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January 31, 2014

Why a prolate spheroid?

1967 Green Bay Packers The Duke Football

It turns out that the football was never truly designed, it just sort of happened. According to Henry Duffield, a man who witnessed a game between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869, largely considered to be the first intercollegiate game:
“The ball was not an oval but was supposed to be completely round. It never was, though — it was too hard to blow up right. The game was stopped several times that day while the teams called for a little key from the sidelines. They used it to unlock the small nozzle which was tucked into the ball, and then took turns blowing it up. The last man generally got tired and they put it back in play somewhat lopsided.” How Did the Pigskin Get Its Shape? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 31, 2014 9:26 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Every time someone says "I like to watch The Super Bowl for the commercials" a Feminists gets her wings, or broom, or army boots.

Posted by: Scott M at January 31, 2014 1:17 PM

That shape makes it easier for the monkey to f*ck.

Posted by: chasmatic at February 1, 2014 8:59 PM

The Super Bowl is that one day where America gets to shatter the collective diet and eat foods and drink potables forbidden by the dietary police, wives and National Pussy, Michelle.

Posted by: Peccable at February 2, 2014 6:11 AM

Where can I find free karaoke songs?

Posted by: muzyczka at March 7, 2014 2:22 AM

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