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Finnish Baseball (Pesäpallo)

In the early 20th century, a Finnish man named Lauri “Tahko” Pihkala sought to create a distinctive game that would resonate with his fellow Finns.

Drawing inspiration from American baseball, Pihkala devised the basis of Pesäpallo, a sport that would soon capture the hearts of the nation.

This is the field:

Pesapallo field

The pitcher stands next to the batter and throws the ball straight up.
If the batter hits it, he runs to his left to 1st base, then back to the right for 2nd.  Crossing back over, he will get to 3rd (which is a score).
If he runs home, that is an additional score.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Farrago Friday
farrago, [fuh-rah-goh, -rey-] noun. a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley

Courtesy of NASA at

Jupiter over 2 Hours and 30 Minutes
Image Credit & License: Aurélien Genin
Explanation: Jupiter, our Solar System’s ruling gas giant, is also the fastest spinning planet, rotating once in less than 10 hours. The gas giant doesn’t rotate like a solid body though. A day on Jupiter is about 9 hours and 56 minutes long at the poles, decreasing to 9 hours and 50 minutes near the equator. The giant planet’s fast rotation creates strong jet streams, separating its clouds into planet girdling bands of dark belts and bright zones. You can easily follow Jupiter’s rapid rotation in this sharp sequence of images from the night of January 15, all taken with a camera and small telescope outside of Paris, France. Located just south of the equator, the giant planet’s giant storm system, also known as the Great Red Spot, can be seen moving left to right with the planet’s rotation. From lower left to upper right, the sequence spans about 2 hours and 30 minutes.


Dad puts on 260 t-shirts after son asks him if he can set a record

The most t-shirts worn at once is 260, and was achieved by Ted Hastings (Canada) in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on 17 February 2019.

The idea came after Ted was looking through Guinness World Records 2019 with his children, Avery, 14, and William, 11, when his young son asked him whether he could set an official Guinness World Records title.

Seeing this as a great opportunity to teach his children an important lesson about hard work, commitment, and follow through, Ted replied optimistically and set out to transform this idea into a reality.

Ted wore shirts ranging from medium up to 20X to break the Guinness World Records title, and hoped to raise money for a school playground.

Farrago Friday: Bacon-Fried Oreos — would you??

farrago, [fuh-rah-goh, -rey-] noun.  a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley

Welcome to Farrago Friday on this Summer Solstice!

What will you do on this longest day of the year?  What will you eat?

How ’bout Bacon-Fried Oreos?  I love bacon and I am fond of Oreos.  I’m not sold on combining them in any way though.  How about you?  Would you make these?  Have you made these?  Have you ever eaten one?  Would you?

My stomach hurts just reading how to make them.

Now you know about Bacon-Fried Oreos.

You’re welcome.

~Bacon Fried OREOS!


Farago Friday: Time Lapse of a Microburst

Tucson Wet Microburst (Slow Motion) | August 8th, 2015 from Bryan Snider Photography on Vimeo.

Check out this time lapse of a microburst over Tucson.

Weather: 1, Umbrellas: 0

farrago, [fuh-rah-goh, -rey-] noun. a confused mixture; hodgepodge