A related formerly practiced activity was dwarf-bowling, in which a person with dwarfism was placed on a skateboard and used as a bowling ball. Australia is commonly thought of as the place where dwarf-tossing originated. Laws may prohibit dwarf-tossing implicitly, but there are not explicit laws preventing a consenting dwarf from being 'tossed'. The bill was hastily advanced in response to a dwarf-tossing contest  that was held at Leopard's Lounge in Windsor , Ontario, with a dwarf nicknamed "Tripod". The mayor of the small French town of Morsang-sur-Orge prohibited dwarf-tossing.
Washington State seeks to outlaw "dwarf-tossing" at bars and strip clubs / Boing Boing
The practice of clothing small adults in velcro and tossing them at velcro targets will be banned in bars and strip clubs, if Senate Bill passes the Washington State legislature. From a press release issued by the office of Sen. Mike Padden and reposted on Washington State Wire:. Dwarf-tossing originated in Australia as a pub promotion and spread to America in the late s. People with dwarfism, wearing special padded clothing or Velcro costumes, are thrown onto mattresses or at Velcro-covered targets. Contestants compete to throw the dwarf the farthest.
In an astonishing discovery that could rewrite the history of human evolution, scientists say they have found the skeleton of a new human species, a dwarf, marooned for eons in a tropical Lost World while modern humans rapidly colonized the rest of the planet. The finding on a remote Indonesian island has stunned anthropologists like no other in recent memory. It is a fundamentally new creature that bears more of a resemblance to fictional, barefooted hobbits than modern humans. Yet biologically speaking, it may have been closely related to us and perhaps even shared its caves with our ancestors.
The makers of a major new film about Snow White are facing stern criticism — and a "midget march" — from the disability rights lobby for using fully-sized British actors to play the seven dwarfs. Advocates from the pressure group Little People of America issued a statement arguing the film industry should be casting actors with dwarfism as "characters that were written to be played by short people". In Los Angeles, a "dwarf theatre group" called Beacher's Madhouse said yesterday it was organising a "midget march" to the offices of Universal Pictures, the producers of the film, in protest against the "injustice and prejudice". A spokesman for Universal argued the use of normal-sized actors was "a casting decision, not a body-type decision", adding that Hoskins and his colleagues "came with pedigrees and recognisability".