by liberal japonicus
Yeah, talking to you Rio Olympics. I was so totally disgusted by the stories, the graft, you know. But it comes on TV and WHAM, I'm watching Ai Fukuhara and Kazumi Ishikawa and Mima Ito against Aryan Germans named Shan and Han, and I'm screaming at the TV.
So a thread for the Olympics. Two interesting articles to mull over
Despite the growing pains, the switch to non-celluloid balls was practically a necessity because of the severe fire hazard posed by celluloid balls. “We can now have a large quantity of balls come by air quickly, and we couldn’t have done that before,” points out Brasfield; previously, containers of celluloid balls had to be delivered by hazmat trucks with flammable solid warnings plastered all over them.
and http://regressing.deadspin.com/this-is-why-there-are-so-many-ties-in-swimming-1785234795 (via a slart like on FB I think)
In a 50 meter Olympic pool, at the current men’s world record 50m pace, a thousandth-of-a-second constitutes 2.39 millimeters of travel. FINA pool dimension regulations allow a tolerance of 3 centimeters in each lane, more than ten times that amount. Could you time swimmers to a thousandth-of-a-second? Sure, but you couldn’t guarantee the winning swimmer didn’t have a thousandth-of-a-second-shorter course to swim.
have at it.