January 01 in weird history.

Today in 1977 the U.S. Polo Association’s ban on left-handed play went into effect.

You’re probably asking yourself why this is.  (Or maybe not)  Granted,  seems a little weird at first glance.  Was the Polo Association suddenly really down on left-handed people?  Was there a mass uprising of lefties screaming that they have the right to play polo?

The simple answer to these questions is: safety.  Not having ever played polo before I didn’t realize that if you play left handed you exponentially increase the risk of injury to both your opponent and the animal you are riding.  So, then the ban makes sense.  To this day polo remains the only sport in which it is against the rules to play left handed.


*tap tap* Is this thing on?

Hey y’all, I’m finally joining this fray that is Social Nerdism. First, allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Kris and I live in the New Orleans area. I’m a freelance writer by trade and I have two regular columns over at Zenith City Weekly in Duluth, MN. (Although we publish every 3 weeks).

I’m also a book reviewer and will be doing some of that over here as well.

I’m also going to be starting a regular thing here called “Today in Weird History” where I note and discuss well, weird things that happened in history on this date.

If you know of an event you would like me to feature, my suggestions box is always open. Feel free to email me at: kristin@kmilstead.com

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