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  • Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports
  • Edward Brooke-Hitching
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  • 09 July 2020
  • 9781471149009

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Summary Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports 109 S such as Firework Boxing which is just as dangerous as it sounds Meanwhile Ski Ballet may not have been so risky but Suzy 'Chapstick' Chaffee's signature move the Suzy Split a complete forward split while balanced on the tips of her skis was probably not one to try at home An intriguing entertaining and occasionally shocking insight into the vivid imaginations of mankind across the years Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports is an unforgettable rea. Edward Brooke Hitching s trawl through the archives of forgotten and abandoned sports entertainments and pastimes is mostly great fun One of those list based micro histories that are so rewarding to dip in and out of it s crammed with stories facts and insights that make it addictive enough to read chapter after chapter ofFrom the sheer wilfully aggressive brutality of Viking sports like throwing bones at each other s heads and trying to drown each other to the bizarrely artful late twentieth century craze of Ski ballet via mob football and the genuinely idiotic automobile polo of the early 1900s Brooke Hitching s survey is humorous and informative It s a great read and something I ll continually refer back toBut it s not without its problems Some chapters feel cut frustratingly short Whether this is due to stringent editing or a paucity of sources I d have happily added another hundred pages or so to explore some of these ridiculous things in greater detailThe other major issue from the viewpoint of a big soft animal lover like me is that the book at times falls into a depressing chronicle of the sheer savagery human beings have shown and still do in using animals for entertainment Bear baiting cat burning and head butting and duck baiting along with the wildlife massacres of the Romans and poking finches eyes out with red hot needles to make them sing sweetly are just a few of the animal horrors related along the wayHighly recommended overall though L'Armée du Salut probably not one to try at home An intriguing entertaining and occasionally shocking insight into the vivid imaginations of mankind across the years Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports is an unforgettable rea. Edward Brooke Hitching s trawl through the archives of forgotten and abandoned sports entertainments and Desolation Angels The Big Empty #3 pastimes is mostly great fun One of those list based micro histories that are so rewarding to dip in and out of it s crammed with stories facts and insights that make it addictive enough to read chapter after chapter ofFrom the sheer wilfully aggressive brutality of Viking sports like throwing bones at each other s heads and trying to drown each other to the bizarrely artful late twentieth century craze of Ski ballet via mob football and the genuinely idiotic automobile Under Fire In The Middle East polo of the early 1900s Brooke Hitching s survey is humorous and informative It s a great read and something I ll continually refer back toBut it s not without its LMNO Pea uel problems Some chapters feel cut frustratingly short Whether this is due to stringent editing or a Saint Charbel paucity of sources I d have happily added another hundred World Religions A Sourcebook for Students of Christian Theology pages or so to explore some of these ridiculous things in greater detailThe other major issue from the viewpoint of a big soft animal lover like me is that the book at times falls into a depressing chronicle of the sheer savagery human beings have shown and still do in using animals for entertainment Bear baiting cat burning and head butting and duck baiting along with the wildlife massacres of the Romans and Advanced ECG Boards And Beyond poking finches eyes out with red hot needles to make them sing sweetly are just a few of the animal horrors related along the wayHighly recommended overall though

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Summary Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports 109 Er all who would ever think to bring back Fox Tossing a popular sport for men and women in 18th century Germany As the name suggests it would involve dozens of couples pairing up and standing 20 25 feet apart in an enclosed field each holding one end of a net and then they would pull hard at both ends as the fox ran past sending it flying high into the air There are many other sports revealed within these pages that are unlikely ever to make an appearance on Sky Sport. So many weird sports Desolation Angels The Big Empty #3 popular sport for men and women in 18th century Germany As the name suggests it would involve dozens of couples Under Fire In The Middle East pairing up and standing 20 25 feet apart in an enclosed field each holding one end of a net and then they would LMNO Pea uel pull hard at both ends as the fox ran Saint Charbel past sending it flying high into the air There are many other sports revealed within these World Religions A Sourcebook for Students of Christian Theology pages that are unlikely ever to make an appearance on Sky Sport. So many weird sports

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Summary Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports 109 For those who enjoyed the uirkiness of Schott's Miscellany the erudition of The Etymologicon or the extremes of The Dangerous Book for Boys this is the perfect read From Spile Troshing to Mumble a Sparrow Edward Brooke Hitching has researched through piles of dusty tomes to bring vividly back to life some of the most curious dangerous and downright bizarre sports and pastimes that mankind has ever devised before thinking better of it and erasing it from the memory Aft. The moral of today s story is that people used to do terrible things to animals in the name of sport Interspersed with fascinating tidbits about dueling with rubber bullets and auto polo Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports documents the nauseating practices of bear dog and monkey baiting and so much It describes mass hunts conducted in arenas by royalty and nobles were hundreds if not thousands of animals were slaughtered as entertainment From shooting arrows at roosters to breaking apart a barrel with a cat inside I could not believe the brutalityIf you can make it through the animal abuse sports and I confess that I skimmed most of those what s left is amazing from learning about how our ancestors entertained themselves we gain a uniue insight into broader contemporary attitudes towards morality humor and the trials of daily existence pg 3 The reasons why these forgotten sports fell out of favor are of course many and varied but broadly speaking can be divided into three categories cruelty danger and ridiculousness pg 5Ah balloon jumping This is a sport where a dude would attach a huge balloon to himself and leap across the landscape like a superhero Why did we uit balloon jumping He did nearly clear the electrified cables but unfortunately his feet became entangled and when he tried to extract himself by grabbing one of the wires he was blown to the ground in a hail of sparks dying instantly Alas balloon jumpers never uite managed to refine the sport to a level of safety below freuently lethal pg 24Then there was dwile flonking In mid 1960 s Norfolk it became a favorite activity of locals to gather in a large group dance to an accordion and hit each other in the face with beer soaked rags pg 87 What funI would say that the practice of flyting is alive and well in some online forums Flytings were extemporary swearing matches that placed a value on the imagination and verbal dexterity of the participants who would exchange insults with impressive wordplay in a sense similar to modern rap battles but with an intensity of vitriol and florid vocabulary that is hard to fully comprehend by modern standards pg 101 But not on Goodreads where civil discourse rules the day Recommended for trivia hounds and those interested in obscure history Fox Tossing is full of hilarious and heart breaking facts about some of mankind s forgotten pastimes Those who are triggered by animal cruelty would be best served by picking a different book