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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Punch (combat)

When Michelangelo was working as an apprentice, a fellow student Pietro Torrigiano took a dislike to his arrogant ways. Torrigiano punched Michelangelo's nose so hard he virtually flattened it. Torrigiano later boasted that he left his signature on the great man's face.

Sir Isaac Newton's college notebooks contained a coded list of his childhood sins, which included punching his sister.

In 1870, British boxing champ Jim Mace and American boxer Joe Coburn fought for three hours and 48 minutes without landing one punch.


Oscar Wilde was surprisingly physically strong. At Oxford University when a gang of students tried to beat him he up he booted out the first, virtually knocked out the second with a punch, threw out the third through the air then carried the fourth downstairs and buried him beneath his own furniture.

In a 1917 game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.

On October 18, 1926, Harry Houdini was talking to a group of students in his dressing room after a lecture in Montreal and he commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows. Suddenly, one of the students punched Houdini twice in the stomach.
The magician hadn't had time to prepare, and the blows ruptured his appendix. He fell ill on the train to Detroit, and, after performing one last time, was hospitalized. Doctors operated on him, but to no avail. The burst appendix poisoned his system and he died of peritonitis twelve days later.

Among Ernest Hemingway's many injuries was a finger gashed to the bone in an accident with a punching ball.


The actress Rita Hayworth packed a real punch: she knocked out two of co-star Glenn Ford's teeth during a fight scene in the movie Gilda.

The actor Liam Neeson used to be a teacher, but got fired for punching a 15-year-old pupil when the boy pulled a knife out in class.

David Bowie's right pupil was permanently dilated as a result of his friend George Underwood punching him in the eye while the pair were still at school. The fight was over a girl.

Mike Tyson has cared for pigeons throughout his life. The first punch he ever threw was when he was child and directed at a bully that killed one of his birds.

Claude Monet's 1874 painting Argenteuil Basin With A Single Sail Boat needed two years of repairs after a man punched a hole through it in 2012.

If you are attacked by a shark, you are advised to punch at its eyes, snout and gills (on the sides of the head, ahead of the pectoral fins). Play dead and the shark will think you are a free lunch.

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