These are some interesting facts about the history of sports.
- Before 1859, umpires sat in a padded rocking chair behind the catcher.
- In the National Hockey League, home teams wear white jerseys and visiting teams wear dark jerseys. That's because back in the 1960s, the league figured it would be more difficult to keep white uniforms clean while players were on the road.
- The first puck ever used in a game was a frozen piece of cow crap.
- "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye." That phrase comes from Ancient Rome. The only rule during Roman wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Biting, kicking and scratching were allowed but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone's eye out.
- Yo-yo's started out as weapons in the Philippine Islands in the 16th century. It weighed four pounds and had a 20 foot cord. It was introduced to the United States as a toy in 1929.
- In ancient Japan, public contests were held to see who in a town could fart the loudest and longest. Winners were awarded many prizes and received great recognition.
- In ancient Rome, when men played the olympics, they would compete in the total nude.