Second Thoughts Blog

Second-Degree Burns

10/19/2017

Author's note: Please don't be a moron. Under no circumstances should anything written in this post be considered medical advice or be used for diagnostic purposes. Doctors do that stuff. I'm not a doctor and I don't pretend to be. SilverMedals.net is not a refereed journal by any stretch.

Elcano, Drake, or Urdaneta?

10/11/2017

You'd think that if finding out the first person to do something was relatively easy, then finding the second person to do something would be just as easy, right? SilverMedals finds that this is not the case in many cases, and annoyingly so. For instance who was the second person to circumnavigate the globe? Most of us American kids learned in school that the first person to lead a round-the-world expedition, or circumnavigation, was the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, or rather Fernão de Magalhães1 as it should be written in the proper Portuguese.

Lesedi La Rona Diamond

10/05/2017

A little over a week ago, the Lesedi La Rona diamond, the second-biggest gem-quality* diamond ever found, sold for a whopping $53 million. Well, whopping is a relative term here, just a few years prior the diamond had failed to sell at auction when nobody was willing to meet the opening bid price, which Sotheby's had set at $70 million.

Thoughts on the Loser

09/13/2017

The main idea behind SilverMedals.net isn't only to highlight the people who finished in second place, sequels, or second superlatives of things (second biggest, second smallest, etc.) but also to present those who lost in a notable contest, battle, or conflict of whatever sort. The loser here is not the loser in the negative sense, but more in the straight up definition as the side that lost the event.

Finding the World's Second-Biggest Lake Island

09/11/2017
You’d think it would be easy to establish which is the world’s second-biggest lake island — a lake island being an island on a lake. For the most part, you can look at a map, figure out which bodies of water are the lakes, then look for the islands in them. Simple right? For the biggest lake island, it’s super simple. When you get to the second-biggest, however, things get complicated fast.

Polish Climbers Heading to K2

05/14/2017

One thing we never mentioned in the K2 article here at SilverMedals.net is that even though the mountain has been climbed many times, it has never been summited in the winter. That may not seem like much of a necessary fact for most readers, but for mountain climbers that is significant. For the most part, mountains are harder to climb in the winter, especially the 14 peaks on Earth that are over 8,000m.