How a Semi-Automatic Paintball Gun Works

Ever been paintballing? Mayhem Paintball, an outdoor paintballing course in London & Essex has sent us a handy resource that shows how a semi-auto paintball gun actually fires a paintball. It’s pretty interesting, so whether you’re a paintball fanatic or newbie, keep on reading to learn more.

First there’s a feeder that stores all of the paintballs. It’s not like a regular gun that houses only a few bullets. A feeder on a paintball gun can store a LOT of ammunition.

The feeder drops a paintball in to the barrel. The air or CO2 tank is what fires the paintball. It holds the pressure and feeds it in to the air line. Air is then passed through, in to the chamber from the air line.

The trigger is how you fire the gun (obviously). It’s bit more complicated than that though. The trigger releases the hammer that pushes the bolt forward over the exhaust valve. This exhaust valve goes through the air chamber, which fires air through the exhaust valve and in to the bolt. This is what fires the paintball to your target.

A paintball can fly about 100 feet and flies at a top speed of 200 miles per hour. You can fire 8-30 shots per second depending on the type of gun and configuration.

See it in the infographic below.


The 6 Biggest Losses Bookies Suffered

Usually it seems as though the bookies always win (or don’t pay up) when it’s your turn to cash in. Smart Live Gaming has managed to find six huge instances when a bookie lost big time. Let’s enjoy this moment and think about every movie we’ve ever watched where the mangy, dirty bookie screwed someone out of their winnings.

  1. In 2000, a Manchester United fan won big time by betting on a 30p accumulator bet. He managed to pocket 500 thousand pounds. That’s not bad for a self employed business man!
  2. A hotel worker in 2004 won 870 thousand pounds. He selected the six winners at the races with a two pound wager. That’s crazy!
  3. Here’s an interesting one: when Weymouth fans started to fear that their team would lose, they bet against their own team. And won one million pounds! By betting against their OWN team. Crazy right?
  4. Another one won big time at the races (which really, when does that happen?). Four horses were priced as outsiders and bet on before the races. They raked in 15 million pounds and were all linked to Barney Curley, their trainer.
  5. Bookies lost a massive 20 million pounds when 19 of the top 20 accumulator football teams won with the remaining game being a draw.

Read on in the infographic below to find out the biggest bookie loss of them all!


Favorite Trail Runs in the UK

Berghaus, a British outdoor retailer knows all the details when it comes to adventures in the great outdoors. Based in the UK, the brand has recently opened it’s doors in the US of A. And when it comes to trail running, they’ve got the top routes in the UK covered. Let’s take a look at the most popular trail runs in the United Kingdom.

In the number one spot is Catbells to Hindscarth Horseshoe. It’s a hilly route that can take you 3-4 hours. That’s because its 10.24 miles long and gains 2,647 feet in altitude.

Roseberry Topping to Captain Cooks Monument comes in second place. It has a few steep climbs and gains *only* 1,459 feet in elevation. It’s a circular route that’ll burn upwards of 1,814 calories during the 3-4 hours it’ll take you to run it. It’s longer than Catbells to Hindscarth Horseshoe coming in at 12.6 miles.

Number three is Askham Moors. It doesn’t take as long as the first two, coming in at 2-3 hours and has amazing views along it’s circular route. It does gain a lot of elevation for the 13.5 mile route. Two thousand, two hundred feet to be exact, which is seven times as tall as Big Ben.

There’s plenty more to see, read on in the infographic below.


Which country should you cheer for in the World Cup?

Everyone’s all up in arms about this once-in-every-four-year event. People who normally abstain from soccer can be found skipping work to drink it up with buddies at the local sports bar. Kids usually tossing a football around are now kicking the soccer ball like nobody’s business.

The truth is, the World Cup is exciting. But with all of the games and countries, how do you know which one to cheer for? Especially if your home country has bit the dust, who do you watch next?

Fortunately, Sports Unlimited has provided a handy chart to figure out which country you should root for in this event.

First, you need to figure out how often you want to watch the World Cup games. If you’re only invested in the final, then the three countries to watch are determined by how you dance (Brazil, Spain, or Germany).

If you want to watch the knockout stages, then it depends on what you’ll drink during the games. If liquor is your choice, the root for the good ‘ol USA. If it’s wine, then your countries are Portugal, Argentina, France and Italy depending on a few other preferences. If beer is your poison, then the countries you watch are Netherlands, Belgium, Germany or England. Which ones depend on whether you’re an Amstel light kind of guy.

There’s plenty more where this came from. Read on in the infographic below.


History of the World Cup

The World Cup soccer tournament is coming up soon and draws a huge crowd, both in person, online, and over television. Between June 12th and July 13th, it’ll be the talk around town.

The World Cup is held once every four years and K Updates has provided a handy infographic to tell us a little more about it.

Only eight countries have ever won the World Cup. That includes Brazil, Italy, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, France, England and Spain. This year, Brazil is the host nation and is also the fan favorite.

In 2006, the World Cup between Italy and France drew about 715.1 million viewers worldwide. This increased in 2010 to 909.6 million for the World Cup between Spain and the Netherlands.

This year is the first year that referees will be using goal line technology that has 7 cameras per goal. This will help to provide fair and accurate calls.

Adidas has supplied the soccer balls for the World Cup since the 70s. The design they introduced specifically for the World Cup is still in use today.

A big event like this is costly. And Brazil will spend a total on $3.5 billion on stadium construction and renovation. This is about 3 times more than South Africa spent.

Curious to see how much it would cost for you to see it in person? Read on in the KNCTR-FIFA2K14-IG_v7 below.


Dubai Rugby Sevens

Rugby sevens is a variant of traditional rugby, played with seven players instead of 15. Originating in Melrose, Scotland and is now recognized as an Olympic sport, debuting at the summer 2016 Olympics.

The Dubai Sevens is an annual tournament, held in the Sevens Stadium, built specifically to host the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. Each game is split in to two seven minute halves with a one minute halftime break. It’s been sponsored by Emirates since 1987, but has taken place in Dubai since 1970. Notice a pattern here? There are actually seven more tournaments of the Mens 75 series after the Dubai Sevens. Teams are awarded seven points after a converted try. The New Zealand team has taken the championships 7 times, including 1997.

Samoa is currently the reigning champion of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament, winning over New Zealand last year in the finals. Dubai is actually the only place where a mens and womens tournament runs side by side, as the IRB Womens takes place on Thursday and Friday, while the HSBC Mens takes place on Friday and Saturday.

See more in the infographic below.


Running the Ultimate Trail

Trail Running is a wonderful sport. Instead of pounding the pavement on packed sidewalks, swerving to avoid walking stroller moms and the always-on-the-cellphone businessman, you’re gliding along in Mother Nature’s happy place. Away from the bustle, it’s a great way to stay active, decompress and enjoy the wilderness.

Now imagine running 1000 miles. Imagine running one of those 1000 miles in the Himalayas. Athlete Philippe Gatta is attempting to accomplish this feat in a mere 40 days. Fortunately, Berghaus has released an infographic describing more about their sponsored athlete.

Gatta will run approximately one marathon per day at an average altitude of 4000 meters. Ascending a total of 88,000 meters, Gatta will run in weather that ranges from -25 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Interested in knowing more? Read the infographic below.


BetVictor World Darts Matchplay

The 20th BetVictor World Darts Matchplay is coming up soon. Are you prepared? If you’re not, take a look at the infographic below and read on to learn more.

  • For the World Rankings, Phil Taylor is the number one spot, Michael Van Gerwen is numero dos and Adrian Lewis is in third place.
  • The odds for big Phil winning is 11/4, he likes to walk in to “The Power” by Snap! (his nickname is also “The Power”)
  • Phil has won 13 out of 19 World Matchplay Dart Tournaments.

So how is the Matchplay structured? The first round is best out of 19 legs, second round is best out of 25 legs, the Quarter finals are best out of 31 legs, the Semi-Finals are best out of 33 legs, and the Finals are best out of 35 legs. BetVictor is currently offering cash back on outright bets if Michael Van Gerwin wins!


The Open Championship

This year marks the Open Championship’s 142nd year of play and is on the 18th – 21st of July. The tournament is being played at Muirfield in East Lothian. The Open Championship is the oldest of the 4 golf majors. For all you golf lovers out there, this infographic from BetVictor looks at different facts and stats about the Open Tournament that you probably didn’t know

  • Harry Wardon won 6 times between 1896 and 1914
  • Tiger Woods had the biggest winning margin with 8 strokes
  • Greg Norman had the lowest total score ever in 1993 with 267
  • Tiger Woods became the youngest player at, at the age of 24, to win all 4 majors
  • Gary Player has had the most appearances in the tournament with 46

To learn all the facts, check out the infographic below:
The Open

Golfing Tips – Quick Fixes for the 7 Most Dreaded Shots in Golf

Golf is a sport of much skill; that said, even some small mistakes can quickly inflate your score. This infographic from My Golf Instructor looks at the 7 most dreaded shots in golf and gives you golf tips to quickly correct your mistakes. First up is the shank – this is typically caused by lunging forward towards the ball, having your weight on the front of your feet while standing too close to the ball, or swinging too far from outside or inside. The result is hitting the ball on the hosel of the club, causing the ball shoot off at an angle. The good news is that this infographic has some tips for you to fix your shot. Try backing away from the ball, reaching for the ball, planting and keeping your weight on your heels, and keeping the rear end back through contact.

That is just the first shot. These golf tips help you with 6 other shots: hitting it fat, hitting it thin, the hook, the slice, the push, and the pull. To recover from these ailments plaguing your golf game, check out the infographic below.

Golf Tips - Shank, Hook, Fat, Thin, Splice, push pull shots