Bede (CE 673-735) referred to the Earth as an β€œorb” and wrote that β€œit is not merely circular like a shield or spread out like a wheel, but resembles more a ball.” This idea was repeated by philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers throughout the Middle Ages. publicmedievalist.com/fla…
If you catch a home run ball from the visiting team at Wrigley Field you are expected to throw it back mlb.com/news/dad-helps-so…
Babe Ruth was the guest of honor at a Harlem fundraiser for the benefit of a local African-American church. Other white celebrities had similarly committed to attend, but only Babe kept his word. He contributed some autographed balls along with twenty bucks out of his pocket baberuthcentral.com/babe-…
In 1982 a line drive foul ball hit a 4 year old boy in the head. Red Sox player Jim Rice scooped up the boy and laid him on the dugout floor so the Red Sox medical team could treat him. When the boy arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later doctors said that Jim's actions saved the boy's life. nola.com/sports/article_f…
In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon - he hit the first one into a crater, and claimed to have smashed the second one "miles and miles and miles". However, recent research has shown that the first ball travelled 24 yards (22 m), and the second ball only 40 yards (37 m) bbc.com/sport/golf/559277…
Lucille Ball was so devastated by the failure of her 1986 sitcom β€œLife with Lucy” that she never again attempted another series or feature film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
Today I learned about Ray Chapman: the only player to die from injury during a MLB game. It was allowed at the time to do anything to the ball from using saliva to dirt, making the ball hard to see. Chapman is believed to not have seen the ball at all which struck him in the head and killed him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Mary Ball Washington, George Washington's mother, was orphaned at 12 and named her son after her guardian, George Eskridge. Her husband, Augustine Washington, died when their son George was 11, and she never remarried. She died of breast cancer in 1789, after George became the president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned a man died in one of those big hamster ball things when it veered off course and he fell into a gorge. theguardian.com/world/201…
At the U.S. Open and other U.S.-based tennis tournaments, the men and women play with different balls; the men play with the slower, heavy-duty felt while the women play with the faster, regular-duty felt thestar.com/sports/tennis…
Ships' compasses in binnacles needed to have two huge balls of steel known as (Lord) Kelvin's balls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin…
That the average ball point pen can write for 900m, BIC (cristal) pens have 2.5km of ink and Selter pens have 4-5km. There is also the Fisher Infinium pen that supposedly will not run out in your life time. blog.penvibe.com/how-far-…
In 1957 Richie Ashburn of The Phillies hit a foul ball into the stands that struck fan Alice Roth, breaking her nose. Roth was carried off on a stretcher, and was hit again by another foul ball from Ashburn. The two become friends, and Roth's son later served at the Phillies batboy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire), disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley (Urban Cowboy/Country Singer) are cousins and grew up playing music together. All were first married prior to turning 18 to girls younger than them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low" is a sanitized version of the more vulgar song "Do Your Balls Hang Low?" which is said to have been sung by British Soldiers during WW1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_…
There is a water reservoir in Los Angeles that is covered with black plastic balls to block the sun and reduce evaporation and so conserve water. abcnews.go.com/US/los-ang…
Air rifles are commonly called "BB Guns" because the metallic ball projectiles they fire are approximately the same size as BB-size lead birdshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BB_…
A newspaper in Nuremberg in 1561 described an April 14 one-hour-long dawn battle between red and black balls and rods and crosses in the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/156…
There is a kind of percussion instrument called a cabasa which has loops of chains of small steel balls wrapped around a wide cylinder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
Japanese Honeybees have adapted to kill Murder Hornets by vibrating together in a ball around the hornet and using their combined body heat to cook it alive insider.com/murder-hornet…
Poe's Masque of the Red Death was inspired by a masquerade ball held in Paris during the height of a global cholera epidemic. Over 2000 attended, including a man dressed as the Personification of Cholera. biography.com/news/edgar-…
Before 1952 golfers couldn't mark their ball on the green, even if it interfered with another player's putt usga.org/articles/2016/07…
In the sea between Australia and New Zealand, there's an island taller than it is wide. Ball's Pyramid only measures 300m across, yet peaks at 562m in elevation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Egyptians' sun god Khepri was scarab-faced because they believed that in the same way as the beetle pushes large balls of dung along the ground, Khepri moved the newly-born sun across the sky en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khe…
It is theoretically possible to deconstruct a solid ball in to pieces and getting two identical copies of the original after putting them back together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Today I learned that conservationists recycle Wimbledon tennis balls as predator-proof shelters for Harvest Mice (The mice you see pictured sleeping in tulips). amusingplanet.com/2015/08…
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…
Today I learned of Valentin Bondarenko, the first soviet cosmonaut to die. He suffered severe burn injuries from an accidental fire caused by throwing an alcohol-doused cotton ball on a hot plate inside an oxygen-rich isolation chamber after a 15 day experiment, just 3 weeks prior to Gagarin’s space flight. military.wikia.org/wiki/V…
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…
Since 1995 Jack In The Box has sold or given away 22 million Jack Antenna Balls. jackintheboxinc.com/faqs
Edward Baker is the only US Senator ever killed in battle. His death in the disastrous Union defeat at Ball's Bluff in 1861 prompted Congress to create the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, which would lead to political infighting for the rest of the conflict. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Wimbledon tennis balls are kept at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) because the temperature affects how high the ball bounces, if the ball is warm, the ball bounces high, if the ball is cold, the ball bounces low, so they keep it at the ideal temperature, which is 20 degrees C (68 F) wimbledondebentureholders…
Somalia has numerous uniquely shaped coins that are legal tender - including fully "3D" coins in the shapes of cubes, balls, pyramids, tubes, and cones; coins shaped like dogs, bears, buffaloes, and antelopes, all with colour animal drawings; and coins in motorbike shapes with colour pieces advanceloan.net/blog/25-b…
The orange balls on power lines are called visibility marker balls (or just marker balls, for short), and they help make power lines more obvious to low-flying aircraft like planes and helicopters. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A British company rebranded a golf ball locator device and sold it to several various militaries, and clamed it could detect explosive devices. In 2013, the inventor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud. The device was a form of dowsing rod, and profited about Β£1.35 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
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…
Corinthian FC (1882-1939) were famed for their sportsmanship and fair play. They believed a gentleman would never commit a deliberate foul - so if a penalty was awarded against them, their goalkeeper would stand aside, and if they won a penalty, they would chip the ball over the crossbar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The 'beach ball' or 'wait' cursor on the Mac is originally from the NeXT line of computers and represents a spinning optical drive. These drives were slow, so users often saw the cursor. Originally black and white, it was later updated to reflect the bright rainbow surface of optical disks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
If the atomic nucleus were a pingpong ball (r ~ 1cm), its electrons would be in orbits about a kilometer away. casswww.ucsd.edu/archive/…
170,000 bouncy balls were once launched down a hill in San Francisco to film a commercial for a Sony LCD TV youtu.be/bPTaWwzi8Iw?t=19…
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…
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…
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…
Early proposals for raising the Titanic back to the ocean's surface included filling it up with ping-pong balls, injecting 180,000 tonnes of vaseline into it, and turning the ship itself into an iceberg. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned about the Rat Park experiment by Canadian psychologist Bruce Alexander. He built a Rat Park with food, balls and wheels for certain male and female rats while the other rats were caged. After offering tap water and morphine water to each group he found that caged rats consumed more morphine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
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…
Despite being very common in fictional works, historical information about ball-and-chain flails is scarce. A few doubt they existed at all due to the number of pieces in museums that turned out to be forgeries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
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…
Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon inspired the Dragon Ball manga/anime franchise and Street Fighter video game franchise. It’s also the most successful action-spy movie that isn’t a part of the James Bond films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
, the full lyrics to the song 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is about a woman who wants to see a baseball game rather than go on a date to see a show. Historians believe the lyrics were inspired by Jack Norworth's feminist girlfriend Trixie Friganza smithsonianmag.com/histor…

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