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Outside the ring the great Muhammad Ali fought only twice

February 24 2010

February 24, 1938 in Arlington (New Jersey, USA) first appeared in the sale of a product which used a new synthetic material - nylon. This product was a toothbrush. Synthesis of new polymer was first implemented in 1935, William Carothers, chief chemist of the American research laboratory of DuPont.

There is a theory that the word "nylon" is derived from the names of the cities of New York and London (nylon = New York + London). An opinion that is the word - an abbreviation of the New York Lab of Organic Nitrocompounds, but reliable data on this.

In the etymological dictionary Douglas Harper stated that the title was created by DuPont from a randomly selected generic syllable nyl-and end-on, often used in the names of fibers (eg nylon), was originally taken from the English word «cotton» («Cotton").

February 24, 1964 little-known black boxer Cassius Clay won the fight against Sonny Liston for the first time for himself the champion of the world. Today, the winner of the contest known as Muhammad Ali - the legendary American boxer.

In school, Clay fought only twice. The first time they sat in the club with friends and landed them two guys, Cassius long insisted to peacefully disperse. "I am a boxer and do not want to cause you an injury" - he repeated. Having been refused, he grimly walked from the table. Brawl took place in institution. One stroke Clay sent his opponent into a deep "knockout," his friend fled.

His second brawl took place just before the Olympics. Making his daily jog, he is constantly running past the bar, where every morning going to local men. One of them was very much annoyed that he ran past them, Clay constantly muttering to himself: "I have become a world champion ..." and once he waylaid him, gave him a clear line from the corner directly in front. Clay staggered, but survived, and immediately collapsed to the counterpart series of terrible blows. In the end he shouted: "Leave me alone! You will become World Champion! 'll Be! ". The next morning he was greeted by his words: "Hello, Ch.

Ali became the Olympic champion in 1960 in the light heavyweight champion, multiple world champion among professionals (in 1964-1974) in the heavyweight division and is now considered the founder of modern boxing. "Flutter like a butterfly and sting like a bee" - this tactical scheme, devised by Ali, was later taken up by many boxers in the world. In 1999, Sports Illustrated and the BBC called Ali "Sportsman of the Century".

February 24, 1973 in the television broadcast of our country first entered the program "The obvious - unbelievable." Transmission   devoted to the history and future development of research in Russia, the outstanding achievements of science past and present. Underlying all the gear - interviews with prominent scientists. The ever-author and presenter of the program - Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, academician, vice-president of Natural Sciences Sergei Kapitsa. Career scholar began in 1949, he left his mark in various fields.His interests included supersonic aerodynamics, terrestrial magnetism, applied electrodynamics, particle accelerators.

In an interview, S. Kapica said: "Passing" The obvious - the incredible "was preceded by a book whose history is as follows. After the death of my grandfather Alexei Nikolaevich Krylov, a major mathematician, creator of Russian and later Soviet fleet, has remained a large library. I inherited a few hundred volumes. These were mostly works of the classics of the science, which was interested in my grandfather. Read them now is pretty pointless - those interested in fundamentals of chemistry, physics or mechanics laid 200 and 300 years ago? But in all these books are very interesting preface the authors.

For two years I wrote a book about the disclosure of individual scientist, through its judgments about their discoveries. This was my "homework", as in KVN, before starting work on the transfer of "Obvious - unbelievable." Having talked through the book with the great scientists of the past, I realized that television can similarly communicate with the great contemporaries. In 1973, Kapitza has published "Life Science" - a collection of more than 100 introductory remarks and introductions to the major scientific works from the time of Copernicus and Darwin. This was the prerequisite to the emergence of the TV program "The obvious - unbelievable."

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