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Winner: TomO

A couple of fresh faces on the winner’s podium this evening. Newbie Alex tied for the lead in regulation, but lost the play off and TomO became a first time winner. Good job. Now let’s see if you can come back and do it again.

With Mistress Daphne away exploring the Arctic, Mike, the mild moderator, handled things and the game proceeded at a fast clip. He fooled everyone when he asked why it is illegal to sell an ET doll in France? Turns out the French require that dolls must have human faces only. Who knew.

Good question!: What was the first sport to be filmed?

Choices: a. tennis   b. baseball   c. boxing   d. horse racing

Answer: boxing (well, sort of)

This is one strange tale.

THOMAS EDISON FILMED STRIPPERS, DRUG DENS, ANIMAL MURDERS, AND THE VERY FIRST CAT VIDEO

“Edison’s early experiments in film were often pretty scandalous even by today’s standards. There was the time he recorded his favorite body-building stripper, rather gracelessly disrobing upon the trapeze, right down to her massive Victorian underwear. There was also Chinese Opium Den, from which only one frame survives, but you can guess the content. There’s even the time he filmed himself electrocuting Topsy the elephant. So you have sex, drugs and violence, all right there at the beginning of cinema.

Edison really knew what the public wanted, so obviously he made a cat video!

In 1894 Edison filmed “Boxing Cats” at his Black Maria Studio, the charming results of which you see here. Why boxing cats? The Library of Congress explains that this was a relatively popular form of live entertainment for the time:

“The performance was part of Professor Henry Welton’s ‘cat circus,’ which toured the United States both before and after appearing in Edison’s film. Performances included cats riding small bicycles and doing somersaults, with the boxing match being the highlight of the show.”

The Library of Congress’s summary of the film is just “A very interesting and amusing subject.” Can’t argue with that!” (dangerousminds.net)

Turns out upon further research there was a real boxing match filmed by the Edison studios in 1894, but I don’t think we can forgive him for starting the cat video craze:

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Now if we’re going to be watching boxing videos you know it has to be “Rocky” and if you haven’t seen this recently it’s really worth a look:

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