In the ancient Greek Olympics, wrestling matches were in the nude and a match did not end until one of the competitors became aroused.

Most broken American Major League bats are sent to third-world countries where they are used as building materials and crude weapons.

Golf balls were originally made from dried cow eyeballs.

The grass at Wimbledon was kept two inches long until 1949 when an English player was bitten by a snake.

Golf was the first sport to be played on the moon. The golf ball that Alan Shephard hit which ‘sailed for miles and miles’ is still there.

When the USA defeated favourites England in the 1950 World Cup, many newspapers around the world believed the 1-0 scoreline to be a typographical error, and instead printed that England won 10-1 (1-10).

The Phillippines has competed in the most Summer Olympics (20) without winning a gold medal.

Iran once beat Bahrain 20-0 in an Asian Cup final.

Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, did not have to undergo gender verification at the 1976 Olympics due to ‘royal courtesy’.

When asked why he didn’t win gold in cross country at the 2010 Olympics, Norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset said, ‘I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days.’

The phrase about winning something ‘hands down’ originally referred to a jockey who won a race without whipping his horse or pulling back the reins.

 

 

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