Guess which one they went with?
As for Kelly Johnson, he learned a valuable life lesson from the experience: "Always do the bare minimum, because your best is too good." Nah, kidding. He went on to design the SR-71 Blackbird, the plane that made every other aircraft look bad for decades.
An Alabama Man Created A Bass Fishing Lure So Irresistible That It Was Banned From Bass Fishing Tournaments
In the summer of 2011, lifelong fishing enthusiast Andy Poss was sitting at home watching a tuna chase a school of sardines on BBC's The Blue Planet when he got an idea for a whole new type of bass fishing lure. He spent the next 17 months tinkering in his garage, and emerged holding the Alabama Rig:
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Also helpful if you need a makeshift baby crib mobile and aren't concerned about puncture wounds.
The concept was simple: By arranging five wires like the spokes of an umbrella and attaching a lure to each wire, a fisherman could perfectly mimic a school of bait fish. Poss passed a sample of his creation to professional fisherman Paul Elias for a Fishing League Worldwide tournament. After spending six hours catching nothing, Elias gave the Alabama Rig a cast, and before he knew it, he had himself a boatful of fish. Needless to say, he won the tournament. It didn't take long for word of the miracle lure to spread, and Poss' garage soon transformed into a production line assembling hundreds of rigs each day for $25 a pop.
It was almost the American Dream ... and then both the orders and the sweet licensing deals dried up when major U.S. bass fishing tournaments banned the Alabama Rig from their events, saying that its effectiveness erased the skill from fishing. Clearly, there was far too much actual fish-catching going on with the lure, and not enough soul-crushing tedium.
The NCAA Banned The Slam Dunk To Keep Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Down
Basketball without the slam dunk is like baseball without the grand slam, or NASCAR without crashing. If you were a fan of NCAA hoops between 1967 and 1976, however, dunk-free basketball is exactly what you got. That's when the college association banned the ubiquitous move, in what many believe was a transparent attempt to stanch the dominance of one particular player.
NCAA via Wilt Chamberlain Archive
Specifically, a player who was built like a Stretch Armstrong doll and could probably dunk on a giraffe.
While NCAA officials claimed that they were simply banning a non-skillful shot, the press called it like it was: They called the ban the "Lew Alcindor Rule." Who the hell is Lew Alcindor, you ask? Well, you know him better today as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. When the rule was introduced, Abdul-Jabbar was coming off a phenomenal freshman year performance at UCLA, in which he had a 67 percent field goal percentage and scored an average of 29.5 points a game -- thanks in no small part to his dunking, which frankly comes naturally when you're 7-foot-2. For his part, Kareem felt the ban was nothing but another racist attempt to suppress black people, who were then largely viewed as "invading the game," which may sound far-fetched until you remember that this was a mere three years after the Civil Rights Act.
Kareem fought back by leading the UCLA Bruins to two national championships, slam-dunks be damned (he still holds a laundry list of individual records at UCLA to this day). He then went on to become the highest-scoring NBA player in the history of ever. For those keeping track at home, that's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 38,387, Killjoy Refs: 0.
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