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The Referencepedia

New to SilverMedals.net, the Referencepedia is a compendium of all second-placers, second-happenings, second-comings, second-superlatives, sequels, losers, and everything else SilverMedals-related! What is the second-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball? What was the sequel to the movie Fletch? What is the world's second-smallest country? It's all there in the Referencepedia!

K2 — The World's Second-Tallest and Second-Deadliest Mountain

If you make it through the Bottleneck and you haven't completely succumbed to the cognitive and physical effects of extreme altitude sickness, then maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to reach the summit and be treated to a view that few others in human history have seen first-hand. While there, you can take a few pictures and revel in your accomplishment. But don’t revel too long, because next comes the hard part.

“‘Til There Was You”

Second feats and events can come to me from anywhere here at SilverMedals.net, where I’ve taken the collection of “seconds” in history to new and obsessive levels. This one comes from an interesting book review in the The New Yorker by Adam Gopnik who wrote about composer Andrew Lloyd Weber’s new memoir, Unmasked. In the […]

World's Second-Biggest Animal

Even though finbacks are found in all the world's oceans, ask anybody what a finback whale is and they would probably reply with a blank expression. Ask about a blue whale and they'd usually give at least a look of recognition because it's the biggest and the one everybody hears about. It also helps that there's a huge model of a blue whale hanging in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History that is seen by about 5 million visitors each year. But finbacks have nothing to be ashamed of in playing second-fiddle to the blues.

JANCFU — The Naughty Message on the World's Second Atomic Bomb

It was common during WWII for USAAF (United States Army Air Force) ground crews to write out little messages on bombs meant to be dropped on the enemy. It was a sort of middle finger to the soldiers whom they blamed for there being a war in the first place.

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Armored Command — Burt Reynolds’ Second Feature Film

09/17/2018

Updated 10/09/2018

By the time Burt Reynolds signed up for the movie Armored Command (Allied Artists, 1961), his second full-length feature movie, he had already put together a respectable resumé as a stage and TV actor having appeared in at least 15 television shows in not only bit parts but in regular roles. An ex-athlete from Florida with a rugged sexiness that…read more

Second Episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Screen shot from the second episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

06/28/2018

Updated 10/08/2018

It may seem like hyperbole to write that Fred Rogers was one of the finest human beings ever to appear on American television, but he really was a good guy. A musician, a minister, a teacher, a producer, director, actor, and a student of early childhood development, Rogers dedicated the greater part of his personal and professional life toward teaching…read more

Astronaut Alan Bean and His “Second” Career

05/29/2018

Updated 10/09/2018

When Alan Bean retired from NASA and decided to become a full-time professional fine-art artist, he had to shed his aeronautical engineering and astronaut self to allow his inner artistic vision come through to the canvas. Not an easy task for the former Apollo 12 astronaut, one of only 12 men to have walked on the surface of the moon,…read more

Second-Longest Commercial Air Route

03/26/2018

Updated 10/08/2018

The world got a little smaller over the weekend, especially for those who live in the greater London and Perth areas. Qantas, the Australian airline once made popular by the character Raymond Babbitt1 in the movie Rain Man, just added a new nonstop route to its commercial route offerings. Passengers can now travel from Perth, Australia, to London, U.K., nonstop,…read more

“‘Til There Was You”

03/08/2018

Updated 10/08/2018

Second feats and events can come to me from anywhere here at SilverMedals.net, where I’ve taken the collection of “seconds” in history to new and obsessive levels. This one comes from an interesting book review in the The New Yorker by Adam Gopnik who wrote about composer Andrew Lloyd Weber’s new memoir, Unmasked. In the article, Gopnik expounds on the…read more

Finback Whale — World’s Second-Largest Animal

02/28/2018

Updated 10/09/2018

Finner, razorback, flathead, common rorqual, herring whale, fin whale — these are all names for the finback whale, an animal that few outside of the marine biology or maritime communities know or care about. But it is a majestic animal with sleek hydrodynamic lines and curves that roams the world’s oceans gulping down plankton and fish in astonishing quantities. Second…read more

Complete 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Silver Medalists

02/26/2018

Updated 10/08/2018

The table below lists the silver medal winners for each event from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The bobsleigh events threw a few curveballs this year. The 2-man bobsleigh competition resulted in a tie for gold between Canada and Germany, therefore there were only two gold medalists, one bronze medalist and no silver medalists, which for we…read more

The History of K2 — The World’s Second-Highest Mountain

02/22/2018

Updated 10/09/2018

Attempts to summit K2 begin in Islamabad. From there you will spend a day driving in a rickety bus toward the town of Skardu on the dangerous Karakoram Highway (and they’re using the term “highway” VERY loosely here). You’ll probably have an armed guard wth your party because aside from the road itself being dangerous, there are people on it who…read more

The World’s Second-Biggest Tax Haven in 2018

02/17/2018

Updated 10/11/2018

If you’re a rich person looking for a place to hide your money from the evil tax-collecting hoards in your home country, or maybe you’re a super rich drug dealer who doesn’t want your local government asking questions about that Bentley parked in your quarter-mile driveway when on your last return you reported earnings of only $28,000, then look no…read more

Pronghorn — Second-Fastest Land Animal

Band of Pronghorn

02/08/2018

Updated 10/08/2018

Cheetahs are cool. They’re sleek. They’re majestic. They’re hunters who use their speed to chase down their prey. They’re the fastest land animals around, topping out in some measures at 60-70 mph. True, cheetahs can only maintain their sprints for maybe a half mile to a mile at most before needing a rest, but we don’t care. Cheetahs are just…read more

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