1. The fastest racquet sport in the world is badminton, with shuttlecock speeds reaching more than 200 miles per hour.
2. Badminton requires a player to have strength, endurance, agility, muscle power, quick reflexes, and speed endurance.
3. Feathers from the left wing of the goose make the best shuttlecocks. 16 feathers are used to make the shuttlecock and it weighs between 4.74 and 5.5 grams.
4. The first official badminton club was The Bath Badminton Club, established in 1877.
5. Badminton was introduced in the United States in the late 19th century andbecame a popular sport in the 1930s.
6. Badminton was originally not called badminton. It went by the name Shuttlecock and Battledore. It was eventually named badminton after the Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England.
7. The most popular sport in the world is soccer, and the second most popular sport in the world is badminton.
8. Badminton was first played as a sport in the Olympics in 1992. More than 1.1 billion watched its Olympic debut on television.
9. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 Americans play badminton approximately 25 times each year or more.
10. The world's largest shuttlecock is 18 feet tall and weighs 2,500kg. It is located on the Kansas City Museum's lawn and is 48 times larger than a real shuttlecock.
11. 70% of all Badminton World Federation events are won by competitors from Indonesia and China.
12. The longest match was 124 minutes and was played between Sun Jun from China and Peter Rasmussen from Denmark.
13. The shortest badminton match only lasted for six minutes.
14. Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics.
15. During the game the players are not allowed to let the racquet touch the net.
16. Kim Dong Moon, a Korean player, won two world badminton championships in 1999. He won both doubles and mixed doubles. In 2003 he was honored as the 'Best Player of the Year' award.
17. Legal serving during the game of badminton is from anywhere below the waist.
18. Only three countries have ever won the Thomas Cup since the competition was established in 1848. The three countries include China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
19. There are over 150 member nations that belong to the International Badminton Federation.
20. Badminton racquets weight between 70 and 95 grams, without including the weight of the strings or grip.
21. Badminton games can be played as singles, doubles, or mixed doubles.