From an AP story that circulated in August 1951 (example here
PORTLAND, Ore. — This cat made such a pest of herself when Ted Matson tried to play table tennis that he finally put her on one side of the net and let her try the game on her own. That was six years ago, and the cat, Dagwood, has been playing ever since. She's adept at both the two-handed smash and the one-handed volley.
This cat was obviously born before her time. In the age of YouTube she would have been a global celebrity.
Thanks to mindful webworker who found a video of Dagwood on YouTube. And as Cezar noted, it seems that Dagwood appeared on an episode of MASH. So I guess she kinda was a global celebrity.
Norris Kellam's great talent in life was floating. For which he earned the name "The Human Cork." In May 1933 he attempted to break the world record for staying afloat by floating in a saltwater pool in Norfolk, Virginia for over 86 hours. Unfortunately he didn't make it. After 71 hours and 19 minutes he was overcome by sharp cramps and sunburn and had to climb out of the pool.
There's more about Kellam at hamptonroads.com
. The images are from the Norfolk Public Library
Reza Baluchi decided to challenge himself by running the entire route of the Bermuda Triangle — from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico and back to Florida, a total distance of about 3000 miles. He would run on top of the water, inside a "hydrobubble," which is a kind of plastic, floating hamster wheel. And it would be for a good cause, to help raise money for needy children. He made it about 70 miles before the Coast Guard had to rescue him. [washington post
This guy has the longest golf club, and I doubt anyone will top him. But I wonder if there's also a record for the shortest usable golf club?
This is Otto "Pop" Carter, 90 years old, in 1947. He was known as "America's oldest and best-known roller skater." At his advanced age, he had been a professional roller skater for 82 years. But even after this he kept on going for quite a while. According to his listing on IMDB
, "At age 104, participated in the Southwest Pacific Roller Skating Championships and the Rollerama Show in 1960."
I don't know when he died. Perhaps he's still alive.
- July 28, 1947
Vanished forever in Africa while visiting Idi Amin. Surname suspiciously close to "brisket." 'Nuff said.
Contemporary account from 1985.
Article from 2007.
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Wow, a sports girdle for fat boys! And in the last panel, it seems to have had the power to change Fatty's hair color as well!
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Chuck has mentioned the sport of ferret legging before in a column
, so it's not entirely new to WU. Wikipedia offers this description:
Ferret legging is an endurance test or stunt in which ferrets are trapped in trousers worn by a participant. Also known as put 'em down and ferret-down-trousers, it is a sport that seems to have been popular among coal miners in Yorkshire, England. Contestants put live ferrets inside their trousers; the winner is the one who is the last to release the animals. The world record is five hours and thirty minutes. The sport may have originated during the time when only the relatively wealthy in England were allowed to keep animals used for hunting, forcing poachers to hide their illicit ferrets in their trousers…
The sport is said to involve very little "native skill", simply an ability to "have your tool bitten and not care".
Nick Roberts, back in 1972, took the sport to an unusual extreme. From The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) - Oct 30, 1972
And here's a video I found in which ferret legging is demonstrated. Except that what's shown doesn't seem to be a true form of the sport, because the contestants are allowing the ferrets to poke their heads out of the trousers, whereas the idea is to trap them inside, thereby generating a panic response.
Based on the description, it doesn't sound like this was particularly cruel to the rat, though perhaps slightly stressful for it. Apparently the Humane Society got custody of the rat once the game was closed down.
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News
- Jun 15, 1939
The connection? I can only assume that once upon a time, tennis rackets were restrung with sheep guts. But the image is certainly bizarre.
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