Ready for the Olympics’ opening ceremonies tonight? The pageantry! The sacrifice of 100 oxen! The chariot races! The public whipping of cheaters! The nude athletes probing the entrails of sacrificed animals for hints of victory!
—Er, you won’t see much of that tonight since those fun customs date to the original games in 776 BCE, according to a fascinating article in Nat Geo.
I guess a few billion of us will still enjoy this year's version, but maybe they could at least bring back the chariot races next time?
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