1. Organized “wrist wrestling” began in a saloon in 1952.
Gilardi’s Bar in Petaluma, California, to be exact.
2. But the sport itself dates back to ancient Egypt.
Hieroglyphs depict arm-wrestling-style bouts. This one says “Montuemsaf totally owned Senusret, 2038 B.C.”
3. Magnus Samuelsson is a champion arm wrestler and 14-time World’s Strongest Man finals contender.
Magnus has been given the nickname “The King of the Stones” because he has the world’s strongest arms.
4. There are men’s and women’s leagues all over the world.
With right- and left-handed competitions.
5. Arm wrestling puts immense stress on the humerus bone of the arm, more so than any other sporting activity. This results in frequent fractures.
And there’s nothing humerus about that.
7. In 1972, Ronald Reagan “wrist wrestled” league founder Bill Soberanes and cheated.
The Gipper put Soberanes’ arm down before he was ready, breaking one of his ribs. It was reportedly an accident.
8. Pro arm wrestler Matthias Schlitte has one super-sized arm.
The arm is the result of both a genetic defect and training. His slight frame allows him to compete in a lower weight class, where his larger arm is a huge advantage.
9. Arm wrestling gained major traction as an American sport in the 1960s when Charles Schulz featured it in Peanuts.
In the comics, Snoopy travels to Petaluma to compete for the championship, but is disqualified for lack of thumbs.