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  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    When I was a kid, I had a crush on Bettina Bunge. After I met her, I decided to ask my tennis coach to teach me her slice backhand. I had already modeled my topspin backhand and forehand after Ivan Lendl, and people still laugh today and ask if I was a Lendl fan.

    Today, I was amazed when someone asked if I copied my slice backhand from Bettina Bunge. When I returned home, I went to the internet to remember what her backhand looked like, and there were almost no Bettina Bunge photos available on Google Images.

    It is pretty easy to covert old negatives to digital and post them, but when it comes to tennis, few people seem to do this. I am surprised there are not more pre-digital era tennis photos on the internet. In Bunge's case, there isn't much video, either.
     
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  2. slice bh compliment

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    ^Cool^
    Bettina Bunge was a fine lady and she played the beautiful game. A blonde Goolagong, almost.

    I liked women's tennis back then. I remember naturally rooting against the Jeager, Evert, Austin axis....rooting for people like Bunge, Goolagong, Navtratilova, Mandlikova, Turnbull, and BJ King.

    Mike, I bet you still wear a lot of adidas, consciously or subconsciously bc of Lendl and Bunge.
     
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    Yelling at someone "I am the customer and I am not happy! Are you trying to tell me that you are not going to do anything about that?" apparently gets you nothin'!
     
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    some women can 'spritz' at the most opportune of moments...ain't dat right CC?

    LOL
     
  5. Sentinel

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    This won't be useless 3 billion years from now, i assure you, so read on ...

    Astronomers are announcing today that they have discovered 33 pairs of waltzing black holes in distant galaxies. This result is being presented by Dr. Julia Comerford of the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC.
    This result is particularly important because it shows that supermassive black hole pairs are more common than previously known from observations, and because the black hole pairs can be used to estimate how often galaxies merge with each other.

    Astronomical observations have shown that


    1) nearly every galaxy has a central supermassive black hole (with a mass of a million to a billion times the mass of the Sun), and



    2) galaxies commonly collide and merge to form new, more massive galaxies. As a consequence of these two observations, a merger between two galaxies should bring two supermassive black holes to the new, more massive galaxy formed from the merger. The two black holes gradually inspiral toward the center of this galaxy, engaging in a gravitational tug-of-war with the surrounding stars.



    The result is a black hole dance, choreographed by Newton himself. Such a dance is expected to occur in our own Milky Way Galaxy in about 3 billion years, when it collides with the Andromeda Galaxy.
    Astronomers expect there to be many such waltzing supermassive black holes in the Universe, but until recently only a handful had been found. Dr. Comerford and her colleagues announce the discoveries of 33 new pairs of waltzing supermassive black holes, which help alleviate the discrepancy between the expected and observed
    numbers of black hole pairs.


    http://spacefellowship.com/news/art17624/astronomers-discover-waltzing-black-holes.html
     
  6. CanadianChic

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    You better believe it babe! I knew that one had your name all over it. ;)
     
  7. Dedans Penthouse

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    - i am going for number 2 at the toilet now
    - oprah weighed 95k at one point in her life (recent years)
     
  11. Sentinel

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    Have a good one :-D

    Off to lunch, my fav dish on today.
     
  12. Sentinel

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    The most useless (and funny) feature Google has added to gmail.

    New in Labs: "Got the wrong Bob?" and "Don't forget Bob"



    Ever included Bob (your boss) instead of Bob (your friend) on an email by accident? Oops! Turn on "Got the wrong Bob?" and Gmail will check if you meant to include Bob Smith rather than Bob Jones based on the groups of people you email most often.


    With "Don't forget Bob," you can start composing an email to a group of people, and Gmail will suggest other contacts you might want to include. Check out these experimental features and more on the Labs tab under Settings.
     
  13. malakas

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    Quipu or the "talking knots" were threads used as a mnemonic device for the ancient Inkas to remember numbers.They haven't been deciphered yet.
     
  14. dropshot winner

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    Great list.

    I wonder how the one with chewing gum and onions works...

    And I'm pretty sure that the one with the tonge muscle is wrong, strongest muscle to my knowledge is the one that moves the jaw.
     
  15. dropshot winner

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    I heard about those, must suck to even try to deciper something like:
    *knot* *no knot* *small knot* *slightly larger knot* *no knot*
     
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  16. Sentinel

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    I hear the talking knots can tell you the value of pi to a million decimals.
     
  17. Sentinel

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    Definately an interesting job, but I wouldn't call the south pole the most beautiful part of the world...

    What about your criminal background, did you rob a bank? :)
     
  20. Mike Bulgakov

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    I enjoy Sentinel's useless information, and I had eggplant Parmesan at a North Beach restaurant tonight.
     
  21. malakas

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    No,he used to smuggle eggplant over the border in the 90s.:(

    I know a lot of useless stuff so here is one more:
    Recent study has proved that there is as much chance finding romantic love in London as there is for an alien civilization to exist in our galaxy.

    Hmmm.:/
     
  22. dropshot winner

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    Lack of sleep is more deadly than lack of food. It takes 10 days without sleep until you die, starving takes a few weeks.

    85% of the humain brain is water.
     
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    I guess that tells us that both London and the Milky Way are pretty big?
     
  24. malakas

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    No,this tells us we're pretty much screWed.:( sorry.
    It also tells us,that love is like an alien and that the scientists who made this are probably single.:)
     
  25. dropshot winner

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    I read somewhere that it's likely that there are millions of planets with alien lifeforms, just because of the sheer numbers of suns and planets (about as many as we have grains of sand on earth).

    2nd part I agree with, whoever wasted time with a study like that must feel pretty lonely.
     
  26. Sentinel

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    I am off to watch Dementieva vs Henin (telly). Love both, hard to decide whom to root for.

    Thanks, malakas, for exposing my criminal activities in public !
     
  27. Mike Bulgakov

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    Sentinel's eggplant trafficking is legendary. Triads, Yakuza, Russian mob, Irish mob, Italian mafia, and Punjabi organized crime study his nefarious methods. Sentinel's eggplant empire is unmatched!
     
  28. Mike Bulgakov

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    I had a salmon boxty at an Irish pub in San Francisco today.
     
  29. malakas

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    It's the first day of snow today.
     
  30. Sentinel

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    Malakas, er Maracos, er Marcos retired today.
     
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    Many hotel rooms in Beijing and Moscow are equipped with extremely hard to detect visual and audio surveillance equipment. Corporate and scientific espionage are among the many reasons for accessorizing hotel rooms with microphones and cameras.
     
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    American Bernard Lagat ran a blistering last quarter-mile to overtake Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop and win a record-setting eighth Wanamaker Mile at the 103rd Millrose Games indoor meet.

    Kenyan-born Lagat burst past Kiprop on the last lap to win in 3:56.34 and break his tie with Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for most victories in Madison Square Garden's mile race.

    Kiprop clocked 3:58.03 to finish second, ahead of Britain's Andy Baddeley in 3:58.09.

    After a victory lap before a cheering Garden crowd of 11,510, Lagat found Coghlin on the side of the track and gave him a warm embrace.

    ...
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/30012010/58/record-wanamaker-mile-win-lagat.html
     
  34. Sentinel

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    Over 30 competitors in the Xiamen International Marathon in China have been disqualified after officials caught them cheating.

    Race organisers found video footage that revealed some runners had carried the time-recording microchips of others so that one runner would register two or more results on passing the finish line. Others made their way around at least some of the course in vehicles, while some hired imposters.

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/21012...s-caught-hitching-lifts-hiring-imposters.html
     
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  36. Xenakis

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    Not entirely useless facts I noticed the other day...

    The current exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and British Sterling is almost the golden ratio (1.618)

    So is the relationship between miles and kilometres.

    Can be quite handy if you know the fibonacci sequence to convert from one to the other (roughly.)
     
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    it's impossible to lick your elbow
     
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    ^^^not if you are gene simmons
     
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    chuck norris cant lick his elbow but he can stare at it and it will touch his tounge
     
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    Now little Jada will still have her mother to play with, even when Kim Clijsters is off competing in Grand Slam tournaments. The tennis star was immortalized as a Barbie doll Wednesday, and her daughter Jada is also now available in a mini-version of the doll phenomenon that has spanned generations.
     
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    Heavy internet use linked to depression

    Ivan Lendl will play his first exhibition since he retired from tennis 16 years ago in a new Atlantic City event. Organizers announced on Tuesday that the first Caesars Tennis Classic will be played on April 10 at Boardwalk Hall.

    Lendl will play former nemesis Mats Wilander, while Andy Roddick will face recently retired Marat Safin. A third match will be announced later.


    Martina Hingis can’t help but contemplate yet another comeback when she sees the success Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are having after being away from tennis.
    “There’s a spark,” Hingis said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
    But she also said she would rule out the possibility of a return to the tour “at this point,” primarily ...
     
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    senti that's not funny...

    The head of the second wife of Picasso-Zacqueline was sold for 9.3 million euros twice the expected.
     
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    bulls.:rolleyes:
     
  46. Mike Bulgakov

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    We all know you are the longtime TT poster "cow obstetrics," Roger. How is Juliette doing?
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    The height of Mount Fuji is 3,776 metres (12,388 feet).
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    haven't you heard mike?Julliete.. is ..dead![​IMG]

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    The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC.

    Professor Anvita Abbi said that the death of Boa Sr was highly significant because one of the world's oldest languages - Bo - had come to an end.



    She said that India had lost an irreplaceable part of its heritage.
    Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old.
    The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8498534.stm
     
  50. slice bh compliment

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    Wow, they named one of the Andamanese tribal groupings after you! Sentinelese.
     

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