REAR ADMIRAL LOUIS B. OLSON
U.S. Coast Guard
The Aleuts in the Pribilof Islands have a practical sport. Competing groups go to the cliffs where thousands-of large birds nest. Each group clears an area of old eggs and paints a square around its area. The next day, the group with the most eggs in its area wins.
This is an article from the Aug. 6, 1956 issue
FRANK E. MASON
Purring, a sport in Wales. Contestants wear heavy shoes with reinforced toes. Then they face each other with hands on the other's shoulders. At the signal, both start kicking the other's shins. The one who lets go and backs away to save what's left of his shins is the loser.
CAPTAIN PERCY A. COOK
Cook Island, Fla.
Descendant of the famed explorer
A lion hunt in Africa where the natives use spears and shields only. The natives circled the lion until he was cornered. Then the lion leaped at a native, who tried to fend him off with his shield. Even though one native was killed, they vied with each other to engage the lion.
Whaling in Greenland, a wonderful sport that you can never forget. All the Eskimo women and children stand on the hills watching the boats and singing the whale song, Sonya Klipoq, the lyrics of which are—"Maybe a blue whale; maybe a black whale; anyway a whale."
GEORGE F. PI ERROT
Adventurer, lecture director
Ka-bad-di, played in Pakistan. A player must take a deep breath, run 50 feet, touch an opponent and return without being tackled. The player must shout "ka-bad-di" over and over on the one deep breath he has taken. If he takes a second-breath or is tackled, he loses.
DR. WENDELL PHILLIPS
Economic adviser to Sultan of Muscat
High jumping by the Watusi. These men are giants. It's common to see them seven to eight feet tall in Africa's Congo. They jump from a stone and clear the bar at seven feet 8½ inches. They refuse to compete in the Olympics because officials won't let them use the stone.
RAYMOND M. DINSMORE
President, Circumnavigators Club
On April 29, the birthday of Emperor Hirohito, I saw the big, heavyweight Sumo wrestlers, garbed in ceremonial clothes, hold the mob spellbound by performing in the finest traditions of the sport. It's the world series of wrestling because only the top wrestlers compete.
W. GEORGE HUNTINGTON
Peg spearing by the Royal Bengal Lancers in India. Pegs are driven into the ground in several rows. The Lancers gallop down, each on his row of pegs, spearing as many pegs as he can and throwing the pegs over his shoulder. The one who spears the most pegs wins.
JAMES G. STAHLMAN
A fight between the mongoose and cobra in Delhi, India. The cobra arrives in a basket. The mongoose is chained. After the fakirs put on their stunts, the Hindus play a weird chant on reed instruments while the mongoose sniffs the cobra. When both are frantic, they are let loose.
How do you feel about mixed foursomes in golf?