The contest for the most violent sport on the planet was decided back in sixteenth century Italy.
Incredibly, the sport is still played. It goes by the name of calcio storico, and just about the only form of violence that’s forbidden are sucker-punches or kicks to the head.
These apart, this blood-shedding predecessor of rugby, played between teams of 27 players each, allows punching, wrestling holds, elbowing, choking, and even headbutting. Martial arts are allowed too, but all combat has to be one-on-one – no ganging up.
Goals are scored by throwing the ball into nets, but what is important is that physical violence is the name of the game when it comes to preventing opponents from scoring, or muscling your way through them to score.
The war goes on for 50 minutes, with no breaks. Not even if injured players have to be taken off the pitch in stretchers.
There also no substitutions.
Although public interest was considerably low for the sport in the 17th century, it witnessed a revival in 1930.
In 1574, when Henry III of France decided to visit Venice, a game of clacio storico was held in his honour. He proclaimed that the event was “too small to be a real war and too cruel to be a game”.
These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast
That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.
Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.
You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.
Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.
To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.
Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.
If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.
The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!
Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).
So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:
But with changing lifestyles and most people hard pressed for time, a healthy breakfast is taking the backseat. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. MTR has come up with a range of widely loved Indian delicacies like Poha, Upma and Halwa which can be made in (hold you breath) just 3 minutes! All you have to do is add hot water and wait for 3 minutes to get a delicious and filling breakfast.
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