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In today’s Fiver: Leo Messi, that Coventry fan and urination-like fountains

A couple of years ago the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch volunteered to coach some kids near his home. Midway through the session he must have felt a hunger pang, because he bent over, reached into his sock, pulled out some fried chicken he’d stored there, and chowed down. “My auntie fried up some chicken and I had my hands full, and I don’t have no pockets on my shorts, so I just had to use what I had,” he explained. The problem wasn’t so much that he ate chicken during a training session – though that was a little unusual – but that humans, prone as they are to storing food in fridges and cupboards, consider socks to be an unconventional larder, particularly if they are being worn at the time.

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