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Explaining Cricket

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Springtime turns American minds to college basketball, but the world is not watching. No, everyone else is fixated on the Cricket World Cup, going on right now, which brags a TV viewership of 1.85 billion.

Hating to be left out, my wife wanted to know what the fixation was, and she challenged my knowledge of the game, which my brain kept interpreting as an insect. Together, we spelunked down the YouTube rabbit hole, only to get more confused the more we tried to understand. Here's what we learned:

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Tactical cutlery


The Buck 941 Travelmate Kit Chocolate Paperstone Knife is a tactical spreading knife with a clip-on multispork.

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Long-exposure shot of a rock-climber wearing glowsticks


Redditor Shatteredankle went rock-climbing with glowsticks affixed to wrists and ankles, and took a long-exposure shot of the result -- gorgeous.

WATCH: Adrian Lewis' perfect nine-dart finish at 2015 World Championships

Adrian Lewis accomplished a rare televised perfect nine-dart finish at the 2015 PDC World Darts Championships this week. Even if you know nothing about darts, it's pretty cool!

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Redskins owner sues Native Americans who testified on racism to Trademark Office

Having lost his trademark over its overt racism, Daniel Snyder has taken the unusual step of suing the five Native American people who testified before the US Patent and Trademark Office hearing, which led to the finding that Snyder's team's name was "disparaging to Native Americans."

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Nobody wants to host the 2022 Olympics


The only bids remaining are Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing (which has no mountains) -- all the other states that had bid have pulled out following devastating popular opposition (the remaining cities are in countries where the public doesn't get a vote).

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Amazing marching band performance of The Wizard of Oz

On Saturday, Ohio State University's marching band performed this fantastic tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Video: billiards trick shots

Amazing trick shots by Ziemowit Janaszek.

History of mountain biking

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Collectors Weekly looks at the birth of mountain biking and the legendary 1976 Repack race in Marin, California:

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New wind-tunnel tests find surprising gains in cycling efficiency from leg-shaving

A 1987 wind-tunnel trial established that leg-shaving was basically useless, used a miniature leg-model with hair glued to it for its control; when the experiment was re-run this year with a human leg, the savings were a whopping seven percent.

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Leather boxing glove chair


Lithuanian maker Ornald created this Boxing Glove leather chair, and he's selling it for $808. It ships unfilled, so you'll have to top it up with polystyrene beads on arrival. (via Neatorama)

Sportsfans offered toilet-seat made of mystery meat & beer-cheese


The Horse Collar is a $20 monster kielbasa sold at the Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field, intended for consumption by two persons ("If you can tackle this one alone, you're a champ" -Lambeau Field executive chef Heath Barbato).

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Telerobotic baseball fans

Korea's Hanwha Eagles baseball team have installed rows of telerobot "fans" in the stadium that are controlled by remote spectators. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)

Philosopher referee hand-signals

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(via Bruce Sterling)

The Robin Van Persie World Cup goal score as a flipbook animation

It's an ad for Stabilo pens, but what a wonderful ad! [via Reddit, HT: Dean Putney]

RoboCop throws out first pitch

It was RoboCop Day in Detroit yesterday and the man-machine threw the ceremonial first pitch at last night's Detroit Tigers game, although sadly it wasn't Peter Weller in the suit (nor Joel Kinnaman); meanwhile, the city's crowdfunded RoboCop bronze statue is slated for completion later this year.

HOWTO: Post-bureaucratic flotsam kayak


Johntonta grew weary of the meaningless modern round of office slavery, so he created a kayak made from desk-lumber, a business-suit skin, computer-wire lashings. He documented the Post-bureaucratic jetsam kayak on Instructables so you too can sail away on the careless seas.

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New footage of FDR walking

A new bit of footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt walking, a rare sight after he was paralyzed by polio, was publicly shown for the first time; the clip was shot in 1937 at Washington, DC's Griffith Stadium by baseball player Jimmie DeShong.

Video: extreme pogo sticking

XPogo presents "Cooligans," a montage of pogo stick insanity.

Table tennis robot

Update: switched out the cheesy and substantially faked tennis robot ad for an actual, honest-to god tennis robot that can actually play table tennis.

Enjoy this table tennis match fought out by German champion Timo Boll, a robot, and irremediable cinematic pretension. [Video Link] Previously.

Jamaican bobsled team's 8-bit style music video

As usual with these things, it's really 16-bit style, but it's fantastic, so who cares? [YouTube]

AT-ATs versus the Olympics

This is the only footage from Sochi that you really need to watch: when the AT-ATs of Russia attacked the skiers, it was sheer, Olympian magic. Watch it now before the IOC exercises its right to humorlessly obliterate anything that interferes with the corporate integrity of its celebration of human potential and indifference to human rights.

Star Wars OL (via Kottke)

BBC olympic snowboarding coverage awesome

"Like an alligator giving birth: very rare." Naturally, there have been complaints.

Superbowls bring cities between $0 and $120M in economic activity, not $600M

Cities spend millions to court the Superbowl, offering tax-exemptions for Superbowl employees, building fancy stadiums, paying cops and municipal workers to secure the site, and more. The Superbowl claims that this is a good investment: they say a city can expect to bring in $600 million in local economic activity from the big game.

But independent economists who investigate that number find it very, very suspicious. For one thing, the majority of money spent at a Superbowl is spent in the Superbowl, or on goods that are manufactured under license from the Superbowl, and the lion's share of that money leaves town with the Superbowl. One economist, Holy Cross professor Victor Matheson, compares this to "an airplane landing at an airport and everyone gets out and gives each other a million bucks, then gets back on the plane. That's $200 million in economic activity, but it's not any benefit to the local economy."

The Superbowl's own methodology for calculating local spending sucks. Other economists put the figure at between $0 million and $120 million. Not chump change, but also a lot less profitable than previously suspected, especially when you factor in the costs to the city of putting on a Superbowl.

Still, when you compare the numbers with the absolute gouging that World Cup cities endure (Brazil will spend over $13B on theirs), the Superbowl looks positively benign by comparison.

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Smoke-a-Bowl tees commemorate a Superbowl between two legal pot states, and raise money for NORML


Kyle from Bumperactive writes, "On February 2, Washington and Colorado, the first two States to legalize recreational marijuana, compete in... The Smoke-A-Bowl! Bumperactive is celebrating the historic event with a special edition of three Smoke-A-Bowl IVXX tees, and a sticker set. $5.00 from the sale of every tee, and $2.00 from every sticker pack, benefits the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). 'Cause it ain't just about feelin' groovy. It's also about ending half a century of disastrous and inhumane drug control policy. We're 4% of the way there. Orders ship via USPS next business day!"

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Vibram golf-shoe


The photo above depicts an alleged new Vibram golf-shoe with two-tone uppers and individual toe-pockets. It's not clear whether this is real or rumor, nor am I sure whether this is terrible or wonderful. It is one of those liminal things, all right.

The "toe-shoe" folks at Vibram will launch a #golf shoe line in mid-February. (via Super Punch)

Haunted by drones

Call me juvenile, but watching a drone in a banshee costume chasing joggers just about made my day.

Tennis pro collapses after seeing Snoopy on the court

Canadian tennis pro Frank Dancevic collapsed on the court during the Australian Open yesterday when temperatures went above 105 degrees fahrenheit. "I was dizzy from the middle of the first set and then I saw Snoopy and I thought, 'Wow Snoopy, that's weird,'" Dancevic said. He was actually volleying with Woodstock. Dancevic called the conditions "inhumane." (The Guardian)

Harding/Kerrigan: twenty years later

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It's been twenty years since Tonya Harding's crew had Nancy Kerrigan cracked in the knee, spurring the most lurid, sensational, and bizarre brouhaha in the history of figure skating. Over at Bleacher Report, Matt Crossman spoke to many of the scandal's biggest stars, including Shane Stant, the man who was paid $6,500 to knock Kerrigan out of the Olympics:

It all started when Stant's phone rang a day or two before Christmas 1993. His uncle, Derrick Smith, called to ask if Stant, then 22, would hurt somebody for money. Pressed for specifics, Smith asked if Stant would "take down a skater,'' according to Stant's FBI confession.

Stant asked for more details. A man named Shawn Eckardt called and said it would involve slicing the skater's Achilles tendon. Stant said no. He wouldn't cut anybody. They settled on injuring the person enough so she could not skate.

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Trench-run in a wingsuit

Brian Drake donned a wingsuit atop the ENSA ski-run in Couloir, France, and then did a ground-skimming trench-run that left me half-terrified, half-tingling in sympathy. Wish they'd shown the landing, though.

Is this the Closest a Wingsuit Pilot Has Ever Flown to the Ground? (via Kottke)