Monthly Archives: September, 2015

How did Badminton get its name?

Badminton is a game somewhat like tennis, because in both games an object is hit over a net with rackets.  But the badminton racket is lighter than a tennis racket and a feathered shuttlecock, or “bird,” is hit instead of a tennis ball. Badminton is a present-day version of an earlier and simpler game called …

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How Are Seedless Grapes Grown?

Grapes are seldom grown from seeds today. A common way of growing new vines is from cuttings, or pieces of grown-up grapevines.  In the winter, the grape farmer cuts pieces about 12 inches long from the old vines. Each piece has five or six buds (a small swelling on the vine that will develop into …

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