How We Used to Play II

Sports

Tug of War was a real Olympic sport from 1900 to 1920, with the podium dominated by British club teams. The sport endures to this day. The 2012 World Championship of Tug of War will be held in September, in Switzerland.

How We Used to Play

Sports

In the 1900 Paris Olympics, one gold medal was awarded to a competitor named "Extra Dry" : the winning horse in equine long jump.

FLYING BACKWARDS

Animals, Sports

Thanks to a small group of clubs in Chennai, the ancient sport of pigeon racing lives on in India.

Maya Pedal

Sports

Bike-blenders, bike-grinders, bike-water pumps, bike-washing machines invented by descendants of the ancient Mayans, in the Guatemalan village of San Andrés Itzapa.

The Borat Effect

Sports

When Kazakhastan won a shooting competiton in Kuwait last week, the organisers mistakenly played a spoof anthem from Borat, praising the country's potassium and prostitutes.

Man Vs. Man-Machine

Sports

Can having prosthetic limbs be an advantage in competitive sports?