People love counting down the days til Christmas, and while that’s all well and good—it ’tis the season—there’s another countdown underway across the pond. Of course you probably know this already, but there’s something like 589 days until the 2012 London Olympics commence.

BBC London, for one, is already counting down. Recently, the BBC visited the London Olympic slalom canoeing venue and it would appear it’s already in a nice state of readiness. See for yourself »

Old stuff is cool. But this little tidbit originating out of Cornwall, England, is wicked cooler—transcendent even.

According to a recent report in the Cornish Guardian, officials from Cornwall’s National Maritime Museum recently took possession of what may be the oldest canoe in the whole wide world.

Made of birch bark and believed to be of Native American origin, the canoe is in a rough state of repair at the moment; it had been, after all, sitting in a barn in England since the late 1700s before it was recognized as a historical artifact. Once restored, the vessel will be displayed at the Cornwall museum and then returned to Canada. The canoe was brought to Britain from Canada by Lt. John Enys after he fought in the American War of Independence in 1776, according to the story. Like we said, wicked cool.