Elves (from left): Andy Murray, Eric Lampaert, Dan Schrieber, James Harkin & Anne Miller
On one foggy night in 1893, 79 people fell into the Amsterdam's canals. Not to be confused with Amstardam, Eric Lampaert's upcoming film.
Here's a 1915 interview with Tod Sloan, who invented the 'monkey crouch'. It was more enduring than the javelin-spin, which was deemed too dangerous. And on further safety grounds, the javelin has had to be made less aerodynamic.
Jockeys have various means of keeping their weight down, like the peanut diet or the sweat bath.
Not all athletes are so restrained: Usain Bolt lives off chicken nuggets; the first ever marathon winner was fuelled along the way by wine, beer and Easter eggs (while third place was disqualified for using a carriage); and Tour de France competitors used to stop off in bars and cafés along the way.
The recent Ebola outbreak in Guinea has been blamed on bat-eating.
Buddhist monks can increase their body temperature at will - a technique also mastered by Arctic swimmer Lewis Pugh.
Read the extraordinary coincidence of Dennis vs Dennis here.
Heraclitus tried to cure his dropsy by lying in the sun covered in dung; 2000 years later wearing trousers on your head was how to treat impotence.
18th c medicines included Grimston's Eye Snuff, Allan's Nipple Liniment and Miller's Worm Plums.
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Mauro Prosperi's death-defying desert marathon
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Here are our top tips for avoiding a medical emergency:
1) At the Arab Rifle Shooting Championships, the Kuwaitis played the spoof Kazakh National Anthem from Borat, rather than the real one.
2) This couple accidentally flew to Sydney, Canada instead of Sydney, Australia.
3) Britain somehow sidestepped diplomatic crisis, despite waving the South Korean flag for a North Korean team at the Olympics.