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Contests, Races and Other Competitions

Emily Davison, Least Intelligent Protestor Ever?



Does suffragette Emily Davison qualify for the title I've given her? The incident is shown in the video starting a bit before the six-minute mark.

She is best known for stepping in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913, sustaining injuries that resulted in her death four days later....

Modern historians agree that Davison was trying to disturb the Derby in order to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide,[3][4] and 2013 analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the bridle of the King's horse. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that her position before she stepped out onto the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out in a haphazard way to kill herself.

Stag Imitation Competition



Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 13, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Europe

Human Fishing Contest

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 12, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Surrealism, Fish, 1940's

It Pays to Be Ignorant





We could use such a satirical show today.

Full history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 24, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Radio, Stupidity, Television, 1940's, 1950's

Cattle Princesses

I never did understand why cows and beauty contests are often linked. It's probably a throwback to ancient pagan fertility rites. Below are the six young women who hoped to become the 1975 Kern County Cattle Princess. I don't know who won.

And below that are the young women who currently serve as California Dairy Princesses.



Most Typical Boy

A little over a month ago I posted about how, back in the 1930s and 40s, there used to be "Miss Typical" contests. Turns out there were male versions of these contests as well. The picture below shows the 1939 finalists for the "Typical American Boy" contest. The winner was Karl McCready, 13, of Louisville, Kentucky (sitting in the front row, on the left). You can see some footage of the Typical Boy contest over at efootage.com.

Can't help but wonder what kind of child would have been produced if Typical Boy and Miss Typical had ever gotten together.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 02, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1930's

Duelling Organs



You don't often see musical duels on this instrument--especially between a sixty-two-year-old woman and a seventy-year-old man!

Shirley Scott, Jack McDuff and Duke Jethro. ("Jazz/blues organist/pianist Duke Jethro has played with artists such as Bobby Bland and Freddie King but he's most recognized for his time in B.B. King's band. He was organist for King's classic 'Live at the Regal,' recorded in 1964 in the famous Southside Theater in Chicago.")

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 29, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Music, 1990's

Blindfolded Boxing

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 25, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Sports, 1940's, Europe

Miss Typical

I guess it's some kind of achievement to be judged the most entirely average, but still, I don't think "Miss Typical" pageants are often held nowadays. They seem to belong to an age when conformity was thought to be more of a virtue. Rachel Reber here won "Miss Typical Freshman Coed" title back in 1941.

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