Sport: Stratosphere Pingpong

The most popular sport among German-speaking Swiss (about three-quarters of the country's people) is the ancient game of Hornuss (from the German for "hornet"). Hornuss is a rough, hard-hitting mixture of golf, baseball, cricket and guided-missile warfare. Peaceful farmers summon up martial blood when they get playing Hornuss; Swiss city folks sneer affectionately at the game as "stratosphere pingpong," but they turn out in droves to watch it played.

Strikers & Killers. Out of the Alps last week into the old town of Bern, fluttering with flags for the occasion, poured some 5,500 Hornussers...

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