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- North Melbourne player Fred Rutley was reported six times in one match against Geelong in 1925 – two kicking, three striking and one melee – resulting in an 89-week suspension.
- In 1910, two Carlton players – Doug Fraser and Alex Lang – were both found guilty of bribery, resulting in a suspension lasting 99 weeks each.
- There have been three winning grand final scores that have each been registered seven times in the game’s history – 68, 85, 89.
- There has only ever been one game that lasted more than one day. In 1996, the lights in the stadium of a match between St Kilda and Essendon went out half way through the game, resulting in the rest of the match being played the following week.
- Which team has won more wooden spoons than it has had finals appearances?
St Kilda. 27 wooden spoons to 26 finals series.
- What is strange about the Sydney Swans swan?
It’s white. In Australia, we have black swans.
- Which team has won the wooden spoon and the premiership in the same year?
Fitzroy in 1916. Only four teams competed due to World War 1.
- Richmond forfeited the 1904 VFA Grand Final because of the appointment of an umpire.


- The 17 times one player has outscored the entire opponent team
1/. Taylor Walker 7.3 (45) defeated Brisbane Lions 6.8 (44), Round 21, 2015
2/. Daniel Merrett 7.2 (44) defeated GWS Giants 5.10 (40), Round 8, 2012
3/. Stephen Kernahan 10.7 (67) defeated Footscray 8.12 (60), Round 3, 1995
4/. Jarryd Blair 4.1 (25) and Travis Cloke 3.6 (24) defeated Port Adelaide 3.3 (21), Round 20, 2011
5/. Matthew Lloyd 13.4 (82) defeated Sydney 9.14 (68), Round 3, 1999
6/. Alastair Lynch 7.4 (46) defeated Brisbane Bears 5.13 (43), Round 21, 1993
7/. Hayden Ballantyne 5.2 (42) defeated Brisbane Lions 3.4 (22), Round 14, 2014
8/. Gary Ablett Sr 9.6 (60) defeated Melbourne 8.8 (56), Round 1, 1996
9/. Jack Gunston 6.1 (37) defeated Carlton 4.11 (35), Round 17, 2015
10/. Allen Jakovich 6.4 (40) defeated Brisbane Bears 4.6 (30), Round 5, 1994
11/. Wayne Carey 8.3 (51) defeated Fremantle 7.5 (47), Round 20, 1998
12/. Sam Gray 6.3 (39) and Charlie Dixon 4.1 (25) defeated Gold Coast 3.2 (20), Round 23, 2017
13/. Dustin Martin 6.0 (36), Jason Castagna 3.2 (20) and Jacob Townsend 3.0 (18) defeated Brisbane Lions 2.5 (17), Round 4, 2018
14/. Stephen Milne 8.2 (50) and Adam Schneider 5.0 (30) defeated Adelaide 3.6 (24), Round 18, 2011
15/. Lance Franklin 10.2 (62) defeated Carlton 8.9 (57), Round 23, 2017
16/. Mark LeCras 6.0 (36) and Josh Kennedy 5.1 (31) defeated St Kilda 3.11 (29), Round 8, 2016
17/. Stewart Crameri 7.2 (44) defeated Essendon 5.10 (40), Round 18, 2015
 

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I was listening to a urologist on the radio as I was driving home tonight. Apparently there is a law of urination where nearly all mammals take 21 seconds to empty a full bladder. Whether, it is a mouse, elephant, or human, it takes the same amount of time.
 
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https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/...d/news-story/511c2cb0b06b4d090c2eaf2ab0446060

1. SQUARE ROOT KING
You might be familiar with Dane Swan’s disposal and KFC SuperCoach dominance, but he also holds a statistical record that no other player has achieved. Swan is the only player in AFL history to have separate disposal games of 49, 36, 25, 16, 9, 4 and 1. If you case your mind back to high school, the square root of these numbers are 7, 6, 5, 4, 2 and 1. That makes Swan the undisputed square root king. Ball magnet Gary Ablett could join him if he records a one disposal game before he hangs up the boots.

2. Double your height in score
This is one for the spearheads. Four players in AFL history have kicked exactly double their height in total score in an individual game, with three of those being among the best forwards of all time. Gary Ablett Snr (6 foot, 1 inch) slotted 12.2 in 1990, Jason Dunstall (6’2’) has kicked 12.4 twice in 1990 and 1992, while Tony Lockett standing at 6 foot, three inches, achieved a more difficult ask of 12 goals and six behinds in 1991.
Remarkably, Carlton’s Greg Kennedy (6’1 and a half) achieved the feat in just his first season, finishing with an individual score of 12.3 in Round 21 of 1972. Kennedy led the club goalkicking with 76 majors that year but was surprisingly dropped for the Grand Final, where Carlton defeated Richmond. The goalkicker played just 26 more games across the next three seasons before retiring from the game.

3. AFL players with over 100 games whose initials match the team they played for
Saint Shane Savage is the only current player to play 100 games for the club he shares his initials with. The highest on this tally is Carlton games record holder Craig Bradley, while maligned Tiger Richard Tambling just makes the cut of this niche category.
Craig Bradley 375 games – Carlton Blues
Steven Sziller 118 games – St Kilda Saints
Richard Tambling 108 games – Richmond Tigers
Shane Savage 107 games – St Kilda Saints
Con McCarthy 101 games – Collingwood Magpies

4. Magic number eight
Here are several obscure stats about the number eight over the years:
-Geelong spearhead and funny man Bill Brownless is the only player to kick eight goals from eight disposals – he did it in Round 2, 1994 against Richmond and received one Brownlow vote.
-Brisbane champion Alastair Lynch holds the record for most eight disposal games, recording that exact number of disposals in 34 matches – including a haul of 7.1 in Round 8, 2003 which secured him the three votes from the umpires.
-Dual premiership Tiger Jack Riewoldt is the most recent player to wear the number eight and have eight kicks from eight disposals. He has done this three times and the Tigers have lost on every occasion.

5. Clang Gang
Port Adelaide battering ram Sam Powell-Pepper holds the record for the most clangers in a game while also also polling three Brownlow votes. In horror conditions at China’s Jiangwan Stadium in Round 9, 2018, the midfielder racked up a whopping 13 clangers along with 26 disposals, and two goals, adjudged best on ground by the men in green.
Other double digit clanger totals to get the umpires 3 votes are:
11 Jack Steven (StK), Dustin Martin (Rich)
10 Travis Johnstone (Melb), Gary Ablett (GC), Jimmy Bartel (Geel), Joel Selwood (Geel), Mitch Robinson (Bris), Luke Shuey (WCE), Dustin Martin (Rich)

6. No snags for the Under Dogs
Now this is a diamond in the rough of the Useless AFL Stats mine. There have been 9 players with a combined 292 AFL games with the word ‘Under’ in their last name, none of which have ever kicked a goal against the Dogs (Western Bulldogs). The closest was Darren Saunders (Collingwood) who kicked a behind in Rd 14 1992.
Below is a list of players that have a surname where part of or all of that name is a prefix/word that can be used in front of dog, ranked by their total goals against the Dogs.
Example: Simon Madden – has ‘Mad’ in his name, with a common nickname/slang term being ‘Mad Dog.’
Simon Madden (Mad dog) (Essendon) 43
Doug Searl (Seadog) (Coll/Fitzroy) 33
Cameron Mooney (Moondog) (Geelong) 25
Jack Gunston (Gundog) (Adel/Hawth) 20
Chad Cornes (Corn dog) (Port A) 19
Matthew Lappin (Lapdog) (St K/Carl) 14
Trent Hotton (Hotdog) (Coll/Carl) 8
Craig Bird (Bird dog) (Syd/Ess) 6
Alex Neal-Bullen (Bulldog) (Melb) 4
Jeremy Guard (Guard dog) (Fitzroy) 1
Adam Cooney (Coon dog) (Essendon) 1

7. INXS Kick.
Rock band INXS played as the pre-game entertainment in the first 2010 AFL Grand Final which ended in a draw between St Kilda and Collingwood. They played three songs during that set – Suicide Blonde, New Sensation and Kick, which is also the name of their most successful album. Carlton’s Michael Sexton holds the honour of the most kicks with the letters I-N-X-S in his name.
Most Kicks by players with the letters I-N-X-S in their name:
Michael Sexton (Carlton) 2087

Simon Cox (West Bull/Hawth) 836
Alex Ischenko (WCE/Bris/Nth Melb) 658
Alex Silvagni (Frem/Carl) 441
Damian Sexton (St Kilda) 39
North Melbourne ruckman Tristan Xerri can add his name to the list if he gets a game and a kick in 2020.

8. Score matches the date
Here is why the Swans chased Joe Daniher so hard in last year’s trade period. Daniher is one of a few players whose goalkicking tally has matched the exact date they were playing, kicking 2.4 (16) on the 2nd of April, 2016 (2/4/16) – a truly remarkable effort. Others to match the exact day and month are Malcolm Blight and Paul Salmon, who kicked 7.4 on the 7/4/79 and 7/4/84 respectively, the highest amount of goals and behinds to correspond to the date. But Daniher’s effort will be coveted in glory for decades to come.

9. GWS premiership destiny?
This is one for the conspiracy theorists and one of the craziest stats you’ll find.
Using the keypad on your mobile phone, find the corresponding digits for JOSH KELLY = 567453559.
Then transfer these digits to a Google Image search. Sure enough, the first result is a Premiership Cup.
Go on – try it!

10. Steven Dodd = Even/Odd.
Fremantle forgotten favourite Steven Dodd is the most Even/Odd player in AFL History – not just because of his name.
Jumper Number – 25 (one even and one odd number)
Win/Loss – 43 wins, 58 losses
Disposals – 713 kicks, 762 handballs
Possessions – 465 Contested, 1000 Uncontested
Inside/Rebound 50s – Rebound 50s 243, Inside 50s 104
Score – 7 goals, 8 behinds
Free Kicks – 90 For, 87 Against
 
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Andre the Giant grew so fast that his own parents didn't recognise him. He left home at 14 and returned at 19, having already become a professional wrestler. As he explained his career choice, they realised they had seen him wrestle on TV under his alias, without knowing it was their son.
 

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At work today a presentation stated that today in 1990 the World Health Fund lifted its grading that gay people was a disease. Bizarre
Yet it took until 2019 to for a similar change for transgender people, which is even more bizarre, but I take heart that we are continually evolving and becoming more accepting as a society! https://www.closebrothers.com/pride...classifies-same-sex-attraction-mental-illness

Timely to point out that yesterday was IDAHOBIT day … https://www.idahobit.org.au
 

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Yet it took until 2019 to for a similar change for transgender people, which is even more bizarre, but I take heart that we are continually evolving and becoming more accepting as a society! https://www.closebrothers.com/pride...classifies-same-sex-attraction-mental-illness

Timely to point out that yesterday was IDAHOBIT day … https://www.idahobit.org.au
Interesting, that quick view of their website doesn't actually tell you what idahobit means/stands for.
A very worthwhile cause/day, but they obviously think they are preaching to the converted, otherwise you'd hope they'd explain what it meant/stood for.

For those like me, that had an idea, but not the exact meaning:

International Day Against Hom0phobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.
 

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Interesting, that quick view of their website doesn't actually tell you what idahobit means/stands for.
A very worthwhile cause/day, but they obviously think they are preaching to the converted, otherwise you'd hope they'd explain what it meant/stood for.

For those like me, that had an idea, but not the exact meaning:

International Day Against Hom0phobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.
Excellent point. Sometimes we all can become so self absorbed that we forget to explain the detail we are trying to share!
 
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Interesting, that quick view of their website doesn't actually tell you what idahobit means/stands for.
A very worthwhile cause/day, but they obviously think they are preaching to the converted, otherwise you'd hope they'd explain what it meant/stood for.

For those like me, that had an idea, but not the exact meaning:

International Day Against Hom0phobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.
The second I is for Interphobia.

https://www.idahobit.org.au/index.php/get-active/the-stats

That is on the "About IDAHOBIT" link on the main page, so not too hard to find. Some interesting, but not really surprising stats on that page.

I had a fair idea from work what the day was about, but couldn't remember the exact acronym either.
 
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The Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula has 2 separated (enclave) territories that are situated within the neighbouring UAE (United Arab Emirates)
On this map the emirates are brightly coloured and Oman is white.
Arrows denote the 2 Omani enclaves Madha & Musandum (top)
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The weird thing is that there in an enclave of the UAE (Nahwa) within the Madha enclave..
Nahwa screenshot.jpg
 
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