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Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports

In 17th-century Germany, a favourite pastime of nobles was to catapult foxes in to the air and then club them on landing, while last century someone thought it would be a good idea to race cheetahs on greyhound tracks. And as for the person who came up with ski ballet… Edward Brooke-Hitching has scoured the pages of history to discover over 100 forgotten sports from around the world, from the ancient and lethal sport of buffalo jumping, through the insanity of auto polo, to phone-booth…

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