Theodore Roosevelt was a man's man -- the very image of individualism, strength, and courage. It is hard to imagine anyone making fun of the man who would become the 26th President of the United States. There was a period of time, however, when Roosevelt less resembled the Rough Rider of legend and looked a... Continue Reading →
Ian MacMillan was counting on the return of the King -- the King of Rock 'n' Roll, that is. In 2002 MacMillan, an unemployed resident of Great Britain, placed a wager of five pence (7¢ in US currency) in favor of Elvis Presley riding into town on a horse named Shergar for a tennis match with Lord... Continue Reading →
If basketball or hockey isn't your thing, consider taking up the sport of buzkashi. Originating with the Turks and Mongols sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries, its name means "goat dragging." The name describes it well. Buzkashi games are played between horse-mounted players who compete to see who can drag a decapitated goat carcass... Continue Reading →
British Member of Parliament Horatio Bottomley made a lot of money through fraud. He also lost a lot of money the same way. In a classic case of karma, in 1914 Bottomley bought all the horses that would run a race. He paid the jockeys to finish in a certain order and bet large sums... Continue Reading →
When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny. source
US President Ulysses S. Grant was known for his military exploits and for being the 18th President of the United States. He was also known for being a bit of a lead foot, and he holds the dubious honor of having been arrested for speeding while he occupied the White House. Grant was driving his... Continue Reading →
"Bernarr MacFadden had the wild glare of an educated horse doing a problem in arithmetic." -- Alva Johnston Source
Jockey Frank Hayes won a horse race at Belmont Park in New York in 1923. What is remarkable is that he was dead at the time. He suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle past the finish line.
A 12-pound, duck-sized horse called Sifrhippus once inhabited the forests of North America. https://twitter.com/commonplacefact Posted via DraftCraft app
The record distance for being dragged by a horse while one's body is on fire is held by Halapi Roland of Hungary. The record distance is 472.8 meters (1151 feet 2 inches).