Don't let any of this deter you from enjoying a good sports game

Ah, sports. For whatever reason, humans have spent countless centuries cheering from the sidelines as our chosen ones race across fields, battle to the death with swords, or swat a ball around until it eventually hits some sort of target. While armchair quarterbacks around the world would love to be up on the field, the next best thing is definitely sitting in the stands. Breathing in the smells of the sports arena, seeing your favorite team play right before your eyes, with millions of fellow fans around you, and maybe even a hot dog in your hand — that's heaven for sports fans.

While traditions like the Super Bowl are important cultural touchstones, it's worth examining some of the strange rules, politics, sanitation snafus, and fire safety issues going on in your local stadium or arena. Even if everything looks bright and shiny, sports arenas sometimes hide dark secrets. Don't let any of this deter you from enjoying a good sports game, of course — not that anything ever could — but keep your eyes open for these weird little details.

They're sometimes built over cancerous old landfills

Imagine you're a baseball player. Okay, now imagine that as you're running onto the field past second base, your foot suddenly slams into a random piece of metal, which turns out to be a half-buried old kettle. Weird, right? Now picture that the whole game has to halt so they can dig this stupid kettle out of there. Silly as this sounds, Mental Floss points out that this bizarre event did happen to World War II-era White Sox player Luke Appling. Nothing like a little thrift store merchandise with your balls and bats, eh? 

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