Why do humans like to throw things?

Recent comments on a post about about throwing things and throwing your shoes sparked more interest on this topic. Why do we enjoy throwing things?Even young babies enjoy throwing whatever is placed in their hands.My web search have only yielded in topics like:The International Hurling Society founded in 1993. With a circulation of about 500, HEAVE features articles on physics and medieval history alongside gag tips on “hurling armadillos.” (found in the 1995 issue of Outside Magazine)Normally I love the big contraptions that people build in their backyards. It’s great inspiration and shows us how to love life. But these blokes of Punkin Chunkin are really kinda scary. Is this our America? I can see them sayin’ “GET OFF MY LAND ER I’LL SHOOT!”Balls: The Book With Bounce This book features all things “ballsy,” such as Ball State University, Newton’s First, Second, and Third Laws of Motion, the International Hurling Society, Beach Bowling, the Pendulum of Fear, a favorite Matzo Ball recipe, the Bernouli Principle, Roger Angell on baseball, and more. Includes three dexterized super balls and one ping pong ball. Car Bowling. Whoa.But seriously, if anyone can find source material on the history of throwing, origins of throwing, or the psychology behind throwing; please share.

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Tom Saaristo
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What about throwing as sport: Shotput … Javelin … both an attempt to see how far one can throw the particular object. There is also throwing in baseball, football, basketball … throwing in an attempt to move an object past an opponent. In boxing, one “throws” a punch. People throw things in anger or celebration. Golf clubs are hurled into the lake after a missed put … pottery [or anything for that matter”> is hurled across the room to punctuate anger … the winning baseball is thrown into the crowd … people throw confetti … the wedding bouquet is thrown … Champagne glasses are thrown into a new home’s fireplace … I believe people like to see how far something can be thrown and also like to see it in motion, and more specifically, in flight. Humans are fascinated, in general, with flight and things that fly. When something is thrown, people “ooh” and “aah” as it travels through space, and when it finally lands, people cheer the distance, the success … or another result, such as when something that is thrown hits a stationery object and moves, damages or destroys it, or is damaged or destroyed itself. People also like to test their own abilities. “How far do you think I can throw this?” or “Watch me hit this with that'” or “Do you think I can hit that from here?” or “Watch me throw this” People have been throwing things since the dawn of time for all kinds of reasons. It’s also interesting to note to all of the things we “throw” in other ways: throw a punch, throw a party, throw a fit, throw an election … I too wonder what sort of documented psychology exists on this topic. As usual, Matt has made me think.

Mike Hoertt
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Mike Hoertt

What is the furthest distance a football has been thrown? (Preferably documented or ‘as the story goes’)

Mike Hoertt
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Mike Hoertt

Any luck on the longest throw of an american football? I have received your responses…thank you. I am still searching and have no luck. Mike

liam kerr
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liam kerr

longest throw of an american football is 213.3 yards set in 1934 by George Lansborough, he was a wrestler with circuses accross the world, he set the record in Boxelder Texas. hope this has helped you.

unlikelymoose
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213.3 yards throwing a football? that’s crazy! that must include roll. That George Lansbororogoogogh musta thrown the football from the top of a hill and let it roll. I threw out my christmas tree. I didn’t throw it 213.3 yards. But it was still alot of fun throwing it onto the lawn. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy Christmas very much. It wasn’t much fun taking the ornaments and lights off. But the act of throwing the tree was fun. I felt like a lumberjack.