Friday, February 29, 2008


from wikipedia:

A fungo bat is specially designed bat used by baseball and softball coaches for practice purposes. The bat is not designed to hit thrown or pitched balls, rather it is designed to hit balls tossed up in the air. Typical fungo bats are 35–37 inches long and weigh 17–22 ounces. Coaches hit many balls during fielding practice and the weight and length allow for the coach to hit balls repeatedly with high accuracy.

From the article on Bats

The Millennium Falcon

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A 14th Century Illustration of Vomiting


From the Tacuinum Sanitatis, a medieval handbook on wellness.

Wikimedia commons has over 70 images from the Tacuinum Sanitatis.

Durian - the King of Fruits!

The durian (IPA: [ˈdu.ɹi.ən]) is the fruit of trees of the genus Durio belonging to the Malvaceae, a large family which includes hibiscus, okra, cotton, mallows and linden trees. Widely known and revered in Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits,"[1] the fruit is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. (more...)

Baron von Steuben

The Baron

from wikipedia:

Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben (September 17, 1730 – November 28, 1794) was a German-Prussian army officer who served as inspector general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with teaching the Continental Army the essentials of military drill and discipline, helping to guide it to victory. He wrote the book that became the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812, and served essentially as General George Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the war.

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Wilford Brimley

from wikipedia:

Allen Wilford Brimley (September 27, 1934) is an American actor.