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Old 09-29-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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Sept 30th, 2019 : Stone Casting, Throwing, Skipping

Next time youíre down at the town square stoning (lapidating) some heretic/adulterer/thief/enemy-of-powers-that-be, take a break
from the maiming/killing and take a look around. Notice which ones of the casters has a really good aim and arm.
Which one of your friends and neighbors is scoring the hits that cause the most pain and screams, make the blood splatter.
If you have an outstanding stone chucker you could send them to the Word Championships to possibly bring honor to your tribe.
I donít think thereís a World People Stoning Competition, but the next best thing is in Scotland.



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Easdale Island is a tiny little island (population: 62) that was once the heart of the Scottish slate mining industry. But after a storm in 1881 flooded the quarries, the mining equipment was stranded underwater, with no way of retrieving them.
Easdale recovered from this loss and now has a thriving tourist industry. The islanders put the disused quarries to good use for swimming, and more recently, the World Stone Skimming Championships.
The World Stone Skimming Championship began in 1983 after an alleged argument in the islandís only pub over who could skim stones the farthest. The competition was resurrected again in 1997 and has continued to grow in popularity. It now attracts competitors from as far afield as Japan and New Zealand.


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Winning the championship is no easy feat, as competitors must follow a set of strict rules. Each contender, who must use stones made of naturally formed Easdale slate, only has three attempts, and the skimmed stone has to bounce on the surface of the water at least two times to be considered valid. Fortunately, there are several categories for entrants to compete within, including one for ďold tossers.Ē
Itís a joyful, at times whimsical, event. People don all sorts of costumes, so scanning the crowd is just as fun as skimming the stones.


When I was a lad the winner was how many skips regardless of the distance. They were often one and the same but not always. But in the old country those recalcitrant Scots make their own rules.

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Old 09-30-2019, 07:24 AM   #2
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Damn, now I want to take a day off to skip stones. I was good, I coulda been a contenda.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:49 AM   #3
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Doesn't Limey live there?
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:56 AM   #4
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Eating scones and skipping stones.

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Old 09-30-2019, 10:04 PM   #5
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To be chosen to go first, one must meet the standard: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

I'll be going last.
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Old 09-30-2019, 11:59 PM   #6
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Damn, now I want to take a day off to skip stones. I was good, I coulda been a contenda.
Did you count skips or distance?
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Old 10-01-2019, 01:36 AM   #7
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By the way. Insh island, 90 acres less than two miles from Easdale, complete with ruins of two croft cottages and a cave where the previous owner lived for 30 years, is on the market for £125,000.
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Old 10-01-2019, 04:47 AM   #8
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Doesn't Limey live there?


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Old 10-01-2019, 07:26 AM   #9
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Did you count skips or distance?
Skips, we're not savages!
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:37 AM   #10
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Skips, we're not savages!
Yabbut how'd you count the skips at the end when the stone literally ... er ... skims across the surface?

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Old 10-01-2019, 09:18 AM   #11
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Old 10-01-2019, 03:09 PM   #12
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I have always liked to skip rocks (the term stones is OK , but skimming sounds illegal).
Wikipedia says the record is 88 skips and 121.8 meters, almost certainly not the same throw or thrower.
I think that the best skipper should be a major league side-arm or submarine pitcher (think Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry). Or maybe Nolan Ryan with a little practice.

One of the sad ways of the world is that when you find the perfect skipping rock, you almost never find it for a second throw.
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Old 10-01-2019, 04:19 PM   #13
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I think that the best skipper should be a major league side-arm or submarine pitcher (think Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry).
Here's your best skipper right here:

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