1. According to Google Trends, figure skating is by far the most popular Winter Olympics sport. 46 out of the 50 states have searched for 'figure skating' more than for any other winter sport over the past 12 months.
The movie "I, Tonya" and the revisiting of the Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan drama might have played some small role in that, but still.
The only four states who went with something different are: Alaska and Montana, which both had more searches for 'snowboarding' . . . Nebraska, which apparently has a lot of 'curling' fans . . . and Minnesota, which went with 'ice hockey.'
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2. There are three interesting statues just outside the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. They've been there since 2009, but they're trending now because they show naked men wearing bullet-like hoods over their heads . . . but nothing to cover their MANHOODS.
The statues supposedly represent, quote, "the desire for a cool body," but the internet finds them more hilarious than cool.
The statues are called “Bullet Man” and were installed in Pyeongchang in 2009. They’re meant to symbolize “the human desire for a cool body, wealth, honor with a concrete image.” And well, they’ve really captured Japanese Twitter’s imagination. Swipe 👉 for more 🍆😂 (📷: Getty, shigel_marv, george_10g, kirietta, pleist, folders_wotd / Twitter) #bulletman #statue #penis #japan #japanese #twitter #meme #japanesememe #olympics #winterolympics #pyeongchang #pyeongchang2018
3. There's some kind of virus sweeping PyeongChang, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. No athletes have gotten sick so far, but it's highly contagious. As rough as it sounds, people tend to recover in a few days.
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4. Ice dancing is the Olympic sport where you're most likely to see a man precariously holding a woman . . . while having his face firmly positioned in her, well, "crotch pocket." (Here's the evidence.)
5. Have you heard any rumors about American figure skating sensation Adam Rippon wearing BUTT PADS?
Well, they're not true.
He says, quote, "There's been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on, and I'd like to set the record straight and let it be known that no, it's just my real butt. Thank you for your interest, comments, and concern. Love you."
6. Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris won a bronze medal, just ONE year after crashing into a tree and being in a COMA. He Tweeted side-by-side photos after winning, and said, quote, "Thank you, Life."
Thank You Life🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/TdHcIdWzqJ— Mark McMorris (@markmcmorris) February 12, 2018
7. Have you wondered why the Olympic winners have been posing with white tigers? Well, its name is Soohorang, and it's the official mascot of the 2018 Games. The stuffed animals are being given to the athletes who have clinched a medal win, because in keeping with the tradition of the Winter Olympics, the actual medals won't be handed out until later.
8. Here's a random video of some members of Team USA talking about "Game of Thrones" . . . and most of them want to see Khaleesi or Jon Snow end up on the Iron Throne, but Arya got a few votes.