IDLE ROYAL AMUSEMENTS
For the birthday of the Duchess of Würtemberg in 1798, the British royal family assembled in Maiden Castle, in Dorchester, to watch these sports:
To be played for at cricket: a round of beef.
A pound of tobacco to be grinned for.
A barrel of beer to be rolled down the hill: a prize to whoever stops it.
A goose to be dived for.
A good hat to be cudgelled for.
Half a guinea to the rider of the ass who wins the best of three heats by coming in last.
A pig: prize to whoever catches him by the tail.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)