The mourning sword used in Margaret Thatcher’s funeral was last used at the funeral of Winston Churchill. The black weapon is said to have been found in the Thames, and dates to the 1500s.
The death penalty in Saudi Arabia is done by beheading with a sword, but the country is running low on qualified swordsmen to do the job.
The Japanese women’s judo coach has been reprimanded for beating his athletes with a wooden sword, as well as slapping them.
Forensic evidence shows that Richard III was mostly likely killed with a sword thrust to the base of the skull.
After getting poleaxed in the head. And slashed across the chest. And stabbed through the buttocks. And several other nasty injuries.
In a surprise move, the IOC voted to keep the threatened sport of Modern Pentathlon in the Olympics for 2020. Instead, they killed off wrestling, one of the only sports that has been in every modern games, and probably every ancient games as well.
Who knew that wrestling was lower on the totem pole than synchronized swimming?