He was disqualified for loose talking
July 9, 2013 2:32 AM Subscribe
posted by julen (24 comments total)
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In the 1920s and 1930s, endurance marathons were all the rage. Most folks know about marathon dancing and eating contests, but people would step up to test their endurance in every arena possible. One of least successful was the The Noun and Verb Rodeo
, sometimes called the World Champion Gabfest, (1928), where "[p]rofanity was grounds for disqualification, but no points were awarded for style, diction, grammar, or even for making sense. All that mattered was that an individual kept talking."
It didn't attract crowds who'd pay an entrance fee or buy concessions, and the competitors hated it. Reporters loved covering it (these links go to images or replicas of the original articles): The Evening Independent
reported that the "Gabfest" was won by a swimming instructor and retired Flagpole Sitter
, while the Cumberland Evening Times
gleefully analyzes why the Rodeo flopped.