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Gravy Wrestling

The BBC reports that, after a two-year absence due to Covid, the World Gravy Wrestling Championship has returned.

competitors wrestle in a pool of gravy for two minutes, with points being scored for fancy dress, entertainment value and wrestling ability.

More info: World Gravy Wrestling

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 15, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Food, Sports

The Atomic Balm prank

I'm not sure when exactly Atomic Balm was first sold. I believe it was sometime in the 1950s. But it very quickly became widely used by football teams as a pain-relieving ointment.

It also became a favorite of pranksters. The prank involved surreptitiously placing Atomic Balm in a player's jockstrap. Since the ointment contains Capsaicin, the results were painful.

The Atomic Balm prank was a perennial favorite on high school football teams, but the most famous instance of the prank occurred on the Miami Dolphins, recounted below.

Source: Teena Dickerson, The Girlfriend's Guide to Football



Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 19, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Sports, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Pranks, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

The Fuse Ball

In 1926, Philip S. Kane of Pennsylvania received a patent for his "fuse ball" (Patent No. 1,583,721). It was a golf ball with a fuse. Before teeing off, you'd light the fuse, which would then start emitting smoke. That way, you could find the ball wherever you hit it, even if it landed in tall grass.

According to various media reports, while testing his ball Kane accidentally set a wheat field on fire, but I haven't seen any proof to back up that story.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 15, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Sports, Golf, Patents, 1920s

Cat Boxing

I wasn't aware that there was such a thing as cat boxing. Cats fight all the time, of course. But to box each other at a set time in front of a crowd — I didn't think they would cooperate with such an indignity.



Detroit Free Press - June 16, 1939



Update: Paul revealed to me the existence of this old video produced by Thomas Edison, circa 1894, showing cats boxing. So I guess cat boxing is a long-established thing.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Sports, Cats, 1930s

Blow Football

Or as we call it today, "Spread the Covid."

This game went through several editions since its 1910 origin. See pictures at Board Game Geek.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 13, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Sports, Viruses, Germs and Other Sources of Infection

Curtis Schoon, the boxer who forgot to wear his trunks

The boxing career of featherweight Curtis Schoon would be entirely forgotten by now if he hadn't, one time, forgotten to wear his boxing trunks into the ring. He opened his robe and... he had nothing on beneath it.

Argus Leader - Jan 26, 1956



Argus Leader - Jan 19, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 11, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Sports, Nudism and Nudists

Blind Soccer

The game, referenced in the news clipping below, was evidently an early example of blind soccer.

The Evening Sun - Dec 17, 1973



The game has now developed into an established Paralympic sport. From wikipedia:

  • All players, except for the goalkeeper, are blindfolded.
  • The ball has been modified to make a jingling or rattling sound.
  • Players are required to say "voy", "go", or something similar when going for the ball; this alerts the other players about their position.
  • A guide, positioned outside the field of play, provides instructions to the players.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 07, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Sports, Eyes and Vision

How Cricket Balls Are Made:  Then and Now

Some hand techniques remain unchanged.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 10, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Sports, Technology

The Warmlite Catalog

This 1974 sporting goods catalog decided to feature many nude models. I guess you had to live thru the 1970s to understand how this seemed a good idea.

The company is still up and running.





Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 23, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Publishing, Sports, Nudism and Nudists, 1970s

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