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How ever shall I open this bottle...

Sometimes, you need to open a bottle of Coke from across the room, and all you have is a table tennis paddle and a ball. If you are a member of Pongfinity, this is not a problem. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Oct 17, 2016 - 26 comments

No surprises for Table Tennis

A Visual History of Which Countries Have Dominated the Summer Olympics
posted by a lungful of dragon on Aug 10, 2016 - 31 comments

15 DOWN - Nickname for table tennis

New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz has another hobby.
posted by Chrysostom on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 comments

It's not ping pong, dammit!

Can you learn to be an expert at table tennis in a year? That's what Sam Priestley, 25, from Wimbledon, London attempted to find out. With his friend Ben Larcombe, a table tennis coach, the aim was to reach the top 250 in the UK.
posted by salmacis on Feb 19, 2015 - 14 comments

John Henry is still alive.

Two commercials came out this week from KUKA starring their robot and their new spokesman. Timo Boll vs the Agilus robot, and the obligatory The Making Of video to go with it. Player reaction ranged from FAKE!!! to possible-but-highly-staged. It's at least more real than the Bruce Lee/Nokia video. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd on Mar 14, 2014 - 16 comments

World's Best Table Tennis Match

"Probably the funniest table tennis match in history" (SLYT)
posted by turbid dahlia on Jan 25, 2014 - 52 comments

Marty Reisman, table-tennis champion, dies at 82.

Following the slope formula of a morbid turn of mind is not the only reason to orbit the obits. Every now and then, the reading's well worthwhile! Marty Reisman, 82, a Wizard of Table Tennis, Dies.
posted by 0rison on Dec 8, 2012 - 9 comments

Playing ping pong in China

"Finding my way in Beijing was tougher than I'd ever imagined. But sharpening my skills at a local youth academy for ping-pong—a game at which I'd dominated friends back home for years—seemed like an opportunity not to suck. So what if it meant beating up on little kids at the school and old men in the park? This would be my key to assimilation. Nice plan—but then I stared down the pre-teen pong machines and got my first real taste of China's national pastime."
posted by Chrysostom on Sep 21, 2012 - 28 comments

Eat your heart out Forrest Gump

The top 10 table tennis shots of 2011. (SLYT)
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Dec 20, 2011 - 40 comments


It's possibly the most popular (est. 300M participants) individual sport in the world. The 2007 World Championships starts today in Zagreb. (Sports nerds- there's also a scientific conference affiliated with the tournament.) Ma Lin and Wang Liqin and Wang Hao of China are ranked #1 #2 and #4, but #3 Timo Boll of Germany beat all three in a row to win the 2005 World Cup. How do you get to be as good as Timo? Start young, work on fundamentals, and persevere.
posted by MtDewd on May 21, 2007 - 17 comments

Celebrity Ping Pong

Celebrity Ping Pong
posted by srboisvert on Jun 8, 2005 - 17 comments


There are those who play Ping-pong and those who live Ping-Pong. As for me, it was the first game I was ever able to beat my Pops at. But no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone ready to wax your ass. Printer-friendly version just for you y2karl!
posted by vito90 on Feb 18, 2003 - 13 comments

I've been accused in the past of only posting serious news item type links - so just to prove that i'm no stick-in-the-mud here is a fun link. It requires shockwave plugins..... ladies and gentlemen i give you.... table tennis!! please enjoy this during work hours.
posted by Spoon on Nov 28, 2001 - 31 comments

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