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Top 10: Wacky Races

Humans have always been a competitive bunch, but some need to win no matter the contest


Riders in The World-Famous Suicide Race of Omak, in the US state of Washington, have 15 metres to get their horses up to speed before charging down a ridiculously steep hill – with a 62° slope – into a river, which they traverse, and then sprint for around 460 metres. It is hair-raising, lightning-quick and not without controversy. Animal rights groups deem the event not as suicide, but murder, and while it has a tangential connection to Native American endurance tests, the race was devised by white people in 1935 to promote a rodeo.

No doubt gravity does some of the work for these daredevil riders
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Few stories can match that of the end of the Incas, when the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas was defeated thanks to deceit and double-crossing. How did thousands of experienced Inca warriors fail to repel just 170 Spaniards? Plus: the CIA’s mind-boggling PsyOps experiments, the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the origins and accuracy of the Bible, wacky races, jousting and much more