DailyDirt: Olympic Trivia

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Just in case you haven’t gotten enough information on the Olympics, there are a ton of stories digging up random trivia about the games. (Or maybe you think everyone should be more interested in a robot on Mars.) But if you’re looking for some bits of Olympic trivia, here are just a few examples.

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Wally (profile) says:

“The shuttlecocks in Badminton can reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour. Strangely, the best shuttlecocks are made from goose feathers — plucked only from the left wing of the bird, for no particular good reason.”

Well, I think that the reason I can logically think of using the feathers of the left wing only is so that the shuttlecock spins in one direction so it can be aimed straight like a riffle bullet or spun like an American Football ball.

ethorad (profile) says:

Clarifications:

Badminton shuttlecocks can reach up to 300mph

Granted they can, but not if you play for China, South Korea or Indonesia who play a much more leisurely game … (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics#Women.27s_doubles_disqualifications)

Guor Marial’s unique position as an independent

He’s not that unique – there are four at the 2012 olympics, three from the Dutch Antilles which has been dissolved and thus has no Olympic Committee, and one (Guor) from South Sudan who has yet to form an Olympic Committee. This has happened in the past with East Timor in 2000 and Yugoslavia in 1992 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Olympic_Athletes_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics)

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