna-Lena, packed bathing costumes, sunglasses and a lilo and headed for the airport.

They even had the presence of mind to invite along an official witness - Anna-Lena's seven-year-old sister.

The three got as far as Hanover railway station before police intervened.

The young couple were "very much in love" and had decided to get married in Africa "where it is warm", police spokesman Holger Jureczko told the AFP news agency.

Sun-seekers

The idea for the getaway wedding was born as the children's families celebrated New Year's eve together and Mika regaled the two girls with stories of a recent holiday to Italy.

They can still put their plan into action at a later date
Holger Jureczko
Hanover police spokesman

The following morning, as their parents slept, the intrepid trio walked 1km (0.6 miles) to the local tram station at Langenhagen, where they hopped aboard a tram for Hanover central station.

But the group aroused the suspicion of a guard as they waited for a train to the airport, and police were called in.

Officers persuaded the children they would not get far without tickets and money, but consoled them with a free tour of the police station, where they were shortly picked up by relieved parents.

Although any marriage plans have been put on hold for now, police did not altogether rule out the possibility of an African wedding.

"They can still put their plan into action at a later date," AFP quoted the spokesman as saying.
__________________
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. macdoc@macdoc.com
MacDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
joke du jour Everything Else, eh! 1944 Dec 7th, 2014 11:10 AM
Good for the goose, not so good for the gander? MannyP Design Everything Else, eh! 11 Sep 26th, 2006 11:38 PM
PNY SD Card, good brand? acc30 Everything Else, eh! 4 Aug 10th, 2006 02:18 AM
Good Games for a Laptop theanticrust Anything Mac 16 Jul 21st, 2004 03:34 AM
ehMac Story Archive - Interview with Alex Seropian from Bungie ehMax Anything Mac 0 Dec 11th, 2003 11:38 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:47 PM.



Copyright © 1999 - 2012, ehMac.ca All rights reserved. ehMac is not affiliated with Apple Inc. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc. Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2

Tribe.ca: Urban living in Toronto!