In 1962 Maryland Declared Jousting Their Official State Sport

Samuel Reason | October 20th, 2018

One would have thought that jousting was reserved for a bygone time, the medieval ages. A time of knights, kings, and princesses; all galloping furiously on their noble steeds. Tipped from head to toy in ancient armor, jousting was a sport that was much loved for decades. Of course, as we entered the modern times riding towards each other at breakneck speeds with sticks just seemed to fall out of fashion. In fact, nobody would blame you if you thought jousting was no longer practiced at all today.

s3.amazonaws.com

However, in 1962, something pretty incredible happened in the state of Maryland, United States Of America. The state officially recognized jousting as their state sport and though it may seem a little strange, if you do dig into the history of Maryland then it starts to make sense. Jousting tournaments had been held there since colonial times and after the civil war, they began to become even more popular.

Keeping the medieval spirit of the tournament alive was part of the interest, so competitors are still called “knights” and “maids” even today. It is not a surprise to see many colorful uniforms or medieval costumes being worn during the sporting events. Men, women, and children can all compete against each other, the only determining factor is their skill with the joust and workmanship which determines which class of rider they are in.

Though note that today the jousting tournaments that are still hosted are what are referred to as “ring tournaments.” Here riders gallop at full speed down an 80-yard course towards suspended rings, the goal is, of course, to hook the fine tipped lance through the middle. The rider has only 8 seconds to complete the whole course and will score points depending on how many rings they collect. It is also noted that jousting appears to be a real family sport, in the sense that skill is passed down generation by generation.

Next Article
  • Giant Artificial Glaciers Growing In The Desert

    One smart engineer from a small remote village in Indian has put his engineering skills to the test and decided to counter-effect the problems being caused by global warming. A global and immense problem for one engineer to tackle, but Sonam Wangchuk is up for the fight. His solution is very simple, create artificial glaciers...

    Read More
  • The Flower That Will Kill You With A Smile

    When one hears the phrase satanic grin, you may think of the DC Comics The Joker’s laugh as he executes a deadly plan. That sardonic grin is well known across the whole world, a grin that comes hand in hand with death. The corners of your mouth go up really far on each side and...

    Read More
  • The Deadly Dynamite Tree

    There is actually a tree that exists covered in poisonous spikes which is capable of dropping exploding dynamite fruit on your head. And to make matters worse the explosions launches spikes & seeds to launch out into the air at over 150 miles per hour, sending them a good 100 feet. ...

    Read More
  • Two Chinese Woman Jump Off A Bridge To Decide True Love

    A young man was put to the test and found himself facing a very difficult situation, his current girlfriend and ex-girlfriend jumped off a bridge to find out who he would save. To say he was confused that two grown women had thrown themselves into a river would be an understatement, but that is what...

    Read More
  • The Raptor Of The Skies That Views Humans As Prey

    For most people living in the western world or any relatively urban area, being eaten by an animal sounds like a story you would only read about in Africa. It sounds like a story that would only happen in a horror tale or during a fantasy story. But not so long ago, being eaten by...

    Read More
  • The Australian Bushranger Who Was A Master Prison Escapist

    One Australian bushranger by the name of Joseph Johns had a very interesting talent: no cell or prison could hold him. In fact, he escaped from prison on so many occasions the authorities became frustrated and built him a special cell that was tailored to keep him inside. The governor even came and checked the...

    Read More
  • Romania Home To The Living And Growing Rocks

    These mysterious rocks that appear to be living entities in Romania continue to grow & grow, defying all the odds and confusing biologists around the world. They really do appear to be something that is impossible: stones that move and grow. Locals refer to them as Trovants and they have confused experts all around the...

    Read More
  • Chuuk Lagoon The Biggest Underwater Graveyard

    If you happen to like diving with wrecks and skeletons then you may want to check out Chuuk Lagoon on your next trip. Previously known as Truk Lagoon, this was a main Japanese naval base during the Second World War. It was home to a huge portion of the Japanese fleet and was their main...

    Read More