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Next Tuesday, the 29th, will be the last game of the season, before our August Recess. That made tonight’s game the penultimate game of the season. With no Mistress Daphne available to moderate the game and a busy restaurant to manage, Darin thought it best to make tonight an evening of Dollar Questions.

There were a number of winners, hence the happy faces and fanned dollar bills. We were joined by our young friends, “the Goalie” and “the Goal”, who are about to start grad school. They were close on a couple of questions, but look like they may made need a bit more education before they become winners here.

Tonight we learned that cheese is the food that dieters find the most difficult to give up, and that cigarettes are the product with the most customer brand loyalty. But for a real bit of trivia try this: pre-war Japanese censors removed 800,000 feet of movie film involving what activity?
Kissing, of course. Bet you were thinking of something a bit more risque.

When I think of Japanese film, I think of Kurosawa. Here is Kurosawa’s Samurai Shogun Epic Battle in “Ran”, it is absolutely amazing:

Good Question!: What is the Fastest Racket sport in the world?

Answer: Surprisingly, badminton turned out to be the fastest racket sport.

Ask people what the fastest racquet sport in the world is and it is likely that most would say tennis, or even squash. Few would come up with badminton, but those who did would be right.

A shuttlecock, struck by one of the top players in the world with a modern racquet, can travel up to 200 mph. Not bad for a piece of equipment made from sticking goose feathers into a piece of cork.

The sport is extremely demanding. The shuttle travels so fast that players have to possess superb reflexes to keep it in play, together with awesome stamina. Top players have been known to cover up to four miles in a single match. Players must be extremely agile and light on their feet to counter the unpredictable flight of the shuttle. Rallies last for much longer than tennis – about ten shots more on average – and the shuttle is in play for roughly double the time.

So those who dismiss it as a genteel game involving delicate pats back and forth over a net could not be more wrong.

Badminton is similar to tennis in that the court possesses tramlines acting as boundaries and a net, which is 150 cm high. In singles, the players will try to make their opponent move across the whole court, measuring 44 ft by 17 ft, forcing them out of position in order to deal the killer blow. The players are so agile that most points are won by errors, such as hitting the net or going outside the court boundaries, rather than extravagant winners being hit.

A badminton match contains three games and the first player or team to win two games takes the match. A game, in the doubles and men’s singles, is won by the first to reach 15 points, but only if they are two points clear. If a match reaches 14 points all, then the players can choose to ‘set’, which means the first person or team that reaches 17 wins the game. If the players choose not to ‘set’ then the game finishes at the usual point. Points can only be scored on a serve, while the receiving side seeks solely to win the right to serve. (news.bbc.co.uk)

Here’s the US Men’s Singles – 2014 Badminton US Open – Tien Minh Nguyen vs Wong Wing K:

 

 

 

 

 

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