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Do You Know Your Sports Trivia?

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Do You Know Your Sports Trivia?

Do you have a broad knowledge of sports trivia? It can be very useful, and a lot of fun to share with friends and stump relatives, especially with some of these lesser-known tidbits. See how many of these you know:

  • The game of badminton originated in India. There it was known as ”Poona.” It was brought to England and introduced to society at the country home of the Duke of Beaufort. The name of his estate was Badminton.
  • The fuzz on a tennis ball is there for a reason. It’s supposed to help ensure that the ball will have some action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
  • Ancient Greeks spun tops very similar to the ones of today, pear-shaped wooden tops spun with cord. They even had “humming” tops.
  • The oldest crossword puzzle dates back to an ancient puzzle known as the Phaestus Disk, that was created by the people of Crete more than 2,6oo years ago.
  • Do you know what “indoor rugby” is? Basketball! That’s what the inventor of the game first called it. Supposedly, it was a player who started calling it basketball, because of the peach baskets that were used. That name stuck.
  • Horseshoe pitching dates back to the Romans around 100 AD, when Roman soldiers first began to protect their horses’ hooves with bands of iron.
  • Muhammad Ali, the famous boxer, actually had a lead in the Broadway musical Buck White.
  • The first American public female boxing match dates back to March 16, 1876. On that date, Miss Nell Saunders defeated Miss Rose Harlan and won a silver butter dish.

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