Yes, tug of war was once a part of the Olympics. But that's not the only surprise when it comes to Olympic sports over the years.
Some other team sports with serious global followings were once a part of the Olympics as well. Those include rugby union, which was a part of four Summer Olympics: 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924.
The United States actually won gold in the latter two competitions -- rather surprising, given the U.S. has failed to develop into one of the world's rugby superpowers. The sport re-emerged at the Olympics, in the sevens format, in 2016.
Cricket was also a part of the Olympics in 1900, with Great Britain winning gold. This was the only Olympics in which cricket was included.
Lacrosse was an Olympic sport, too -- included in both 1904 and 1908.
But our favorite two surprises on the all-time list of Olympic sports, besides tug of war, were croquet and water motorsports -- yes, you read that right.
Water motorsports featured competitors from two countries, France and Great Britain, in 1908. But it was quickly abandoned as well -- too bad, since those are two "sports" many of us could at least aspire to be Olympians in.