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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Of Course, China Invented Golf Too....

In addition to gunpowder, the wheelbarrow, origami, spaghetti, fans, kites, the compass, etc., China is now claiming to have invented golf...
A description of the sport, written during the Song Dynasty (AD960-1279), has been found in a volume called the Dongxuan Records. Professor Ling says the book refers to a Chinese magistrate instructing his daughter "to dig goals in the ground so that he might drive a ball into them with a purposely crafted stick". Golf "clearly originated in China", he said, adding that Mongolian travelers took the game to Europe.

However, it is generally accepted that the first place where all the modern aspects of the game were brought together was in Scotland. Scots were also the first to use holes rather than targets.
So, I guess after the Mongols raided, pillaged, raped and killed a city's occupants, they retired after busy day to a nice game of golf. Maybe they used captured slaves instead of caddies and these caddies were so impressed with the game, that they set-up their own golf courses after Mongold moved on and wrote fanciful stories about the game that was passed down through the generations till the Scottish picked it up. Jeesh. Ok, the Chinese may have "invented" golf, but they didn't invent Frisbee golf. Of course, unless it is documented that the emperors threw plates at the their concubines and kept score on how many they hit and it is therefore, considered a sport.

This reminds me of Chekov from Star Trek...
Chekov did betray his youthful passions at times -- including his own reputation as a ladies' man -- but always proved to be the perfect officer in training. Still, his penchant for being injury-prone was matched only by a zealous pride in his Russian heritage -- often comically taking credit for the exploits of other cultures, Earth-based or otherwise.


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