London

5:52am

Sat July 28, 2012
Sports

Test Your Olympic Trivia Knowledge

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Our marathon man of trivia is A.J. Jacobs, who once read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica to learn more and get a book contract. Why didn't he just write 50 Shades of Knowledge? A.J. joins us now to talk about Olympic facts, some of which may actually be true.

A.J., thanks for being with us.

A.J. JACOBS: And thank you for having me.

SIMON: Let's start with the marathon, A.J. Apparently, one of your favorite athletes in history was Spiridon Louis, who was the winner of the first modern marathon back in 1896.

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Sat July 28, 2012
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Sat July 28, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

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Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 6:09 pm

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John Burnett NPR

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2:33pm

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

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Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Animals and actors enter the stadium for a British meadow scene.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II declared the London Games open. The Olympic cauldron is lit.

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2:32pm

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

London Opens Up, In Danny Boyle's 'Warm-Up Act' For The Summer Olympics

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 4:33 pm

Animals and actors enter the stadium for the British meadow scene prior the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

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