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Man vs. Horse, 1947

The experts predicted that the man vs. horse tug-of-war organized in Waterloo, Oregon back in 1947 would be no contest at all. Due to the angle of pull (the man, 225-pound Chester Fitzwater, was lying on the ground, his feet braced against a wood block) the horse supposedly wouldn't have a chance. To win, Fitzwater simply had to remain in place for three minutes.

It took about a second for "Big Baldy" the horse to prove the experts wrong. As soon as the rope tightened, "Fitzwater lurched into the air, knocked over a photographer and some spectators, and crashed into the mud."

Several other brawny men subsequently challenged the horse to the same contest, believing they would last longer. They didn't.

The News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon) - Dec 12, 1947



The News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon) - Dec 15, 1947

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 28, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Sports, 1940's

Fowling

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A Detroit man has come up with a hybrid sport he hopes folks will enjoy on evenings out. A cross between football and bowling called fowling which seems to be fun looking at the video at the link. The name leaves something to be desired though, any ideas for a catchier one?
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jul 25, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Sports

Hitting a golf ball off an elephant’s ear


"AN ELEPHANTINE HAZARD — Driving a golf ball from the ear of Jenny, a 12-year-old circus elephant, constitutes real sport for Billy Drews, above, as he shoots a game of miniature golf in New York."

Source: Valley Morning Star - May 3, 1931
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 27, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Sports, 1930's

Burrito Challenge

Watch model and competitive eater Nela Zisser eat a 2 lb burrito in one minute and 44 seconds. As I watched, all I kept thinking was, "she's gonna bite off her fingers!"


via grubstreet
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 26, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Food, Sports

The Wetsuit Suit

It's a suit you can go surfing in. Invented in Japan, of course. Available here.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Sports

Women’s Arm Wrestling

MMMrrrrraaaaagggghhhh!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 12, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Sports, Video

Victoria the Bowling Kangaroo

Who knew that kangaroos could bowl!

MATCHING FIGURES — Shapely actress Monique Van Vooren is all set to match strikes and spares with Victoria, the bowling kangaroo, at the opening of a huge new bowling alley in New York. The bowling palace is the newest and largest of its kind in the East.


Source: Pampa Daily News - Oct. 1, 1958
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 06, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Sports, 1950's

Storm Window Manufacturing



It's a rare child who has a hotline to a storm-window tycoon!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 07, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Sports, Juvenile Delinquency

Wearable Banana

Dole Japan has developed what they call the "wearable banana" to be worn by marathon runners. BakeryAndSnacks.com explains:

The gadget comprises wired electrical parts stuck to the inside of a banana skin, which is then sewn back together around the fruit and strapped to a runner's wrist — thereafter it shows their race time, heart rate and tweets from supporters, as well as when to eat the next banana.

People have noticed the similarity (at least in name) between the 'wearable banana' and the 'wearable tomato project' (which I posted about last week). Is the one a rip-off of the other? Or is the similarity just an example of a simultaneous discovery of the concept of wearable fruit?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 02, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Sports

The Fun That Builds Good Health




From an incredibly weird pre-internet, pre-cellphone, pre-cable-TV world! Limbs in actual motion--outdoors! Witness the horror of "free-range children!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Family, Children, Parents, Sports, 1950's
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