Timothy Doner is a remarkable American teenager. Almost a year ago he uploaded the above video to YouTube – in which he demonstrates incredible proficiency in 20 languages which include English, French, Hausa, Wolof, Russian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Dutch, Xhosa, Swahili, Hindi and Ojibwe. Today, less than 12 months later, he has added another three langauges to his list. Hear a BBC interview with Timothy here and read a full article on the Daily Mail website here.
The world’s greatest polyglot, Ziad Fazah, claims to speak 58 languages – see him put to the test on Spanish television here.
The above video is of William Polly breaking the world record for a fixed-routine cup stack, at 5.595 seconds. The above video is NOT sped up.
Cup stacking is a sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. The governing body setting the rules is the WSSA (World Sport Stacking Association). Participants of sport stacking stack cups in pre-determined sequences, competing against the clock or another player. Sequences are usually pyramids of three, six, or ten cups. The sport has generated a large YouTube community, with stackers uploading their fastest times to the video sharing website.
The sport received national attention in 1990 on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The sport was invented by Wayne Godinet, who introduced the first formations and dubbed the sport “Karango Cup Stack”. Physical education teacher Bob Fox later developed the activity into a true sport by formalizing the rules and establishing a governing body, the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA). He also founded a company named Speed Stacks, and along with his partner Larry Goers, created a line of proprietary Sport Stacking products including the patented timing system known as the StackMat which is also used in speedcubing.
In 2004, the organization changed the name of cup stacking to sport stacking in what it describes as an attempt to give it “immediate identification as a competitive sport.”
See many more phenomenal Speed Stacking videos here.
Steve Forte is widely considered to be the foremost authority in the world on casino game protection and card cheating. His handling, expertise, knowledge and understanding of how to cheat casinos is unrivalled, and although now works to educate and protect people – for many years worked himself as a professional casino cheat throughout America.