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Thingamajig Thursday: grommets and fungo bats

David K. Israel

Recently my wife and I were chatting about the _floss, which she claims she reads religiously (not). We were discussing possible new features I could introduce when she suddenly exclaimed, "Wait! Whatever happened to Thursday Thingamabob?! That was a fun one."

Nevermind that she got the name wrong. She had a point. What DID ever happen to Thingamajig Thursday? Did the author just run out of thingamajigs to post about or, with his 40th birthday creeping around the corner, did he merely wake up one Thursday and forget he'd even created such a feature? I know what you're thinking: a better question might be Why is the author referring to himself in 3rd person suddenly?

I don't have an answer to any of those questions. But I do have new thingamajigs today; two, in fact, to make up for the many months missed.

For the guys, I present you with something called a grommet, which is nothing more than a reinforced eyelet. I'm sure the women in the blog know this from buying belts like the one pictured here. We men know nothing about belts. I own one black one and one brown one and that's it. Were it up to me, I'd even do away with the brown one and just wear the black one with my brown pants but my wife refuses. I guess when it comes to belts, she wears the pants.

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Now for the ladies, I present you with the fungo bat. Actually, many guys may not know this little practice bat's real name either. Fungoes are balls hit during fielding practice and the bat used to hit them, which is a good 10 ounces lighter than a normal 30-ounce bat, is thus called a fungo. There are numerous theories on the origin of the word, which I won't bore you with here. But for those inclined, check them out here.

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