The World Memory Championships and Joshua Foer

The World Memory Championships and Joshua Foer

What are the World Memory Championships? How did author Joshua Foer get to the World Memory Championships in his book Moonwalking With Einstein? The World Memory Championship is a multi-day competition with ten memorization events. Moonwalking With Einstein chronicles the journey of journalist Joshua Foer, as he trained with top mnemonists and eventually competed in the US Memory Championship and the World Memory Championships. Continue reading to find out more about The World Memory Championships.

Louis Zamperini’s Olympics: The Biggest Comeback

Louis Zamperini’s Olympics: The Biggest Comeback

What was Louis Zamperini’s Olympics career like? Was he a successful athlete? Before being known for his time as a POW during World War II, Louis Zamperini’s Olympics dreams seemed all but guaranteed. Louis Zamperini’s Olympic future in running was bright, and he went to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Read more about Louis Zamperini’s Olympics career below.

Torrance Tornado: Zamperini Becomes a Local Legend

Torrance Tornado: Zamperini Becomes a Local Legend

Why was Louis Zamperini nicknamed the “Torrance Tornado?” How did he get this nickname? Once a troubled child known for criminal behavior and trouble making, Louis Zamperini channeled his energy into his running career. Locally, he became known as the “Torrance Tornado” by all the people who followed his career. The Torrance, California community believed in Louis’s running career and rooted relentlessly for their “Torrance Tornado.”

Champions by Association? The Psychology of Sports Fandom

Champions by Association? The Psychology of Sports Fandom

Why are sports fans so devoted to their teams? What is it about the psychology of sports fandom that leads to such visceral responses? The association principle plays an important role in sports fandom. People try to associate themselves with the achievements and victories of others. See how the psychology of sports fandom demonstrates the association principle and how it’s used for marketing.

Baseball Sabermetrics: Can Data Create a Winning Team?

Baseball Sabermetrics: Can Data Create a Winning Team?

What are baseball sabermetrics? Did the theory of sabermetrics work for the Oakland A’s when they implemented the strategy in Moneyball? By the 2002 season, Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane adopted the idea of baseball sabermetrics. Sabermetrics helped the A’s redefine their team and season, and ultimately get to the playoffs. But baseball sabermetrics were not without controversy. Read about sabermetrics’ definition and Beane’s strategy for the A’s.