Advantage: Queens

One of the things I miss about living in NYC is the ability to take the 7 train out to sporting events in Queens. No car, no traffic, no parking woes getting in and out. You could go watch your favorite team hit a grand slam homerun over at Shea Stadium (or chez stadium, as the pun goes), or, this time of year, catch part of a different type of grand slam, The U.S. Open.

To make up for the inability to take the 7 train out to Flushing, I've been watching a lot of baseball and tennis lately, especially the U.S. Open with all this Agassi excitement.

Modern tennis has its roots in a 16th century French game called Jeu de Paume, or, the "Game of the Palm." Eventually rackets were added and the sport moved onto the grass where, in the 19th century, it became "Lawn Tennis" in England.

Though Wimbledon's courts are still a sort of lawn (rye grass, actually), the other Grand Slam venues are not. The U.S. Open and Australian Open are played on an asphalt-type surfaces, while the French Open is played on clay. And while clay is slippery and makes the courts un petite peu dangerous, kudos are still in order to the French for serving up all those interesting terms like "love" and "deuce." After the jump, I'll let Wiki explain their origins, and many more.

"Tennis" comes from the French tenez, the imperative form of the verb tenir, to hold: This was a cry used by the player serving in royal tennis, meaning "I am about to serve!" (rather like the cry "Fore!" in golf).

"Racquet" comes from raquette, which derives from the Arabic rakhat, meaning the palm of the hand.

"Deuce" comes from à deux le jeu, meaning "to both is the game" (that is, the two players have equal scores).

"Love" may come from l'Å“uf, the egg, a reference to the egg-shaped zero symbol.

The convention of numbering scores "15", "30" and "40" comes from quinze, trente and quarante, which to French ears makes a euphonious sequence, or from the quarters of a clock (15, 30, 45) with 45 simplified to 40.

These origins, of course, aren't the only ones floating around the web. The Straight Dope has some different explanations for the odd scoring system in tennis, as well as a different take on "love." And I've also heard that "deuce" could suggest the fact that you need to score twice in a row to win the game.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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