With today beginning the one year countdown to the London Olympics I suppose it’s quite appropriate that the useless fact I learned today is Olympic related. The modern Olympics began in 1896 in Athens. But did you know there were no gold medals that year? The winners were given silver medals and the runners-up received copper medals. The medals showed head honcho of the Greek Gods, Zeus holding the goddess of victory, Nike on one side and the Acropolis on the other. So I guess it’s also a two for one useless fact offer today if you didn’t know where sportswear giant Nike got their name from! In case you’re interested, and you’ve read this far so you might be, gold medals were first awarded to Olympic winners at the 1904 games in St. Louis.