After the 1900 Olympics, croquet was discontinued because only 1 spectator watched the event

A “forever alone” tale for the ages. You probably know what croquet is. At least, you probably know it’s that game where people hit balls with hammers to make them go through some things on the ground. For the purpose of this article, that’s all you need to know. The (new) Olympics, in their relatively early days, at one point decided to include croquet as a sport. 

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On the Royal Commission

The convening of a royal commission into child sexual abuse is a Good Thing.  But I suspect that this process is likely to get more painful and ugly before it gets any better.

George Pell is arguably one of the least impressive representaives of the institutional church I can think of, because he is seems to prompt in most people the exact opposite of whatever reaction he intends.  Today’s press conference was a case in point.  I am sure in his mind he was intending to show that the Catholic church wholly supported the commission, but he ended up giving a skeevy display of squirminess, finger-pointing and blame-shifting.

Despite that, I do feel for him and his position.  Too many people are taking these terrible tragic tales as an excuse to laugh and point and mock the Catholic church, which is unhelpful.  I have definitely seen some schadenfreude operating - how can anybody contemplate taking any sort of joy from any of this tragedy?

There is no joy in this.

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watchoutthatbowtieohdoctor:

WARNING SPOILER ALERT I KNOW WHO WINS THE THRONE IN THE GAME OF THRONES 

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What is the first thing that goes through your head when they say ‘You know, we can’t do this [Firefly] anymore’?

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carbombgoesboo:

Step 1: Shut up

Step 2: Take my money

I support this message

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wilwheaton:

edwardspoonhands:

HNNG!!

OMG THIS NEEDS TO BE A THING PLEASE MAKE THIS A THING I WILL PAY ALL THE MONIES FOR THIS TO BE A THING.


George Eyser was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics, earning six medals in one day, including three gold and two silver medals.
He was the first known disabled Olympic athlete.
Eyser competed with a wooden prosthesis for a left leg, having lost his real leg after being run over by a train. Despite his disability, he won gold in the vault, an event which then included a jump over a long horse without aid of a springboard.

George Eyser was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics, earning six medals in one day, including three gold and two silver medals.

He was the first known disabled Olympic athlete.

Eyser competed with a wooden prosthesis for a left leg, having lost his real leg after being run over by a train. Despite his disability, he won gold in the vault, an event which then included a jump over a long horse without aid of a springboard.

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