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Shock Collar Question - November 23

Jose is wearing the Shock Collar this morning!

Today's question: You may have heard the phrase “Throwing in the towel”. It's actually a boxing reference that originated all the way back in the 1910's.... when a fighter’s corner believed their person had enough and shouldn’t continue a fight… so they threw in an actual towel to signify surrender. But… before the phrase became popular, boxing cornermen used to throw a different item into the ring to surrender. Before the 1910's, what would they throw?