• Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports
  • Fox Tossing, Firework Boxing, and Other Forgotten Sports
  • Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports
  • Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports
  • Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports
  • A Forgotten Sport: Bloodless Dueling
  • Fox-Tossing: Hot Hasty Pie Eating
  • EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT FULLSCREEN’S FOXTOSSING (FEAT. SCOTTY SIRE AND ELTON CASTEE)
  • BOOKS WITH JEN: Ep. 10 | Weird Historical Facts with Ed Brooke Hitching
  • May Book Haul | Part 2
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For those who enjoyed the quirkiness of Schott's Miscellany, the erudition of The Etymologicon or the extremes of The Dangerous Book for Boys, this is the perfect read.
From Flagpole Sitting to Mumble a Sparrow, Edward Brooke-Hitching has researched through piles of dusty tomes to bring vividly back to life some of the most curious, dangerous and downright bizarre sports and pastimes that mankind has ever devised, before thinking better of it and erasing it from the memory.
After all, who would ever want to bring back Fox Tossing, a popular sport for men and women in 18th-century Germany? As the name suggests, it would involve dozens of couples pairing up and standing 20-25 feet apart in an enclosed field, each holding one end of a net, and then they would pull hard at both ends as the fox ran past, sending it flying high into the air.
There are many other sports revealed within these pages that are unlikely ever to make an appearance on Sky Sports, such as Firework Boxing, which is just as dangerous as it sounds. Meanwhile, Ski Ballet may not have been so risky, but Suzy 'Chapstick' Chaffee's signature move – the Suzy Split (a complete forward split while balanced on the tips of her skis) – was probably not one to try at home. An intriguing, entertaining and occasionally shocking insight into the vivid imaginations of mankind across the years, Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports is an unforgettable read.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22628 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P42LP44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Quirky, Eccentric and Great Fun!

4 people found this helpful.
 on 16 July 2015
By abeille
What an original and entertaining read – full of whacky and bizarre long forgotten sports, from Roman times to those from not that long ago, written with a wonderful sense of humour, combined with lots of fascinating references. Well researched with excellent illustrations. Dip into it a chapter at a time, or read it straight through – I did the latter because I found it unputdownable! As a beautifully produced and decent sized hardback with dustwrapper, it has the has the added bonus of making a great present, and neatly solves what to give someone when you haven’t a clue, without breaking the bank (so remember this book for Christmas). Thoroughly recommended – and since buying mine I’ve seen it well reviewed in the Daily Mail, The Times and The Spectator, so I’m not the only one who loves this book.

looks good quality. I’m sure my Dad will love it

 on 28 October 2017
By jess
Arrived quickly.. looks good quality. I’m sure my Dad will love it.

Fabulous book

4 people found this helpful.
 on 14 June 2015
By jsquared
What a brilliant book! Funny and factual, filled with the most amazing stories I pick it up again and again. I’m a big fan of QI and podcasts like radiolab and freakonomics and this book contains the same kind of wonderful trivia.

So much fun!

3 people found this helpful.
 on 29 August 2015
By Mr. Will Walker
I loved this book so much I’ve already bought 2 other copies for gifts. I devoured in one but also great for just dipping in for some whimsical and totally fascinating tales of bizarre sports and the derring dos of the men and women that pioneered them.

I highly recommend it!

2 people found this helpful.
 on 26 August 2015
By Aleyha Ahmed
What a fascinating and hilarious read! A thing of beauty as well. This book is a must for all ages and a necessity for every household coffee table though you won’t want to put it down on any item of furniture for long. I highly recommend it!

Great fun and very well written

2 people found this helpful.
 on 26 August 2015
By Lucy Lees
Kept me amused on hours of tube journeys. Would make a good present for any sport-lover, or anyone with a good sense of the ridiculous!

Five Stars

2 people found this helpful.
 on 15 June 2015
By Kate
Fantastic book. Brook-Hitching’s style is accessible and humorous. recommended!

Five Stars

2 people found this helpful.
 on 20 October 2015
By Mr. Richard Le Poidevin
Very interesting book which gives an insight into the nature of people.

Five Stars

3 people found this helpful.
 on 25 August 2015
By cd
a1 just the job

You’ll never be short of conversation at the pub again!

4 people found this helpful.
 on 9 July 2015
By L. Fitzharris
This book was tremendously fun to read. Brooke-Hitching’s meticulous research is equally matched by his humorous presentation of history’s long-forgotten sports. FOX TOSSING is as entertaining as it is fascinating. And now I have a plethora of strange facts to regale people with at the pub!
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