So much has happened this past year but don’t worry, we got you covered with these stories from 2022 that you may have missed.
More than 100 horses were seen jumping through bonfires as part of a purification ceremony for the Spanish festival. “Las Luminarias.”It was the first such event since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic. Every January 16, the traditional nighttime celebration is held. That’s the eve of Saint Anthony’s day, Spain’s patron saint of animals. Revelers rode their horses along narrow cobble-stone streets that were lined with flames, smoke and bonfires. Tradition says that this purifies the animals for next year. People danced the night away after an hour of horses leaping over flames.
Also in January, a Rhode Island couple got married despite a blizzard. The groom wore ski trousers, while the bride wore heavy snow boots and a winter coat.
Thanks to his custom-made orthopedic boots, Lucas the penguin lived a good life in August. Lucas was born with disco-spondylitis. After getting therapy boots, Lucas’ waddle improved and is showing to have a much more normal gait walking on flat surfaces. There is no limping. It’s not possible to favor his left side anymore. Lucas was able to walk, swim, and climb with his new boots.
“I’m so excited that we’ve been able to do this for Lucas. Lucas was one of the first birds that I raised here at San Diego Zoo,”The spokesperson for San Diego Zoo said. “So I’ve known him since he was an egg, and we we are very attached to each other, so it warms my heart just to know that we’ve been able to do something to make him more comfortable, and to make him fit into the colony a little bit better.”
Ryan Alonzo is a world-class jump roper. Guinness World Record holder for the most consecutive jump-rope crossovers is Ryan Alonzo.
In October, the 35 year-old completed 3,731 jumprope crossovers in succession.
“You cannot trip, you just have to do as much as you can consecutively and the previous record was 2,405 consecutive crosses, so last month we got to do over 3,700,”He said.
He was able to do 40,980 double-under skips in just 12 hours.
“So that is really an endurance thing, a physical challenge,”He said. “So, I started jump rope maybe like 10 years ago or even more but I just use it as a warm-up, warm-up before I work out, warm-up before I play basketball or boxing. But then I took it a little more seriously during the pandemic because there’s nothing else to do. The gyms were closed, you can’t play basketball.”
In October, Travis Gienger, a Minnesota farmer, broke the North American record of the largest pumpkin. At the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival 50th Anniversary, Travis was named champion. Travis was awarded $9 per Pound, which is a little over $23,000 in cash, and bragging right.
After saving a drowning boy, several Illinois police officers were honored as heroes in November. They also saved a girl who had to go into the water to save her son. The incident began when the boy tried to retrieve his football from the frozen pond. He fell through the ice. Two officers suffered minor injuries, and the child and his officer were both taken to the hospital. Everyone was later released, and the boy’s mother was grateful.