Hello my dear students! Your favorite teacher is back with another round of Olympic trivia. Ready? Tell me, which of the following was an official event in past Olympic games: fire-fighting, poodle clipping, tug-of-war, or delivery van driving? [Pause] Believe it or not, they all used to be Olympic events! Well, poodle clipping—where contestants tried to trim the most poodles’ fur in a two-hour period—was only a trial event, but it had 6,000 fans at the Paris Games in 1900!
So, while we’re on the topic of fake-sounding events that really exist, do you know what Olympic sport uses The Uber Cup as one of its qualifying events? The answer is badminton, a funny-sounding word in its own right. Where did the name and the sport come from? Hot for Words is here to investigate.Tweet