Trivia

Hard

The First Athlete To Be Disqualified From The Olympics For Doping Used Which Of These Substances?

Cocaine
Steroids
Marijuana
Beer

Answer: Beer

In the 1968 Summer Olympics, Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall—a Swedish pentathlete—had the distinction of being the first athlete to be disqualified from the Olympics for doping (which subsequently caused the disqualification of the Swedish team, who had to eventually return their bronze medals). Liljenwall certainly wasn’t the first person in the history of competitions, Olympic or otherwise, to use performance enhancing drugs, but he was the first one to be caught and expelled from the Olympics after the introduction of wide-ranging anti-doping regulations by the International Olympics Committee in 1967.

His offense? Downing “two beers” before taking up his target pistol. If you’ve never had a few pints at the pub and played a round of darts or a glass of whiskey before taking up some snooker or pool, you might not be aware of how much of an affect alcohol has on sports that require fine motor skills and precise hand movements.

When it comes to activities like darts, pool, or target shooting, the ability to control the tiniest tremors in your hands is a huge advantage in helping you place the item (be it a dart, a ball, or a bullet) exactly where you want it. The effect of a unit or two of alcohol on the muscle control and stability of target shooters is so profound, in fact, that consuming alcohol right before a match is considered use of a performance enhancing drug. In a similar vein, beta blockers (again because they help steady the hands) are also banned in target shooting sports.

Trivia

Very Hard

The Sci-Fi Term “Metahuman” Was Coined By?

Trivia

Hard

Maryland Has An Official Holiday Celebrating Which Video Game Franchise?

Trivia

Hard

The Highest Flying Bird In The World Is A Type Of?

Trivia

Hard

During World War II, Which Of These Types Of Correspondence Were Banned To Prevent Spying?

Trivia

Easy

The Only Internal Organ In The Human Body Capable Of Regeneration Is The?

Trivia

Hard

In A Standard Deck Of Cards, The King Of Hearts Lacks A?

Trivia

Hard

Which Spacecraft Was The First To Autonomously Return Extraterrestrial Samples to Earth?

Trivia

Very Hard

In The 1950s The Soviets Proposed What To Warm The Pacific Ocean?

Trivia

Hard

In 18th Century, Human Alarm Clocks Employed In Britain Were Known As?

Trivia

Hard

The First Google Doodle Celebrated What?