twirling baton

twirling baton

(graphics)
The overstrike sequence -/|\-/|\- which produces an animated twirling baton. If you output it with a single backspace between characters, the baton spins in place. If you output the sequence BS SP between characters, the baton spins from left to right. If you output BS SP BS BS between characters, the batton spins from right to left.

The twirling baton was a popular component of animated signature files on the pioneering PLATO educational time-sharing system. The "archie" Internet service is perhaps the best-known baton program today; it uses the twirling baton as an idler indicating that the program is working on a query.
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"Boys and girls came from local villages and even as far as Manchester to march with us, twirling batons, shaking pompoms, waving flags or to learn an instrument and play in our band.
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Over the course of the 75-minute show, Jordan's 4-foot 11-inch frame dances and dishes as he regales the audience with tales of his life, from a Chattanooga, Tenn., childhood spent playing with dolls and twirling batons to an acting career spent in popular commercials and "sitcom hell." While he opens the show with an homage to his character Earl "Brother Boy" Ingrain from Del Shores's cult-hit film Solid Lives Jordan is at least equally well-known from the stage as Preston LeRoy in Shores's Southern Baptist Sissies, and on TV as Beverley Leslie, Karen Walker's high-society foil on Will & Grace.
They ignored the machine guns hung menacingly over the shoulders of the NYPD, as if they were nothing more threatening than the twirling batons of high-school cheerleaders.
``In the hall, children can be seen crossing a tightrope, on a trapeze, unicycling, doing balancing tricks and twirling batons. We even have six-year-olds walking on stilts.''