September 30, 1659

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1659, Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Director-General of the New Netherlands (the New Netherlands ranged from modern day Delaware to Rhode Island) forbid tennis playing during religious services. He had received many complaints from the aged priests about the younger players hitting balls at them and he agreed that the older priests were no longer agile enough to dodge the balls while trying to lead the rest of the congregation during Sunday service.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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