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September 20, 2011



Think what they could have done if they'd had a Ferrari avatar in front of them.

Daryl Herbert

Or a vehicular avatar behind them.

Danube of Thought

I remember where I was when Bannister broke four minutes, and I remember very well what had gone before and what came after, although I was twelve or thirteen at the time.

Before he broke the barrier, there were a number of guys who got agonizingly--almost asymptotically--close. It seemed to lend credence to the notion that there was, in fact, a physiological barrier to what the human body could do, and that one of those barriers was running a mile in four minutes.

I'm doing this without Google, but I sure remember Wes Santee, who got down to something like 4:00:08. John Landy was another.

Once Bannister did it, the floodgates were open, and everybody could do it.


Sounds like somebody wasn't giving a hundred and ten percent!

Soylent Red

I have always said that it is not how fast you can go that determines success. It's how fast you are willing to go.

A stronger and faster athlete operating at less than full effort can be beaten by an athlete who uses everything s/he has. The trick is to get yourself to honestly give 100%, which can be difficult when the discomfort and urge to hurl are telling you you're maxed out.

Sounds like somebody wasn't giving a hundred and ten percent!

15 pieces of flair is the minimum. You don't just want to do the minimum do you?


AFAIK, the pardon authority is unlimited.

The President's power to pardon is limited to "Offenses against the United States." He has no power to issue pardons for state crimes. As the US Pardon Attorney says:

Under the Constitution, only federal criminal convictions, such as those adjudicated in the United States District Courts, may be pardoned by the President. In addition, the President's pardon power extends to convictions adjudicated in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and military court-martial proceedings. However, the President cannot pardon a state criminal offense. Accordingly, if you are seeking clemency for a state criminal conviction, you should not complete and submit this petition. Instead, you should contact the Governor or other appropriate authorities of the state where you reside or where the conviction occurred (such as the state board of pardons and paroles) to determine whether any relief is available to you under state law. If you have a federal conviction, information about the conviction may be obtained from the clerk of the federal court where you were convicted.


Oops, wrong thread for my previous comment.


When I'm dying on the last few minutes of my elliptical run, I ask myself "if someone paid you a million dollars to finish, could you do it?" The answer is invariably "yes" and I finish the damn routine.


Bob Beamon's broad jump (now long jump) record at the 1968 Olympics at Mexico City broke the existing record by a foot and a half, and took decades to break.

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