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  Dwarf tossing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dwarf tossing, which originated in either the United States or Australia, is an attraction (some consider it a sport) in bars, where dwarfs wearing special padded clothing are thrown onto mattresses by competitors.
In France, the mayor of a small town (Morsang-sur-Orge) prohibited a spectacle of dwarf tossing.
In Ontario, Canada, the Dwarf Tossing Ban Act, 2003 (Bill 97 2003) was enacted, with penalties of a fine of not more than $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dwarf_tossing   (631 words)

 Dwarfism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dwarf is sometimes perceived as having negative connotations, although the term is often used by those affected.
In the 19th century both dwarf and midget were ordinary medical terms referring to persons of disproportionate and proportionate shortness, respectively.
In his portraits of the dwarfs of Spain's royal court, the artist preferred a serious tone that emphasized their human dignity.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dwarfism   (1106 words)

 Dwarf Throwing
If a dwarf is thrown down a well, the organizers must ensure that the bottom of the well is dry, and is covered by leaves to a depth of three inches..
If a dwarf is to be thrown across the path of an oncoming train, the thrower must previously satisfy the organizers that he bears no personal malice against the throwee.
If a dwarf refuses to be bound in the usual way before throwing, he may be put in a straitjacket of the requisite size.
www.minbu.connectfree.co.uk /dwarf.htm   (1273 words)

 Dwarf Tossing - Bressler.org Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Part V asks whether dwarf tossing should be outlawed and concludes that there are no valid arguments to justify outlawing or restricting the practice.
The dictionary defines a dwarf as a "fully grown person, animal, or plant of less than normal size for its species or kind."' Dwarf tossing is a sport and a form of entertainment that usually takes place in a tavern or sports facility.
The dwarfs wear protective knee and elbow padding, neck braces, and helmets.' To minimize the chance of injury, they are sometimes thrown into a pile of mattresses.3 They also wear a harness with a handle, to make it easier for the tosser to get a good grip on the dwarf.
bressler.org /forum/showthread.php?t=1438   (1802 words)

 The Oberlin Review Online
A dwarf, or a “little person” as the politically correct say, is defined as a “fully grown person, animal or plant of less than normal size for its species or kind,” according to the dictionary.
Dwarf tossing is a sport and a form of entertainment that has unsurprisingly become more and more controversial as of late.
The object is to throw a dwarf as far as possible; whoever throws the dwarf the farthest wins a cash prize or trophy, plus the admiration of the spectators who are watching the tossing.
www.oberlin.edu /stupub/ocreview/archives/2001.04.27/sports/article04.htm   (1490 words)

 Life, liberty and the pursuit of dwarf tossing - Minnesota Daily
Dwarf tossing is a contest in which dwarfs wear harnesses and allow bar patrons to pick them up and hurl them through the air onto mattresses.
Even though dwarf tossing seems like a positive sum game where everyone wins, there are those who hold little tolerance of what they deem a “demeaning” pastime.
Dwarf tossee “Lenny the Giant” relates, “I used to work on an assembly line at an electronics factory — that’s where I really felt degraded.” Many dwarfs interviewed by the media have in fact expressed their appreciation of dwarf tossing careers: They get to travel, have all their expenses paid and meet interesting people.
www.mndaily.com /articles/2002/03/14/6550   (1241 words)

 e.Peak (27/10/2003) sports: dwarf tossing: Liberals ban dwarf tossing
The dwarf would be placed in a special harness, and people would take turns seeing who could "pitch" him the furthest.
The dwarf tossing, which took place at Leopards Lounge and Broil, was hotly contested by Windsor MP Sandra Pupatello.
The Lance, University of Windsor's student newspaper, ran an ad in their October 1 issue for a dwarf tossing at the Leopard Lounge on October 2, indicating that action had yet to be taken.
www.peak.sfu.ca /the-peak/2003-3/issue9/sp-dwarfs.html   (492 words)

 University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
The circular said that dwarf tossing should be banned on the basis of, among other things, article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
To begin with, the right invoked by the author to allow himself to be "tossed" in public for a living does not appear to belong within the orbit of private and family life.
The State party argues that dwarf tossing is a public practice and, as far as the author is concerned, a genuine professional activity.
www1.umn.edu /humanrts/854-1999.html   (2788 words)

 Hillsborough: Small man takes big stand on state law
A lawyer for Dave the Dwarf, whose real name is David Flood, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, alleging that Flood's constitutional right to equal protection was violated with the 1989 passage of a law prohibiting dwarf tossing in bars.
Flood, 37, said that while he is not jumping at the chance to be tossed, the lawsuit was filed on principle.
Dwarf tossing is believed to have started in Australia and was popularized in America in the 1980s.
www.sptimes.com /News/112901/Hillsborough/Small_man_takes_big_s.shtml   (525 words)

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All sims assume a Galaxy of unit mass 1 at the origin (0,0,0), and a dwarf companion at unit distance 1 (1,0,0) moving with orbital velocity along the y-axis at time zero (v=0,1.1,0).
The dwarf has a mass typically set at 0.01, and is initially at a unit distance of 1 (defining the unit distance).
We do the same comparison for the Dwarf and the Stripper (to determine if the dwarf is captured), and also for the Stripper and the original Galaxy (to determine if those two become bound).
www.science.gmu.edu /~aantunes/dwarf/dwarf_framework.html   (962 words)

 UM City - Should Dwarf Tossing Be Made Illegal?
Florida Ban on Dwarf Tossing Must Be Upheld, Announces LPA, Inc.; Dwarf-Tossing is a Dangerous, Demoralizing Activity That Poses Specific Hazards to Persons with Dwarfism.
Dwarf children particularly would be at risk, explained Nancy Mayeux, director of public relations for LPA's District 4 and the mother of two dwarf daughters.
Given the relationship between the specific health risks associated with dwarfism and dwarf tossing, classifying person with dwarfism in this way is viewed by LPA and other supporters of this legislation as justified.
www.universalmetropolis.com /city/threads.php?threadid=7169   (1183 words)

 Tampabay: Judge likely to throw out dwarf-tossing suit
TAMPA -- In a federal lawsuit, Dave Flood had challenged the state law banning the tossing of dwarfs like himself in barroom shows.
In the suit, Flood alleged that his constitutional right to equal protection was violated with the 1989 passage of a law prohibiting dwarf tossing.
Dwarf tossing is thought to have started in Australia and was popularized in America in the 1980s.
www.sptimes.com /2002/02/27/TampaBay/Judge_likely_to_throw.shtml   (362 words)

 Excite - News
Sep 27, 10:54 am ET GENEVA (Reuters) - A tiny stuntman who protested against a French ban on the bizarre practice of "dwarf throwing" lost his case before a U.N. human rights body, which said the need to protect human dignity was paramount.
Manuel Wackenheim had argued the 1995 ban by France's highest administrative court was discriminatory and deprived him of a job being hurled around discotheques by burly men.
The Frenchman, who measures 1.14 meter (3 ft 10 inches), filed his case in 1999 with the U.N. committee made up of 18 independent experts who examine states' compliance with the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
news.excite.com /odd/article/id/103890|oddlyenough|09-27-2002::11:01|reuters.html   (203 words)

 Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features
The U.N. Human Rights Commission ruled that France's 1995 ban on the throwing of dwarfs for sport and entertainment protects public order and human dignity, even though the dwarves involved voluntarily take part in the pastime and claim it is their profession.
The alleged sport involves the tossing of helmeted and padded dwarf stuntmen (the tossees) in bars or discos by larger men (the "tossers").
Having proven it does have a backbone, the U.N. is expected to move against countries suspected of harboring terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, as soon as it has shut down the notorious dwarf abuse training camp "Cirque de Soleil" in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Boise, Idaho.
starbulletin.com /2002/10/02/features/memminger.html   (416 words)

 Comments on 12727 | MetaFilter
Some musings on the legal issues presented by the emergence of the art of dwarf tossing.
I'm surprised because I always thought 'dwarf tossing' was at least a euphemism for something else, if not some sort of urban myth (that's 'urban legend' for you Americans).
T was one of the contestants (I believe that this show was his springboard to fame.) And one of the contests was dwarf tossing.
www.metafilter.com /comments.mefi/12727   (969 words)

 Trader Daily § Danny: What Dwarf Tossing?
The dwarf hired to perform at the notorious 2003 Fidelity bachelor party now suggests he was never airborne
Regulators may want to know who paid for the dwarf (so would whomever agreed to put out for the jet, hotel rooms and yacht, we reckon) but Trader Monthly wanted to know whether, in fact, any little people were actually hurled through the air.
As the only dwarf hired for the party, Black admits that if someone were tossed it would have been him.
www.traderdaily.com /news/item/929.html   (393 words)

 SEC to Investigate Dwarf Employment by the Super-Rich » Outside The Beltway | OTB
SEC to Investigate Dwarf Employment by the Super-Rich
His official role was as a waiter, but he also allowed himself to be thrown by partygoers in an activity called "dwarf tossing".
Excuse me, but that description implies more than dwarf tossing went on, as Heidi Fleiss provided services of a more prurient nature.
www.outsidethebeltway.com /archives/11683   (482 words)

 Democratic Underground Forums - "Florida man sues to overturn dwarf tossing ban."
The law allows the state to revoke the liquor license or fine a bar that allows dwarf tossing, which was popular in some Florida bars in the late 1980s.
God, you have to love a country where a dwarf is free to use the legal system to allow him to be thrown by drunken frat boys for their enjoyment and his enrichment.
Wisconsin has tried to ban it, along with the cow tip and cow-pie throw, but when ever such harsh measures are imposed, our slovenly citizenry just revert to back alley barf tossing contests, which is something that I think we all can agree, we don't want to go back to.
www.democraticunderground.com /duforum/DCForumID5/10111.html   (776 words)

 Log Cabin Chronicles John Mahoney's Dwarf Tossing column
The highlight of the day is the hilarious Tossing of the Dwarves, which traditionally has taken place on both sides of manure-filled ditch.
However, due to concerted pressure from outside agitators, this year a line will be drawn in a sandbox and the participating dwarves will be tossed across the line.
Pressure on another issue -- the right of female dwarves to be active partners in the festivities -- was successfully brought to bear in the early '80s.
www.tomifobia.com /mahoney/dwarf_tossing.shtml   (466 words)

 ABC7Chicago.com: Dwarf Suing State of Florida for Dwarf-Tossing Ban
Dave the Dwarf says he has a right to be tossed.
A 3-foot-2-inch radio personality sued Wednesday, seeking to overturn Florida's ban on dwarf tossing so he can earn money in the barroom attraction.
The law allows the state to revoke the liquor license or fine a bar that allows dwarf tossing, an activity that was popular in some Florida bars in the late 1980s.
www.shortsupport.org /News/0361.html   (490 words)

 London Free Press: News Section - Why throw a fit at tossing a dwarf?
In some circles, a throw is disqualified if the dwarf utters any sound in flight or on impact.
LPA officials also argued dwarf-tossing sends the message it's acceptable to lift and toss any person with dwarfism, and this danger overrides an individual's right to participate in such events.
And although we insist everyone has a right to direct their own lives, we object to a dwarf who wants to be tossed.
www.canoe.ca /NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2004/01/17/315732.html   (726 words)

 Free2Code - Forums - Sports - Dwarf throwing
Dwarf throwing is one of the most outlandish past time of modern times.
It is a sport in the sense of it is participated in, a bit like that thing they do in that small village in England where they chase a block of round cheese down a steep hill.
Dwarfs are here to be tossed around and here for a normal persons amusement.
www.free2code.net /plugins/forums/view.php?f=11&p=12954&os=0   (961 words)

 Log Cabin Chronicles John Mahoney's Dwarf Tossing 2 column
The Annual Tossing of the Dwarves Day celebration here was abruptly cancelled early this morning following court action by an activist group.
This led to a punch-up between the anti and pro tossing factions.
Several activists were tossed into Sucker Brook, which winds through this rural village.
www.tomifobia.com /mahoney/dwarf_tossing2.shtml   (200 words)

 Rotten Tomatoes Forums - Petition to not include dwarf-tossing jokes in ROTK
We both thought that the dwarf tossing jokes, having appeared in not just FOTR but even more in TTT were out of place, groan-worthy, and definitely not true to the spirit of Tolkien's great work.
So the petition for no dwarf tossing jokes in ROTK was born.
I would rather they had focused on their history and the entdraught (as they are in the extended addition) than the retarded dwarf jokes or horse kissing scenes with Aragorn (entirely unnecessary).
www.rottentomatoes.com /vine/showthread.php?t=260326   (1875 words)

 Man Seeks Dwarf Tossing Law Reversal
The sport was dwarf bowling, and the dwarf who wanted to be the bowling ball won his case.
i have tossed some cookies once in a bar, but i have never tossed a dwarf there.
I wouldn't mind getting strapped to a harness and tossed onto an air mattress, personally, but in these harsh times, dwarves are cool and elves are panzies.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/580058/posts   (862 words)

 Untitled Document
From the pupatellian whoop, and yellin,' you might believe what the dwarves aren't tellin': that they're being forced into indentured tossedhood--shanghaied, or drugged, or hit on their heads and dragged into dark alleys, thereafter to lead degraded lives of being tossed till closing, and then kept in wall lockers, and fed scraps.
You might also gain the impression that the dwarves, victims of course, were being hurled against broken rocks, or boards with nails in them, or perhaps into industrial grinders.
Says an AP story out of Tampa, a dwarf named Dave Flood is suing to have Florida's anti-tossing law overturned.
www.fredoneverything.net /DwarfTossing.shtml   (1105 words)

 NASIOC - Can't have them as pets, can't toss em, what can you do with them?
The short title of this Act is the Dwarf Tossing Ban Act, 2003.
The Bill bans dwarf tossing in Ontario and makes it an offence to engage in dwarf tossing.
She's not a dwarf, but when a person is 5'2" 105 lbs.
forums.nasioc.com /forums/showthread.php?t=459531   (434 words)

 Queen's Journal - The dwarf tossing debate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
On June 12, 2003, Bill 97, An act to ban dwarf tossing, received first reading in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
The bill was introduced by Liberal Sandra Pupatello, the member of Parliament from Windsor West and Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition, in response to a contest being held by a club in her constituency.
An act to ban dwarf tossingHer Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
www.queensjournal.ca /article.php?point=vol131/issue5/postscript/lead2   (337 words)

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