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Friday, August 08, 2008

Lucky Eights

Today, Beijing launched the Summer Games of the XXIX Olympiad at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8 p.m. in China). Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture, thus explaining the sequence of eights in the date and time. According to Wikipedia, 10,500 athletes are scheduled to compete in 302 events in 28 sports, ranging from gymnastics and swimming to table tennis and canoeing.

If you want to follow the drama of your favorite sports, check out the links on the Summer Olympics page on the library’s Web site.

How good are you at Olympic trivia? Can you answer this question?

How many events are alike in the ancient and modern Olympic games?

a) 2     b) 6     c) 5     d) 8

Share your answer.

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