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Summit Up 1-28-13: What will they come up with next?

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world's only daily column that is wondering just what in the world will they come up with next.

We stumbled upon this pretty cool new athletic flooring system - don't roll your eyes too much, trust us this gets better - made of glass that has embedded light fixtures that provide the lines for activities such as basketball, volleyball or squash. What's cool about the system is that the lines glow only for the sport that is being played. So no more volleyball lines on the court when playing basketball. I'm sure you get the idea.

The glass floor was developed by Germany's ASB Systembau GMBH and is designed to emulate a hardwood floor surface.

We don't know about you, but we could see some potential for places like the rec. As some of the less athletically gifted in our group can attest, it's a little bit embarrassing when you think you cut somebody off at the baseline only to see them sail by for a layup because you were actually standing at the edge of the volleyball court.

Millions of Summit Up Readers: Wow, you guys must be really bad at basketball.

Summit Up: We're just saying that all those lines can get a bit confusing.

MSUR: Sounds like a cop out to us.

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Moving on, it seems that today marks the kickoff of a public awareness campaign by Colorado Auto Theft Investigators and Coloradans Against Auto Theft concerning "puffers," cars that are left unattended while idling.

It seems that approximately half of all stolen cars in Colorado have keys left inside, according to a representative from the Colorado State Patrol. So there you have it, don't leave your car running, you might just come back to find that it's gone.

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Transitioning one last time, we decided it might be nice to catch up on some history. More precisely, what happened on Jan. 28 in years past.

It looks like the road got a little steeper for Martin Luther in 1521. The Diet of Worms began on this day 492 years ago, leading to Luther being declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic Church.

Fast forward 27 years and England's Henry VIII kicked the bucket. The ol' king is probably best known for racking up six marriages, but the one thing that always comes to mind for us is the 1965 No.1 hit hit by Herman's Hermits. How could you not love these lyrics:

I'm Henery the Eighth, I am,

Henery the Eighth I am, I am!

I got married to the widow next door,

She's been married seven times before.

And every one was an Henery

It wouldn't be a Willie or a Sam

I'm her eighth old man I'm Henery

Henery the Eighth, I am!

Doesn't that just take you back to road trips with the parental units, crammed into the back of a station wagon with the oldies station playing while your siblings fight over some arbitrary boundary in the seat.

Well, enough reminiscing. It looks like we're just about out of space for today so just one more shoutout from the years gone by: On this day in 1938 the first ski tow began operation on a hill in Vermont.

So there you have it, you're now wiser for having read this column.

Have a great Monday.


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