Gladiators!Fun article from the Daily Mail UK. Scientists have decoded a gladiator's gravestone, and the gladiator's family blames his death on ... you guessed it ... the refs! Stupid zebes have been a pain in athletes' collective asses for millenia, it seems.

Gladiator refs were known as "suma ridis." Check out this excerpt from the article:

Written from the gladiator's own perspective, it reads: 'After breaking my opponent Demetrius, I did not kill him immediately. Fate and the cunning treachery of the summa rudis killed me.'

Fuckin' refs!

Click here to read the story.

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As we say in the UK....

The Referee's a wanker.

"Go Detroit on it!"

"Go Detroit on it!"
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and people call me crazy

when I wish death and dismemberment to the guys in black and white.
MOTHERFUCK YOU, BILL LEAVY!!!!! Yell
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Wrote this for Shits & Giggles

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I don't get it...

 

Were there "rules" that needed to be adhered to in gladatorial combat?

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Based on what I've read...

...apparently there actually were quite a few rules. There were rules about allowing an opponent who had been disarmed to recover his weapon, allowing an opponent who had fallen down to get back to his feet before continuing the fight, lots of etiquette guidelines and such. There were even standards for matching opponents based on fighting style and, some scholars believe, a kind of weight-class ranking in some arenas. A lot of it had to do with who was hosting the competition though. If you're some wealthy dude who just shelled out big duckets for some gladiator games to add spice to your spring party, you kinda get to set whatever rules you want.

I am crazier than a padded room full of Charlie Mansons!  Sgt. Renee Jordan PUMC, PUV James Keeling

I am crazier than a padded room full of Charlie Mansons! Sgt. Renee Jordan PUMC, PUV James Keeling
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YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

-- Death, chaos and mayhem, the music of the night

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Death, chaos and mayhem, the music of the night

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Crazy Stuff

It's a thorn in the side of every athlete... those pesky zebes with their stupid rules.  

May barbarians invade your personal space!

May barbarians invade your personal space!
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Ahaha

Shucking zebes.

"Clever girl." ~Jurassic Park {GirlCo w/ dreads for Sigler}

"Clever girl." ~Jurassic Park {GirlCo w/ dreads for Sigler}

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