David and Goliath. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Tom and Jerry. We all know about history’s most infamous feuds, but you may not know about some of its more obscure (yet just as heated) rivalries. Fortunately, Drunk History recruited some sloshed storytellers to recount the contentious tales of people who weren’t afraid to take shots at each other.
NELLIE BLY VS. ELIZABETH BISLAND
When Nellie Bly decided to make a go at breaking Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of traveling around the world in 80 days, Cosmopolitan writer Elizabeth Bisland set out to race her. If that sounds cool, what makes these two ladies even more badass is that they weren’t allowed to travel alone at the time. In the end, both women earned the right to declare victory — over the patriarchy!
OTHNIEL MARSH VS. EDWARD COPE
We all know about the Civil War, but very few people know about the second most contentious war of the 19th century: the Bone Wars. They weren’t as sexy as they sound; it was actually a competition between paleontologists Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope to see who could find the most dinosaur bones. The big winner? Nerds everywhere.
JIM THORPE VS. AVERY BRUNDAGE
When high school football coach Pop Warner recognized star player Jim Thorpe’s incredible talent as an athlete, he suggested that he try to compete in the Olympics. Thorpe started training for the decathlon and quickly became a legitimate rival for American favorite Avery Brundage. Their competition to see who could win the title of World’s Greatest Athlete was a triumph for America (and for anyone who enjoys fit men throwing things while wearing short shorts).