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Since: 11.12.01
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From Wiki, so take with the requisite grain of salt

"The marathon was the most bizarre event of the Games. It was run in brutally hot weather, over dusty roads, with horses and automobiles clearing the way and creating dust clouds.

1. The first to arrive was Frederick Lorz, who actually was just trotting back to the finish line to retrieve his clothes, after dropping out after nine miles. When the officials thought he had won the race, Lorz played along with his practical joke until he was found out shortly after the medal ceremony and was banned for a year by the AAU for this stunt, later winning the 1905 Boston Marathon.

2. Thomas Hicks (a Briton running for the United States) was the first to cross the finish-line legally, after having received several doses of strychnine sulfate mixed with brandy from his trainers. He was supported by his trainers when he crossed the finish, but is still considered the winner. Hicks had to be carried off the track, and possibly would have died in the stadium, had he not been treated by several doctors.

3. A Cuban postman named Felix Carbajal joined the marathon. He had to run in street clothes that he cut around the legs to make them look like shorts. He stopped off in an orchard en route to have a snack on some apples, which turned out to be rotten. The rotten apples caused him to have to lie down and take a nap. Despite falling ill to apples he finished in fourth place.

4. The marathon included the first two black Africans to compete in the Olympics; two Tswana tribesmen named Len Tau (real name: Len Taunyane) and Yamasani (real name: Jan Mashiani). But they weren't there to compete in the Olympics, they were actually the sideshow. They had been brought over by the exposition as part of the Boer War exhibit (both were really students from Orange Free State in South Africa, but this fact was not made known to the public). Len Tau finished ninth and Yamasani came in twelfth. This was a disappointment, as many observers were sure Len Tau could have done better if he had not been chased nearly a mile off course by aggressive dogs."

Also:
"The organizers of the games held "Anthropology Days" on August 12 and 13. Various indigenous men from around the world, who were at the World's Fair as part of the exhibits, competed in various events for anthropologists to see how they compared to the white man."



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Well, that was certainly random--hey, wait.



Eddie Famous
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Since: 11.12.01
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.90

Yes it turned out more random than I intended. I think I had some reason to link it to the present day, but it got lost in my aging head.

How old am I? One of my neighbors had that cool calculator/game thingy in your sig. That was super neat at the time.



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OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005
OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005
OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005
As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight"
As of 7/31/06: 224 pounds
As of 12/7/08 (four years out): Still 210 pounds down!
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I don't know about the other three, but the Felix story I can vouch for since I read it as a little kid in a published book of strange but true sporting facts. Unfortunately, I lost the title but I know it was written by a author named Mac Davis in the 1960's, since he wrote a similar book based on baseball facts (Baseball's Unforgettables).

The (condensed) story is that when he came to the US in New Orleans, he lost everything he had to gamblers. Still determined to run the marathon, he ran the whole distance from New Orleans to St. Louis- a total of about 700 miles! He had just got to the start of the race in time but had nothing but the ragged clothes he was already wearing to race. So a fellow runner helped him by cutting off the sleeves of his shirt and the legs of his trousers in half. And he still finished the race in fourth, a great feat considering his condition and the fact that out of the over 30 runners that were in the race, less than half finished it at all!









Citifield- where we have obstructed views so you don't have to see all the gory details of how our team chokes on it yet again.



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