Miscellaneous Sports Oddities and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia about miscellaneous sports.



Researchers at the University of California at San Diego monitored the heartbeats of pigs running on a treadmill and reported that one porker ran a mile in less than 8 min.

When Chinese Emperor Wen-Ti came upon travelers playing chess, he asked them to teach him the game. Informed that the main piece was a rajah or shah, meaning emperor in Chinese, Wen-Ti's royal dignity was so outraged that he had the players beheaded.

At the 1956 World Table Tennis Championships, Richard Bergmann of England held up a match for a half hour, complaining that the ball in use was too soft and not really round. He examined 192 balls before he found one to his liking.

The Arab sheikhdom of Kuwait once placed an order with a British firm to supply 25,000 soccer balls, but insisted that they be delivered inflated. A compromise was reached. The company, Mercury International of Longton, shipped out the balls deflated to save cargo space, but sent a special team to Kuwait to blow up the balls after they were unloaded.

Wayne Rollings, a 30-year-old Marine captain stationed at Kaneche, Hawaii, did 17,000 sit-ups in 7 hr., 27 min. on Sept. 13, 1971.

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