English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium's museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
A Boer commander challenged his British enemy to a game of cricket during a particularly boring siege en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The association between glasses and being elderly/weak/passive faded when Theodore Roosevelt was regularly photographed wearing his pince-nez glasses. Other famously bespectacled people of the era are the actor Harold Lloyd and the cricket player Ernest Killick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Russel Crowe almost bought a Cricket team during the inception of Indian Premier League tournament in 2007. rediff.com/cricket/report…
Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) was on a cricket team with the authors of Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The person with the highest average test cricket score isn't (as many believe) Don Bradman, but is the little known Andy Ganteaume from Trinidad. He played test cricket once and wasn't picked again after scoring his 112 runs "too slowly". theguardian.com/sport/201…
The first international cricket match in history was played in New York City in 1844 between Canada and the USA. Canada won the match by 23 runs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Over-arm bowling in Cricket was declared legal only in 1864. wisden.com/stories/archiv…
Today I learned about Dolbear's Law which is a formula for using crickets as a thermometer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
The nematomorph parasite attaches itself to a cricket, but needs an aquatic habitat to survive. To achieve this, the parasite induces the cricket into a water dive, which is a suicidal impulse to drown itself. npr.org/transcripts/90230…
The longest cricket test match in history lasted nine days and ended in a draw sahistory.org.za/dated-ev…
Crickets chirping can tell you what the temperature is at night! scientificamerican.com/ar…
In Australian states where the cane toad is common, some "sports" have developed, such as cane toad golf and cane toad cricket, where cane toads are used as balls abc.net.au/news/2005-04-1…
At the end of the Buddy Holly song, "I'm Gonna Love You Too," there's a live cricket chirp that can be heard on the recording. Holly and the group decided to leave it in the song as it was on beat, and his band has only months earlier decided to call themselves The Crickets. snopes.com/fact-check/bud…
In 2014 Guardian made a typo in the title of an article about ranking TV cricket commentators, and had it titled "Wanking the TV commentators". balls.ie/cricket/guardian…
"Peggy Sue," released in 1957, first carried the moniker of Buddy Holly’s niece, Cindy Lou Kaiter. But Jerry Allison, The Crickets’s drummer who co-wrote the song, argued it be named after his girlfriend, Peggy Sue Gerron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peg…
The state bird of Utah is the California Gull and it was picked for eating loads of crickets. pioneer.utah.gov/research…
There is a Pakistan Blind Cricket Council that forms blind cricket teams and organizes games. pbcc.org.pk/
British actor Trevor Howard (known for movies such as The Third Man, Brief Encounter, Gandhi, and Superman), insisted that all his contracts include a clause excusing him from work whenever a cricket Test Match was being played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Potato bugs are legitimately called "Jerusalem Crickets" but despite their common names, these insects are neither true crickets nor true bugs, nor are they native to Jerusalem. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusa…
The term "Hat-Trick" was first coined in cricket, in 1858, to describe H.H. Stephenson's taking three wickets with three consecutive deliveries. Fans held a collection for Stephenson and presented him with a hat, bought with the proceeds. The term was used in print for the first time in 1865. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Horsehair worms are parasites. The can live inside a cricket and control it boosting chemicals in its host's brain. They also eat all cricket's stored-up fat and crickets lose their chirp. kqed.org/science/1937775/…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, was a first-class cricketer. He played 10 games for the MCC between 1900 and 1907, achieving a high score of 43 and taking one wicket. Also, the address 221B Baker street, is just down the road from Cricket's heaven, The Lord's. indiatoday.in/sports/stor…
Crickets are 65%-70% protein whereas beef is 17%-40% protein draxe.com/cricket-flour/
Today I learned about Don Bradman, a cricket player whose batting average was 99.94. A usual batting average in cricket is between 20 and 60. stats.espncricinfo.com/ci…
Today I learned of Prince Frederick (1707-1751), the heir apparent to the British throne, who died at the age of 44. His cause of death was historically attributed to a burst lung abscess, caused by blunt force trauma to the chest delivered by a cricket ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Someone did the math, and for the Noisy Cricket to knock Will Smith back in MiB, the projectile would have to be going up to a speed faster than our galaxy. youtu.be/BdaUbW0_iTc?t=26…
Cricket was the only sport approved by Taliban during their rule of Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afg…
A town in Nevada repels a semi-annual cricket invasion by blasting Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. They were inspired by a story from the 1930s where a woman drove off crickets by using a Chinese gong, then tried rock music with her neighbours blogs.discovermagazine.co…
The first official international game was a cricket match between US and Canada in NYC in 1844 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Crickets can chew through fiberglass window screens. vulcantermite.com/home-pe…
Crickets have the largest testes in the world compared to body ratio - at 14% of their weight - b/c they have a LOT of sex. Highly promiscuous female Mormon crickets also FIGHT TO EAT SPERM (spermatophore). The spermatophore can be 27% of the male's body weight. theconversation.com/if-si…
England, which created the sport of Cricket, hasn't won a single World Cup in 44 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
KFC sponsors a children's version of Cricket in South Africa fittingly called KFC Mini Cricket. order.kfc.co.za/minicrick…
Today I learned about Operation Mole Cricket 19, the largest air battle since the Korean War. In 1982, Israel sent around 90 planes to destroy Syrian SAM Batteries. The Syrian Army sent up about 100 planes to defend. The amount of Syrian jets shot down was 82-86. The amount of Israeli jets shot down was 0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The concept of swing bowling, an essential tool for a fast bowler in cricket was invented by the American Cricketer Bart King. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
A black cat named Peter has a profile on the ESPNcricinfo cricket database espncricinfo.com/england/…
Buddy Holly & The Crickets were the first white band to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, being mistaken for the R&B group The Crickets. Booked for six nights, the crowd began at first to boo, but by the third night the band had won the them over. backstage360.com/1957-bud…
In 1888 a hailstorm in India killed 246 people with hail as large as goose eggs, oranges, and cricket balls. The storm holds the record of being the highest mortality from hail ever recorded to this day. wmo.asu.edu/content/world…
J.M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse, G. K. Chesterton, A. A. Milne, and other notable literary figures played on the same cricket team. And they were terrible. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Lord of the Rings Director, Peter Jackson, orchestrated 20,000 cricket fans during a game's inning breaks in order to produce the sound of the Uruk-hai army in The Two Towers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
On September 11th 2001, after both towers fell, the cricket like chirping heard around ground zero each represented the PASS device of a fallen firefighter. youtube.com/watch?v=oM4CM…
Crickets can provide more nutrition per calorie than beef, they are high in fiber, low in fat, and (depending on the cricket's diet) they can be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Many countries outside the USA and Europe already have bugs on their regular menu. edibleinsects.com/insect-…
In the original story Pinocchio squished the cricket to shut it up. It continued nagging him as a ghost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The male scaly cricket Ornebius Aperta from Australia can have sex more than 50 times, in three to four hours, all with the same female. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
28 of the 30 most watched television events in history are sporting events - 17 are Olympics, 7 are soccer World Cups, 2 are cricket World Cups and 2 are boxing matches. The only non-sporting events in the top 30 are the funeral of Princess Diana and coverage of the September 11th attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Cricket bats used to be hockey stick shaped, until they started throwing the ball at the wicket instead of rolling it along the ground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
$63 million was spent in China on crickets, in 2010. Their purpose? Cricket fighting. amusingplanet.com/2011/11…
The Cricket As A Thermometer...Dolbear’s Law states that if you count the number of time a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, and add 40, it will give you (roughly) the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
When Australia beat England in a cricket match in 1882, a British newspaper published an obituary proclaiming the death of English cricket. The symbolic ashes of its cremation were placed in an urn, and both teams still compete to win them back every two years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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