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1358013.  Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:34 am Reply with quote

I would probably need that amount of time to do a marathon....

1358407.  Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:47 pm Reply with quote

Which of these games\sports did the Buddha enjoy playing?

Hop Scotch
Pick Up Sticks
Dice games
Guessing People's thoughts.

Klaxon for any of the above, and various others.

Gautama Buddha is claimed to have said that he would not play certain games, and that his disciples should avoid them too. This list of games is possibly the earliest list of games written down.

The list is replicated in a number of Buddhist texts, with some slight differences, and the translations may differ, but they are normally:

1. Games on boards with 8 or 10 rows. This is thought to refer to ashtapada and dasapada respectively, but later Sinhala commentaries refer to these boards also being used with games involving dice.
2. The same games played on imaginary boards. Akasam astapadam was an ashtapada variant played with no board, literally "astapadam played in the sky". A correspondent in the American Chess Bulletin identifies this as likely the earliest literary mention of a blindfold chess variant.
3. Games of marking diagrams on the floor such that the player can only walk on certain places. This is described in the Vinaya Pitaka as "having drawn a circle with various lines on the ground, there they play avoiding the line to be avoided". It's been likened to hop scotch.
4. Games where players either remove pieces from a pile or add pieces to it, with the loser being the one who causes the heap to shake (similar to the modern game pick-up sticks).
5. Games of throwing dice.
6. "Dipping the hand with the fingers stretched out in lac, or red dye, or flour-water, and striking the wet hand on the ground or on a wall, calling out 'What shall it be?' and showing the form required—elephants, horses, etc."
7. Ball games.
8. Blowing through a pat-kulal, a toy pipe made of leaves.
9. Ploughing with a toy plough.
10. Playing with toy windmills made from palm leaves.
11. Playing with toy measures made from palm leaves.
12. Playing with toy carts.
13. Playing with toy bows.
14. Guessing at letters traced with the finger in the air or on a friend's back.
15. Guessing a friend's thoughts.
16. Imitating deformities.

1359245.  Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:57 pm Reply with quote

Previously on Qi, there was a brief mention of Nelly Bly, IMO one of the greatest people of recent history, but I think we should mention another pioneer of women travellers: Annie Londonderry.

Actually, her real name was Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, and in the 1890, with bicycles becoming popular and the spirit of adventure in the air, she took up the challenge to become the first woman to cycle around the world in under 15 months.

It would have been difficult to get sponsorship and get selected for such an adventure considering she was a Jewish immigrant from Latvia who was only 5'3", married, and had 3 kids. It's even more remarkable considering she only learned how to cycle a few days before she started on her journey.

One of her sponsors, Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company, paid $100 or her to use the name Annie Londonderry for her trip.

She set off from Boston on a heavy bike, wearing a long skirt, corset and high collar, and among other things was carrying a pearl handled pistol. By the time she reached Chicago she lost nearly a fifth of her weight, and was about to give up, but as she was about to set off on her return to Boston she was given a lighter bike by Sterling Cycle Works and persuaded to wear a men's riding suit.

She cycled back to Boston and onto New York, before boarding a ship to France where she cycled and rode the train to Marsailles before boarding a steamship to carry on her journey, stepping off on day trips to ride her bike in different locations (she would later be accused of completing most of her journey "with" her bike, not on it).

Having made her way eventually to Japan, she sailed to San Francisco, and continued to cycle her way to Chicago to complete her journey, though she did have to travel through certain parts (like most of Nebraska) by train because of muddy roads and injuries (she finished her journey with her broken wrist in a cast).

Despite people questioning whether she cycled her way around the world, she proved herself a formidable rider at a number of races across the US.

She was also a great story teller and promoter, having survived her journey in various places by making up claims that would help her, including being a wealthy heiress, the niece of a US Senator, and the inventor of a method of stenography.

In the US she gave popular talks of her adventures, regaling her audience with claims of hunting tigers in India with German Royalty, and getting shot and jailed in Japan.

Annie gave many cycling demonstrations and championed the "New Woman" movement, claiming "I am a journalist and a "new woman" if that term means that I believe I can do anything that any man can do."

Although Annie died in obscurity in 1947, in November 2019 the New York Times published an obituary in her honour.

Alexander Howard
1359250.  Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:30 pm Reply with quote

CB27 wrote:
(she would later be accused of completing most of her journey "with" her bike, not on it).

ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς


1359376.  Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:19 am Reply with quote

Has someone been watching 300 again? :p :)


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