Curious Trivial Facts (6/11)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

In the twelfth century, modern tennis was born when monks introduced a racquet into the handball game that they played against monastery walls.  The name came later, however, when French nobility latched onto the sport and their servants took to calling “tenez” (which translates to “hold on” or “take heed”) just before the ball was tossed into play.

The man who gave Jack Russell terriers their name was Reverend John “Jack” Russell, an English clergyman who bred dogs as a hobby.  Although he developed the eponymous fox terrier offshoot in the 1800s, the breed wasn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1997.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

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