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Tug-of-war used to be an Olympic sport. In the 1912 Olympics in Sweden, the host nation took gold, Great Britain took silver, and no one won bronze because only two teams showed up.

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Out of the top 30, 100m sprint times, only 9 were run by athletes not associated with doping, all 9 are by Usain Bolt.

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Out of the top 30, 100m sprint times, only 9 were run by athletes not associated with doping, all 9 are by Usain Bolt.

Photo : Grzegorz Jereczek / wikimedia

Of the United States’ 2.9 million female high school athletes, only 3% are cheerleaders, yet cheerleading accounts for nearly 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics and carries the highest rate of catastrophic injuries in sports.

An American gymnast with a wooden leg won six medals, including three gold, in a single day at the 1904 Olympics.

The Canadian ice hockey team were so dominant that they did not participate in the knock-out tournament of the 1930 World Championships. They were put straight into the gold medal final game, and the tournament was played to determine an opponent. Canada won 6-1 in the final to claim the gold.

MLB pitcher Justin Verlander, while in high school, agreed to give his friend .1% of his eventual signing bonus in exchange for $.50 so that he could buy a chocolate milk. His signing bonus ended up being over three million dollars.

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There’s a sport called ‘Extreme Ironing’ where people go to remote places and iron their clothes.

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