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  • - [Narrator] You probably remember this

  • hilarious moment from When Harry Met Sally.

  • - Then she tells you her stories, you tell her your stories.

  • - [Narrator] Well, this ridiculous rom-com scene

  • is indicative of a real and very serious sport, which,

  • believe it or not, introduced society to sport betting.

  • Competitive walking, better know to some

  • as pedestrianism, started in the 1800s.

  • Aristocrats at that time had footmen

  • whose job was to carry messages

  • from one aristocrat to another.

  • It was only a matter of time until the aristocrats

  • started making wagers on whose footman was faster.

  • Thus, the birth of sport betting as we know it.

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  • Competitive walking grew into a real sporting event,

  • and reached its peak in the 1870s and 1880s,

  • when spectators would show up in

  • Super Bowl-like masses to see people walk competitively.

  • They even filled up the original Madison Square Garden.

  • Wow.

  • Sometimes races would last up to six days

  • and the atmosphere was almost festival-like.

  • Brass bands played, vendors sold pickled eggs,

  • maybe even some roasted chestnuts.

  • Yum.

  • The competitions drew everyone,

  • from celebrities to politicians, even regular folk.

  • Champagne, of all things, was

  • the drink of choice for walkers.

  • They thought it was a stimulant,

  • and, as one would, they drank it by the bottle.

  • And, guess what, it kinda worked.

  • One guy walked 136 miles in just 34 hours.

  • Bottoms up.

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Walk 'Til You Drop: The Story Behind Sports Betting

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    許大善   に公開 2019 年 11 月 15 日
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