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9 Funny and Weird Sports
9 Funny and Weird Sports
Hotdog Eating Contests
A popular sport in Southeast Asia, this action-packed game resembles volleyball but
instead of hands, players use their feet, knees, chest, and head to move the ball
around, which is made from softwood. The International Sepak Takraw Federation
holds competitions with teams from over a hundred different countries.
This sport was first described in the popular Harry Potter book series, which is meant
to be played on flying broomsticks. Real-world enthusiasts have invented a land
version that is played on a hockey field. The game first began in US colleges and has
since spread across the states. Supporters refer to the game as a muggle quidditch
because muggles are what the series characters call non-magic folk.
This sport began in South Australia in the small fishing community of Port Lincoln. It
was inspired by the local fishermen who would toss fish onto their trucks with force
and started being used as a way to spice up a local festival. The winner is the person
who manages to throw a 20-pound fish the furthest. Nowadays the competition has
become somewhat cleaner: participants use rubber fish instead.
This sport is similar to arm wrestling with players attempting to pin down their
opponent's toes for three seconds. Players play with their bare feet alternating
between their left and right feet and play the best of three rounds. There are separate
divisions for men and women. The World Toe Wrestling Championship has been
ongoing since the 1970’s and enjoys growing participation.
This unlikely combination of sports involves brains and brawn. Competitors play 11
alternating rounds of chess and boxing for three minutes each. This little-known sport
has fans in Germany, India, Russia, and the UK.
One of the more prominent forms of competitive eating, the rules involve participants
trying to eat as many hot dogs as they can in a ten minute period. The sport began in
US county fairs and has gained recognition due to Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest,
held annually on the 4th of July. The sport has spawned a huge industry and enjoys
popularity in the US, Canada, and Japan.
This marathon began as a way to settle a pub argument in 1979 when Welsh locals
Gordon Green and Glyn Hones wondered who would win a marathon - a horse or a
man. Ever since then, an annual 22-mile (35.4 km) marathon is held in Welsh Town,
Wales with both men and horses running. Men have won on two occasions, but it is
usually the horses that emerge as victors. If a human wins, they are eligible to win a
$40,000 cash prize.
While this activity sounds like it could be a race held in a quaint European town, this
sport enjoys global appeal. The game has its origins in Finland where local women
were commonly abducted. The World Wife Carrying World Championship has teams
competing from Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Estonia, Ireland, and the United
States. The United States team is highly competitive: participants need to win their
state championship to qualify for the global championship. Despite the title, any team
of two can participate.