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I am seriously thinking of moving to Mars: this world is becoming TOO crazy! I noticed when I turned 30 that the world was beginning to act strange…but since then it has been in free-fall! Worse, there seems to be little or no sign that anyone other than I really care!
I came across a great article (http://www.lolsports.com/tag/weird-sports/
) that lists 5 weird sports. The amazing thing is that , apart from chess-boxing
, I had never heard of the others. Worse still, almost all of them have their own (world) championships and find getting sponsorship much easier than our own world of normal chess!
5. Bog Snorkelling, This crazy looking sport involves swimming in water-filled trenches cut through peat bog. The trenches are 55 meters long, and swimmers must complete the race without using conventional swimming techniques.
4. Chess Boxing: Created in 1992, this sport involves eleven rounds of boxing and chess. It begins with a four minute round of speed chess, then with three minutes of boxing, and then repeats the cycle. Opponents either win by knockout or checkmate. Iron Mike vs. Bobby Fischer…
3. Toe Wrestling, The crazy sport called Toe Wrestling involves two people locking toes and forcing each other’s feet to the ground. In 1997 the organizers applied to have the game added to the Olympics, but were declined. However, it’s a very popular sport, and top player Alan “Nasty” Nash even appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1997.
2. Wife Carrying, Originally invented as a joke centuries ago (not much has changed), this sport involves male competitors racing while carrying a female teammate through an obstacle course. The official track is 253 meters, and has two dry obstacles and a meter deep water obstacle. Wife Carrying is now played around the world, and has a category in the Guinness Book of World Records.
1. Cheese Rolling, Competitors chase a giant piece of cheese which is rolled down a hill. The first person to cross the finish line at the bottom wins the cheese. Although theoretically the goal is to catch the cheese itself, that hardly happens due to its head start and natural speed
Bog snorkelling is a sporting event that consists of competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 m) water filled trench cut through a peat bog, in the shortest time possible. Competitors must wear snorkels and flippers, and complete the course without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on flipper power alone. Wet suits are not compulsory, but are usually worn.
History of Bog Snorkelling
The sport of bog snorkelling was started in 1976 near Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, United Kingdom. It began as a result of an over the bar conversation in The Neuadd Arms between Gordon Green and a few regulars.
World Bog Snorkelling Championship
The World Bog Snorkelling Championship, first held in 1985, takes place annually every August Bank Holiday at the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog, near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales. It now attracts more than 200 entrants each year and is currently sponsored by Rowntrees Randoms.The 2007 and 2008 events were not sponsored; the previous sponsor was London-based IT consultancy company SPMK in 2006. Joanne Pitchforth of Heckmondwike is the current world record holder with the time 1 minute 35.18 seconds, having shaved fractions of a second off the previous record set in 2003. Conor Murphy is the current men’s champion, Laura Smith is the current women’s champion, and Beccy Lord the current champion junior bog snorkeller. Interestingly, of the 9 competitors filling the medal positions in each of the 3 main categories, only two of them do not play Underwater Hockey
Other bog snorkelling events take place, particularly in Wales, including the associated mountain bike bog snorkelling (where competitors must ride through the bog on specially prepared mountain bikes), and the Bog Snorkelling Triathlon.
Proceeds from the championship go to a local charity each year. Charities include the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (2005) and the Motor Neurone Association (2006). The 2006 charity was chosen in memory of the Green Events Treasurer, Ron Skilton, who died in December 2005.
Mental preparation is a must before you want to jump into that filthy water
A well dressed athlete
Two enthusiastic athletes at the world championships
Oh! That water is not just dirty, it is COLD!
The race is on!
Happy as a pig in shit!
Spectators? Yes, let us not forget the spectators!
It stands to reason that a wacky sport like this would attract wacky spectators!
More wacky spectators.
Chess boxing is a hybrid sport which combines boxing with chess in alternating rounds. The sport began when Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, inspired by fictional depictions by French comic book artist and filmmaker Enki Bilal, organized actual bouts. Chess boxing is now growing in popularity. Participants must be both skilled boxers and chess players, as a match may be won either way
The sport is governed by the World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO), whose motto is “Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board.” The first world championship was held in Amsterdam in 2003 and was won by Iepe Rubingh. The First European Chess Boxing Championship took place in Berlin on October 1, 2005. Tihomir Atanassov Dovramadjiev of Bulgaria defeated Andreas “D” Schneider of Germany, who conceded in the seventh (chess) round.The web site of the WCBO: http://wcbo.org/content/index_en.html
Toe wrestling is a sport gaining popularity in the UK. World championships started in Wetton in the 1970s and are now held at the Bentley Brook Inn in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Top players include Paul “Toeminator” Beech (and his beautiful daughter rebecca beech is really supporting him!!) and Alan “Nasty” Nash , who is the current world champion.
Toe wrestling is similar to arm wrestling. To play, Players must take off their shoes and socks, as the game is played bare feet. It is common courtesy for each player to remove the other players shoes and socks. Players must link toes and each players feet must touch flat on the other person’s feet. Typically, after a short starting chant which varies by region (for example, “one, two, three, four, I declare a toe war.”), the opponents proceed to attempt to pin (capture or trap) their opponent’s feet for three seconds, while avoiding the same. Pinning is accomplished by placing one foot on the same foot of the opponent (for example, ‘Jack swings his foot right, trapping Harry’s feet underneath for 3 seconds).
World Toe Wrestling Competition
Going way back to 1976, the World Toe Wrestling Competition started at a pub in Wetton, Derbyshire UK. The locals of ‘Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn’ thought it would be a great idea to hold a toe wrestling competition, where the contestants lock their big toes together, and attempt to force their opponent’s foot to the ground. The organizers have big intentions for the sport, and applied in 1997 for it’s inclusion in the Olympic Games. Unfortunately for crazy sports fans it was not accepted
GREAT VIDEOS OF TOE WRESTLING!
Now there is a poster that puts our own Canadian Open to shame!
Looks like a great hold!
What a champ!
Now, have you ever seen cheering chess spectators??
Despite its simplicity, toe wrestling requires a lot of practice at home!
Wife carrying (Finnish eukonkanto or sometimes akankanto, Estonian naisekandmine, Swedish kärringkånk), is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.
Several types of carry may be practised: piggyback, fireman’s carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband’s shoulders, holding onto his waist).
Major wife-carrying competitions are held in Sonkajärvi, Finland (where the prize depends on the wife’s weight in beer); Monona, Wisconsin; Minocqua, Wisconsin; and Marquette, Michigan.
The North American Wife Carrying Championships take place every year on Columbus Day Weekend in October at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. The 8th Annual event took place on October 6, 2007, with 40 couples participating, an all-time high. Many North American Champions go on to compete in the Finnish World Championship.
This year the contest will be organised for the seventeenth time, for the fourteenth time on the world championship level in Sonkajärvi 3rd July 2010, Finland. Here is the announcement should any of my readers be interested!
WIFE CARRYING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT SONKAJÄRVI 2nd – 3rd July 2010
Friday 2nd July At 17.00-01.00 adults 12 €,
12-20 Traders in the market place, free entrance
19.00 The Wife Carrying Sprint Competitionl
18-21 Semifinals in Wife Carrying Karaoke contest
20 English Evening Worship in Sonkajärvi Church
21-01 Market dance in the hall, music by Mira & Mika Show
Saturday 3rd July, tickets 20 €, children under 12years old 5 €
9-18 Traders in the market place, free entrance
13.30 Opening ceremony and market speech
14.00 TEAM COMPETITION IN THE WIFE CARRYING
16.00 THE 15th WIFE CARRYING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
18.00 Wife Carrying Prize awarding ceremony
18.30 Finals in Wife Carrying Karoke contens
21-01.30 Wife Carrying dance in the hall, music by Neljänsuora
For further information and reservation of the sales stand Sonkajärven Eukonkanto Oy
How to Become a Master in Wife Carrying
You’ll find the wife carrying enthusiasts in Savo, Helsinki, Central Europe, Australia, North and South America, in short all over the world. They are strong men and tenacious women. Most of these easy-going people seem to be characterised by placidity and happiness. Of course, with a few more serious looking devotees among them.
The wife carrying is composed of humour and hard sport on a fifty-fifty basis. Everybody may choose what attitude to take towards the competition. The course is open for all to participate.
There are four customary styles to carry the wife: the traditional piggyback, the wife dangling upside down on the carrier’s back, thrown over on the shoulder and crosswise on the carrier’s shoulders. The style is free. You may also create a new personal style of your own.
It is preferable to wear clothes which won’t be stripped off in full speed running and which are easy to hold on to. The carrier’s belt is the only equipment allowed to help in keeping one’s grasp. Some other tools known to be beneficial are a bunch of birch switches, swimming glasses and swimming slippers.
The wife carrying is an attitude towards life. The wives and the wife carriers are not afraid of challenges or burdens. They push their way persistently forward, holding tightly, generally with a twinkle in the eyes.
You can sense the excitement in the air during the wife carrying competition. The core of the race is made of a woman, a man and their relationship. The wife carrying and eroticism have a lot in common. Intuitive understanding of the signals sent by the partner and becoming one with the partner are essential in both of them – sometimes also whipping.
According to the rules the minimum weight of the wife is 49 kilos. If it is less, the wife will be burdened with such a heavy rucksack that the total weight is 49 kilos. Generally the best wife is the wife of one’s own, all the more if she is harmonious, gentle and able to keep her balance while riding on the shoulders of her man.
The traditional track for the wife carrying consists of sand, forested terrain, a water obstacle and two log hurdles. If your style is “the wife dangling upside down”, you have better to remember that in the water pool the wife’s head is likely to go under the water.
It is of great importance to find a mutual rhythm. I the wife on the man’s back is rocking out of time, the speed slows down. When the rhythm is good, the wife and the carrier become one accompanying the motions of each other. It is advisable to practise in order to find the mutual rhythm before the competition.
It is possible to train for the wife carrying competition everywhere in the middle of the daily routines: in the bath, in the super market, in the playground or in the body building centre. The wife carrying is good for your relationship.
And if you can not make the World Championship Wife Carrying in July of this year, you might want to get into the ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP
The 3rd Wife Carrying Race
The Nower, Dorking
10.30am, Sunday 7 March 2010
The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester in the Cotswolds region of England. It is traditionally by and for the people of Brockworth – the local village, but now people from all over the world take part. The event takes its name from the hill on which it occurs.
The cheese used in the event is Double Gloucester, a hard cheese typically manufactured in cylindrical blocks.The current supplier is local cheesemaker Diana Smart, who has supplied the cheese since 1988.
During the Second World War rationing was introduced, preventing the use of a cheese in the event. Consequently, from 1941 to 1954 a wooden “cheese” was used instead with a piece of cheese in a hollow space in the centre of the wooden replica.
A view down Cooper’s Hill, from the start point of the race to the finish (where the dog-walkers are). The face of the hill itself is concave and hence cannot be seen from this angle. The posts at the bottom are signs from the local council requesting that, to avoid soil erosion, people do not walk on the face of the hill. The posts are removed for the annual event.
Due to the steepness and uneven surface of the hill there are usually a number of injuries, ranging from sprained ankles to broken bones and concussion. A first aid service is provided by the local St John Ambulance (Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud Divisions) at the bottom of the hill, with a volunteer rescue group on hand to carry down to them any casualties who do not end up at the bottom through gravity. A number of ambulance vehicles will attend the event, since there is invariably at least one and often several more injuries requiring hospital treatment. Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling has been summarised as “twenty young men chase a cheese off a cliff and tumble 200 yards to the bottom, where they are scraped up by paramedics and packed off to hospital”. The race of 2005 was delayed while the ambulances returned from the hospital, all of them having been required to transport casualties from previous races. Nevertheless, it was one of the most popular events in recent years, with many more participants than were able to run in the four races.
USEFUL CHEESE ROLLING LINKS:
No, it is not a golf tournament! Cheese rolling attacts thousands of spectators and the media!
Here they come!!
Injuries are all part of the sport
Probably that is what attracts the spectators!
Is it a train? Is it a car? Is it superman? No! It is a cheese-roller!
A happy competitor!
MOVE OVER CHESS!!
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS