Interview with Seth Shostak
Science or Fiction
For much of the ancient Olympic games, athletes and their coaches were nude. http://www.penn.museum/sites/olympics/olympicorigins.shtml
The term “Olympiad” refers to a period of four years, and was used by the Greeks in dating events. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Dionysius_of_Halicarnassus/1D*.html#75
The first recorded Olympic games consisted of only a single competition, a Marathon race of 26.219 miles.
Skeptical Quote of the Week.
‘There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children’s lessons take the form of play.’ – Plato