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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by bad hammy View Post
    Next year the US Foot is retiring.
    Seems appropriate, under the circumstances.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Sad!

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  • bad hammy
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    Speaking of feet v meter, it turns out that since 1959 there have been two official feet - the US Foot and the International Foot. Next year the US Foot is retiring.

    The first foot is the old U.S. survey foot from 1893. The second is the newer, shorter and slightly more exact international foot from 1959, used by nearly everybody except surveyors in some states. The two feet differ by about one hundredth of a foot (0.12672 inches) per mile — that’s two feet for every million feet — an amount so small that it only adds up for people who measure over long distances.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/s...p_id=890923944

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    "Love is measured in . . . feet."
    Are you a podophile? 😀

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  • Halfmiler2
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

    Indeed Ryun would still be WR holder in the Egg and Spoon Mile if he had only trained for it.


    The fastest mile egg and spoon race is 5 min 27 sec achieved by Stefan Ritte (Germany) at Lake Aasee in Bocholt Hills, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 14 September 2013.

    https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com...and-spoon-race
    But he still would not get a Medal of Freedom for it.

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  • Atticus
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    "Love is measured in . . . feet."

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  • gh
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    https://twitter.com/PrimeVideo/statu...67725057654785

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Indeed Ryun would still be WR holder in the Egg and Spoon Mile if he had only trained for it.
    The fastest mile egg and spoon race is 5 min 27 sec achieved by Stefan Ritte (Germany) at Lake Aasee in Bocholt Hills, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 14 September 2013.
    I would say that this thread has 'drifted far afield', but could we agree on how to measure how far afield?

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by gh View Post

    he would have if the distance had been a mile 🤪
    Indeed Ryun would still be WR holder in the Egg and Spoon Mile if he had only trained for it.


    The fastest mile egg and spoon race is 5 min 27 sec achieved by Stefan Ritte (Germany) at Lake Aasee in Bocholt Hills, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 14 September 2013.

    https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com...and-spoon-race

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post

    I doubt Jim Ryun would have gotten a Medal of Freedom for a world record in the egg & spoon race.
    he would have if the distance had been a mile 🤪

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    Depends on his time.
    Indeed....there have been some notable egg and spooners over the years.



    And don't forget Pancake Racing....




    https://www.tripsavvy.com/olney-panc...dition-1662593
    Last edited by Conor Dary; 07-30-2020, 10:06 PM.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
    I doubt Jim Ryun would have gotten a Medal of Freedom for a world record in the egg & spoon race.
    Depends on his time.

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  • Halfmiler2
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    Yup, and they have it at Euro Invitationals quite often. It's a quaint idiosyncrasy that has continuing nostalgic appeal, like three-legged and sack and egg&spoon races!
    I doubt Jim Ryun would have gotten a Medal of Freedom for a world record in the egg & spoon race.

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  • gm
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    Originally posted by donley2 View Post

    Holy cow. That was a real thing. I had no idea.
    Babe Didriksen won the '31 AAU with a 296-0 WR!

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  • donley2
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    Originally posted by gm View Post
    Can we also bring the baseball/softball throw back? People seemed to like that.
    Holy cow. That was a real thing. I had no idea.

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