I'm proud to present to you a new sport that I hadn't heard of until today - Fox Tossing. It was featured on Ptaks Science Books, a good source of weirdness. Here's what they say about this exciting new pasttime:
In the early 17th century there existed a German Court sport of fox-tossing. What would happen is this: a coral would be made of cloth screens; court favorites would entire the enclosures with ropes while disabled foxes were also introduced; the people would pair up with a long rope between them, held slack to the ground; the animals would run in an enforced terror around and through the pairs and over the slack ropes; when the fox tried to run over the rope, the pair would yank the rope taught, launching the fox into the air. And so on until everything was up in the air or dead. And that’s it.
Skilled male tossers could toss a fox 24 ft. high...At a famous fox-tossing in Dresden there were tossed some 687 foxes, 533 hares, 34 badgers, 21 wild cats, and at the end 34 young wild boar and 3 wolves....”
Apart from the strangeness that time has leant the thought of purposefully killing animals for a bit of a laugh, you do have to wonder exactly how bored you would have to have been to invent this as a sport...