One of the oldest strength competitions in the world is the Tug-Of-War. It is often used these daze as a metaphor phor a battle between two opposing groups of people. As a serious sporting event, it has probably been around since the invention of rope. This 1888 Harvard Tug-O-War team is shown practicing their art, which was actually an Olympic event back in the early 1900's. Most male tug-o-warriors do admit that the main reason for engaging in this archaic activity is to woo women.