Tuesday, July 18, 2023


Nobody in the crowd seems to be paying attention to the pingpong game.



  1. "Ping-Pong" (a trademark) was invented in the late 20th century in England. The name "Ping-Pong" was invented by the English firm J. Jaques and Son at the end of the 1800s and later trademarked in the United States by Parker Brothers. The name "table tennis" was adopted in 1921-22 when the old Ping-Pong Association formed in 1902 was revived. The first table tennis games were played with champagne corks as balls, cigar boxes as bats, and books as nets. It has been suggested that makeshift versions of the game were developed by British military officers in India around the 1860s or 1870s, who brought it back with them.

    - Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Just the sort of thing young, drunk and bored Indian Army officers got up to when all was quiet on the Hindu Kush.

    1. Why am I not surprised that drunkenness was involved?

  2. Calorman: You meant late 19th century!