With a permanent population of less than one million people, Qatar hires migrant workers to fill their empty stadiums in the Qatar Stars League, paying them one dollar an hour to “sit in the stadiums and pretend to have fun”.
NFL defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is the youngest player ever to play in the NFL. After testing into 9th grade at 12 and graduating at 16, he chose to play NCAA football at Louisville (though he was accepted to Harvard) before graduating early and being drafted by the Texans at the age of 19.
In the 1977 NBA draft, Bruce Jenner was selected 139th overall by the Kansas City Kings, despite not having actually played basketball since high school.
A World Cup qualifying match between Chile and Brazil was canceled after an opposing fan hit the Chilean goalkeeper with a flare. Photos later proved that the flare never touched him; he faked the injury with a hidden razor blade.
A Japanese gymnast, Shun Fujimoto, once broke his knee at the Olympics in 1976 but didn’t tell anyone and performed miraculously despite his injury, winning his team the gold medal.
Paul the Octopus was so precise in his predictions during the 2010 FIFA World Cup that he received death threats from German fans and had to be offered state protection.
When a 7ft NBA player named Reggie Harding attempted to rob a Detroit gas station with a mask, the attendant said “I know it’s you, Reggie.”, to which he replied “No, man, it ain’t me”
The original female winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon had her title stripped away when it was discovered that she didn’t complete the entire race. She had earlier competed in the New York marathon, and an investigation revealed that she took the subway for part of the course.
Pistol dueling with wax bullets was a popular pastime in the early 20th century and even featured as a sport in the 1908 Summer Olympics.
After professional golfer Ben Hogan threw himself across his car to cover his wife during a head-on collision with a bus, the doctors told him he might never walk again, let alone play golf. He went on to win the US Open the following year.