In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
Clue used to be spelled "clew". This was due to clew meaning "a ball of twine" which was symbolic of following the string through a maze and helping find "the way" or "an answer". quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
Steve Bartman, a fan who in 2003 infamously but inadvertently interfered with a foul ball contributing to the Chicago Cubs' loss in playoffs that year, received a World Series ring when the Cubs won in 2016. wgntv.com/sports/cubs/ste…
A man became a millionaire by selling fake dog balls. Neuticles are prosthetic testicles implanted to help avoid the trauma of altering the pet. A $2800 pair has even been made for an elephant. cnbc.com/2018/05/22/neuti…
Many of the sports/ basketball phrases we use every day - "Slam Dunk", "Air Ball", "No Harm, No Foul", "Throw A Brick", "Garbage Time" etc, were coined by one man - Lakers announcer Chick Hearn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A factor in the fall of Constantinople was a huge cannon called Basilica that was over 8m long, .75m in diameter, and could fire 270kg stone balls over 1.5km. Basilica took 3 hours to reload, and collapsed under its own recoil after 6 weeks of use. It took 60 oxen and 400 men to transport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 1957 at an MLB game a woman was hit by a foul ball. It broke her nose. The game was paused as medics came to tend to her. As they carried her away on a stretcher, play resumed and a foul ball then struck her as she was being carried off by the medics. The second ball broke a bone in her knee. billy-ball.com/2010/04/de…
Today I learned of "Spring-Heeled Jack," an entity in English folklore popular in the Victorian era, the first "sighting," being in 1837. He was described as having the ability to leap over 9ft walls, eyes that resembled "red balls of fire," and a mouth that vomited blue and white flame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
The CIA found games such as Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and even Animal Crossing on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive. They also found anime like Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball. comicbook.com/gaming/news…
James McCormick sold the ADE 651, a fake β€˜bomb detector’, all over the world (specifically Iraq) by purchasing novelty golf ball detectors for less than $20 and reselling it for $5000 each. His scam has cost lives and the β€˜bomb detectors’ are probably still in use today. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2238036…
In 2011, the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were "unsafe" for children, and that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
Up until 1972, tennis balls used to be black and white, and were changed to their neon color today because people had trouble seeing them on television. cnn.com/style/article/art…
Ball boys in football originated in 1905 while William "Fatty" Foulke – 6'4" and 300+ pounds – was Chelsea's goalkeeper. The club placed small boys behind Foulke in order to accentuate his massive frame and intimidate strikers. Eventually the boys started collecting out-of-play balls too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, has ranked swear words into 4 categories: Mild (including cow, damn, ginger, God); Medium (including balls, bollocks, munter, pissed); Strong (including bastard, bellend, knob, prick); and Strongest (only 3 words: cunt, fuck, and motherfucker) digitalspy.com/tv/a809925…
African American architect Paul Williams learned to draw upside down because white clients were uncomfortable sitting next to a black man. He practiced mostly in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The Ancient Chinese could tell the hour of the day by smell. The incense clock had a timed measure of incense attached to a ball, which then dropped from the display. Each section was indicated by a different aroma en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
A top-level Dutch football club signed up an 18-month old for a ten year contract, after his father posted a video of the boy kicking a ball into his toy chest 3 times in a row. After scribbling his signature for the club, the toddler celebrated with a glass of orange juice en.espn.co.uk/football/sp…
Cotton balls in pill bottles don’t preserve quality or freshness in any wayβ€”and, in fact, they might have the opposite effect. rd.com/article/cotton-bal…
Today I learned there is a horse riding game that is a mixture between polo, rugby and Basketball called horse ball. It started not with a ball but with a live duck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Today I learned about Pato, Argentina's national sport. A game played on horseback, combining elements from polo and basketball, where (originally) a live duck was used instead of a ball, hence the name of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The Sun does not "burn", like logs in a fire or paper burning. The Sun glows because it is a very big ball of gas, and a process called nuclear fusion is taking place in its core starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Bob Marley was buried with his Gibson "Les Paul" guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring that had been given to him by the Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia, and a Bible. A month before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
In April 1985, Sports Illustrated ran a story about a prospective baseball pitcher named Sidd Finch, who could throw 168 miles per hour fast ball. Eagle-eyed readers caught on immediately: The first letters in the words of the story's secondary headline spelled out "Happy April Fools' Day." si.com/mlb/2014/10/15/cur…
On Uranus, a 1 kg ball dropped from 10 meters, will fall slower than on Earth, even though the diameter of Uranus is 4 times the diameter of the Earth, and its mass is 14.5 times greater. youtu.be/o93gVt0Wqqc
The largest ball of dryer lint, measuring 4ft 4 in / 132cm high and weighing in at 690lb / 312kg, was certified by Guinness then set on fire dryerventwizard.com/about…
Today I Learned that after Bill Mazeroski hit the only Game 7 World Series walk-off homerun, the boy that retrieved the ball got it signed by him. Bill told him to keep it. The boy promptly used it in neighborhood ball games, and it was lost two weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
During WW2, the United States Air Force conducted strategic bombing on German ball bearing factories. This was believed to reduce the production of machine guns, tanks, planes, artillery, and submarines since they relied heavily on these parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
The Japanese voice artist of Dragon Balls' Goku is 84 years old legend, Masako Nozawa youtube.com/watch?v=SOcyP…
If the earth is the size of a basketball and the moon is the size of a tennis ball, the distance between them is 24 feet. youtube.com/watch?v=8KkQC…
The commonly known lyrics to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" are actually just the chorus. There are two other verses about a young woman who refuses to go on a date with a man unless they go to a baseball game. The song wasn't played at a baseball game until 26 years after it was released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
In a game of roulette at the Monte Carlo Casino on August 18, 1913, the ball fell in black 26 times in a row. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Tree resin (Elastomer or Rubber) was actually used around 1736 to make bouncing balls or to make waterproof shoes. It was then that it was discovered that it could β€œRUB” out pencil marks, hence the name β€œRubber”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
In Billy Madison, Sandler shot the infamous dodgeball scene using a real ball and by throwing it as hard as he could at the kids. They cut the scene after each kid was hit so we wouldn’t see them crying. theplaylist.net/tamra-dav…
Today I learned about a 1994 race for state representative in Wyoming that was decided by a ping-pong ball. State law said tied elections must be settled by drawing lots, so the candidates' names were written on ping-pong balls, and a ball bearing the winner's name was drawn from the governor's cowboy hat. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
19th Century superstar juggler Paul Cinquevalli could juggle three balls while carrying his assistant, a chair and a desk, using his teeth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
For some time, billiard balls were made of nitrocellulose. They had an unfortunate tendency to explode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nit…
The naming system for unearthed dinosaur fossils didn't start until 1758, and that the first named bone was called "Scrotum humanum" -- because it was originally believed to be the ball sack of an ancient giant man bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Today I learned about cross dominance where each hand is better at different activities. Ex: being a lefty when writing but preferring the right hand for throwing a ball etc. learningsuccesssystem.com…
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
The Hairy Ball Theorem states there is no possible way to comb a hairy ball flat without creating a cowlick. micronanoflows.ac.uk/the-…
The Very First Kermit The Frog Puppet Was Made Of An Old Green Coat Creator Jim Henson's Mother Owned, And A Ping Pong Ball Cut In Half. britannica.com/topic/Kerm…
The right whale's huge balls shame even the blue whale - over 1000 pounds per teste, 10x larger than the blue's puny pebbles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
The national sport of Finland is a bat-and-ball game known as Pesapallo. Invented in 1920s, it is quite similar to baseball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pes…
-Wimbledon tennis balls are kept at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmer temperatures make the ball bounce higher and cooler temperatures make the ball bounce lower. To make sure the best tennis balls are used, Wimbledon goes through 54,250 tennis balls. wimbledondebentureholders…
A tour of Pennsylvania towns can start in Virginville, move on to Blue Balls, then Bird-in-Hand, followed Lititz and Jugtown, leading to Beaver (or Big Beaver if you prefer), a stop by Honey Hole and Two Lick Valley, and wrapping up with Mount Joy, Intercourse and Climax. onlyinyourstate.com/penns…
Today I learned of the "thrower's fracture": a rare phenomenon in which a young, otherwise healthy person breaks their upper arm bone in half just by throwing a ball too forcefully. brownemblog.com/blog-1/20…
Lucille Ball was so frightened of birds in the house that she refused to stay in hotels that had pictures of birds and tore down expensive Japanese wallpaper in her house that had birds in its design. Her fear of birds dates to when her father died shortly after a bird flew into the family home. birdspot.co.uk/articles/b…
More than 95% of ball propellant used in United States military small arms manufacturing comes from one unincorporated community in rural Florida with under 4,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Some of the most popular surnames 100 years ago, like Daft, Balls, Smeille, Death and Shufflebottom, are facing extinction due the their rude undertones. The use of the name Cock is down by almost 75%. independent.co.uk/news/uk…

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