Monday, December 18

Some Real Strange And Unusual Sports And Games Played Throughout The World

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Can you name me some weird or strange sports?  Basketball, soccer, baseball, football, hockey and a number of other games played are what typically come to mind when someone is talking about sports.  All of the sports mentioned above are the common ones in today’s society but they are not the only ones played.  In fact, over the past two decades or so, there have been a greater and greater number of sports that are played that can be classified as not normal or even strange.  Below I have listed some of the more competitive ones that do not fit into the “normal” concept of sports.  Enjoy the list and who knows, maybe you can be the next champion of one of these crazy sports. 

1.)  Cricket Spitting— Bug Bowl Festival in April played annually at Purdue University.  Object is simple: Whoever can spit totally intact a dead cricket wins the competition.  If any part of the cricket breaks off then that spit is disqualified.  Thousands of people compete in this annually. 

2.)  Underwater Hockey— Played throughout the United States.  Final Tournament’s site is determined each year and varies in location  Game has same concept of regular hockey but puck remains on the pool bottom.  Each player wears fins, masks, snorkels, gloves and helmets.  The average player can stay underwater for 20-30 seconds before having to come up for air.  Timing is the key to winning this game as you do not want your entire team to be surfacing at the same time which would give the opposing team a clear path to the goalie.  Every year there is a tournament with one team winning the title.  A total of 26 teams were in the tourney in 2008 but the number of teams continue to grow every year.

3.)  Man vs. Horse Marathon — Run in Wales in June of every year.  The race is basically what the name says.  Competitors race horses for a total of 26 miles.  The race was actually started by a bet at a local bar 30 years ago and has been raced ever since.  I did some research and could find only one person who actually won the race and beat all of the horses out of the 30 years that the event has occurred. 

4.)  Real Ale Wobble — Also run in Wales.  This is a very hard 35 mile mountain bike race.  What sets this race apart is the beverage at the checkpoints though.  Instead of water, there are cups of beer at each checkpoint of which there are three spread throughout the race course.  The beer is not mandatory to drink either but if consumed, racers are limited to a total of 1.5 quarts for the entire race.   

5.)  Toe Wrestling— Tournament in Derbyshire, England held annually.  Similar to arm wrestling but object is to force the big toe down and then in turn bringing down the leg.  Rules are that both players are sitting but have their left foot suspended in mid-air where they lock together with their opponent.  Once play starts, each player must remain sitting and their butt must remain on the floor otherwise they will be disqualified.  If a player wants to surrender during the match, they can call out “Toe Much”.

6.)  Human Tower Building— Competition in Barcelona, Spain each September.  Object is to have the highest tower by “stacking” one person on top of another.  It is very similar to what is seen in cheer leading but some competitors are able to get to 9 people high.  As if that was not dangerous enough, once the team decides that they can go no higher then a small child is supposed to climb to the top to complete the tower.  Numerous accidents occur annually and numerous ambulances are on standby for this competition. 


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