Aussie hero chases extreme record mark

As the “worst skateboarder in the world” Scotty James is content to let his contemporaries chase their summer Olympic dreams while he targets becoming the best snowboarder in the world. Australian James finished third in the half-pipe at last year’s Winter Olympics behind all-time American great Shaun White and Japanese young gun Ayumu Hirano. But […]

Extreme makeover: Off-season shakeups have curling teams still figuring out their way

The Canadian curling carousel was furiously spinning during this past off-season as teams were shaking up their lineups to secure their foursomes for this next four-year Olympic cycle. It was almost weekly that teams were announcing their new lineups — keeping track of it all was challenging. But not that the curling season has hit […]

These Extreme Museums Honor the World's Most Dangerous Jobs

In this original series, Extreme Museums, join OZY for a look at some of the world’s weirdest and wildest exhibitions. Read more. Museums, at their heart, are established to educate about important subjects that have had an impact on our world (or sometimes less so). And what greater impact can people have than saving lives […]

Drink urine, eat cockroaches: Chinese company's extreme punishments for missed targets (VIDEO)

Managers at a home improvement firm in Southern China have been jailed for cruel and unusual punishment of workers in which staff were flogged and forced to drink urine and eat cockroaches for missing sales targets. The appalling events, which took place in Zunyi, Guizhou province, were captured on video and widely distributed on the […]

Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption vaporized body fluids, exploded skulls

Enlarge / Italian scientists detected red and black mineral incrustations in victims’ skulls—the iron from human blood. (credit: P. Petrone et al.) The catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD wiped out several nearby towns and killed thousands of people. It has long been supposed that the vast majority died from asphyxiation, choking on […]

Could Water — and Women — Be Key to Ending Extreme Poverty?

Welcome to Number Crunching With OZY. In this occasional series, we ask businesspeople, experts, celebrities and thought leaders to discuss a single number that is most important to them. This time: Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water. Today, there are 1 billion fewer people living in extreme poverty than in 1980 — less […]

Extreme poverty is growing rarer

HANS ROSLING, a Swedish academic who died in 2017, became famous for telling people that the world was faring better than they believed. One of his favourite examples was the rapid decline in extreme poverty. Sadly, just as Rosling’s elegant charts and YouTube talks drilled that story into people’s minds, the facts began to change. […]