Daily mythology: Cork in badminton-shuttlecocks

As we learned shuttlecocks were made of a cork-ball, covered with leather. A ring of feathers were tucked into to make it fly. Mesmerizing: only feathers from the left wing – mostly of goose or duck – were used, in order to make the shuttlecock rotate properly. Poor birds! They had to fly anti-clockwise in circles! Don’t believe that: alas, they were slaughtered, a bit of gluten added, cooked and sold as Peking-ducks.
Badminton but became a very fast game, sometimes you can hardly follow the shuttlecock with the eyes….

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