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19 Weird Olympics Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Those gold medals are, like, barely gold.

1. Gold medals are not made of pure gold.

2. The first black athlete to win the marathon event did it barefoot.

3. The first modern Olympics in 1896 didn't even have gold medals.

4. The 1900 Olympics were notoriously disorganized and not well attended.

5. The first athlete suspended from the Olympics was suspended for — wait for it — alcohol.

6. The 1900 Olympics featured a competitor who is still unknown to this day, and may be the youngest ever.

7. The Olympic flag represents every country in the world.

8. American marathon runner Fred Lorz was disqualified for riding in a car during the race.

9. The 1912 games in Stockholm had an event for literature.

10. Swimmer Johnny Weismuller was a five-time gold medalist in swimming, and also played Tarzan in 12 movies.

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Weismuller coined the famous Tarzan yell.

11. The longest wrestling match in the history of the games took more than 11 hours.

12. Athletes in the Olympic Village reportedly used 70,000 condoms at the 2000 games, and 100,000 at the 2008 games. There will be 450,000 provided in 2016.

13. America's first-ever gold medalist (or first-place finisher, since gold medals didn't exist back then) had to drop out of Harvard to compete.

14. American golfer Margaret Abbott placed first in the 1900 games by accident.

15. Uganda has the shortest national anthem at just eight bars of music.

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That's convenient, since medal ceremonies shorten or speed up national anthems so that they only last one minute.

16. Because of Australian quarantine rules, equestrian events at the 1956 games in Melbourne were actually held in Stockholm, Sweden.

17. Muhammad Ali was terrified of flying, so he wore a parachute during his flight to the 1960 games in Rome.

18. Nadia Comaneci was the first to score a perfect 10.0 in the uneven bars, but the scoreboards displayed it as a 1.0 instead.

19. McDonald's lost millions because the USA was too good in the 1984 games.

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The fast food restaurant was offering free soda, fries, and Big Macs to customers if the US won gold in certain events on McDonald's scratch cards. At the previous games in 1976, the USA won 34 gold medals. But since the Communist Bloc boycotted the 1980 games, the USA won 83 gold medals, which caused restaurants to run out of Big Macs and cost the company much more than expected.