Question: In the heavyweight class, who were the recognized American champions in the two hands deadlift from 1929 to 1951?
Frank Petruske, a rangy built man with very broad shoulders, established a record in 1928 of 552 lbs. Because of his untimely death due to drowning July 4, 1929, his eventual capabilities were never proven. The next champion was Walter Podolak, who was recognized as the strongest man in
Question: What is the Breton Pole? Is it an undersized tree to be tossed similar to the Scotch caber?
Answer: The Breton Pole is similar to the caber in appearance although very much lighter. Instead of being tossed, the smaller end of the twenty foot long staff is held under the armpit and grasping further down the shaft with both hands and levering the upper body backward to right angles while bending he knees, the butt end is raised high into the air, similar to pulling in a big one with a fishing pole. Although the Bretons settled in
Question: It’s always a question who is the strongest man. Just what is considered the strongest animal? Can a strongman compare with a snake in strength, weight for weight and who would win in a physical encounter?
In previous articles I told of Sandow cowing a lion, and “Farmer” Burns the famous wrestler throwing a bear. These are rare instances and few and far between, a very praiseworthy expression is the term “he can lick his weight in wildcats” signifying an individual’s toughness. However, I have weighed the common wild cat (not to be confused with the Canadian lynx) an the particular one I had on the scales weighed 42 ½ lbs., in which case a 200 lb. man would have to face four of these snarling, spitting demons, 170 lbs. total all at once. In all probability it’s doubtful if the athlete could subdue barehanded just one wildcat weighing the 30 lbs. excess weight that would equal his 200 lbs. It’s interesting to note that Carl Akeley, the famous big game hunter, once encountered a 80 lb. leopard and, after his first shot had fortunately broken its foot and it couldn’t get a purchase to disembowel him with its hind claws, yet with its teeth sunk in his right arm he gripped its throat with his left hand and in mortal combat they rolled about on the sand. Carl finally got on top forcing his elbows into the beast’s armpits until he could drive his knees again and again into the chest wall breaking the animal’s ribs! With broken bones piercing the lungs he still had to repeatedly stab the tenacious feline with a knife before the last flicker life departed. A snake, weight for weight, is physically superior to a man. There is a battle between man and reptile in the R.K.O. production “Tembo” where a python which appears about the same weight as it victim quickly had two twists around the man’s body and the next coil would have crushed him to death but for the advent of Howard Hill, the world’s greatest archer, killing the snake with his first arrow through the python’s head. And speaking of characters and animals, on a motion picture location they needed live animals and hired a range hardened Texan who claimed he could catch anything that walked on four legs using only a five foot piece of pipe with a flexible cable welded to one end and looped back through the pipe to form a snare, the loose end having a wrist hold. This type of come-along is typical for small animals but they emphatically wanted mountain lion and bear and doubted his ability, especially as he toted a jug. “Hyperphobie medicine” he called it. Well, this tough-as-cowhide cowboy proved himself fearless by crawling into a windfall headfirst after a wild cat and, backing it to the limit, snared it around the neck and forefoot, dragged it into the open and snagging its legs with another noose then tied it up with pigging thongs. Next, he took a long swig from his jug and poured some of the liquid over his badly lacerated hands. A few days later the dogs treed a huge mountain lion weighing nearly 200 lbs. Tex went right up the tree and out on the limb, maneuvered with the beast for a short period, finally flopped the loop over its head, tightened the noose with all his might and the cougar leapt with explosive power into the air. Lion and man struck the ground fifteen feet below.
Question: Among the wrestlers, who has become the most famous thru the application of novel ideas, extravaganza and ballyhoo – with a proportionate bank account?
The modern trend gained emphasis in a big way with the advent of Gorgeous George in 1943 who is now recognized as the Human Orchid and who became a blond as recent as 1947. Here is a smart performer, for displaying his “wares” in 277 exhibitions in 1951 his ring revenue paid him $160,000 aside from the fat that he is now probably the world’s most illustrious turkey raiser, amassing $128,000 from the birds in the same year. He expects 1952 to become his banner year form his feathery chested friends with an intake of $150.000. You, in
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