For thousands of years human beings have invented several sports and games to amuse themselves. Many among them are now played on international level. Today the importance of sports and games are being increasingly recognised from both the educational and social points of view throughout the world. And believe it or not there are a bunch of outright weird things that too have today earned international reputation for being major sports or games.
Here is a list of Weirdest sports and games that looks like what people do when they don’t have any work. What they all have in common is – extreme level of weirdness.
10 Weirdest Sports And Games You’ve Ever Heard Of
Tubing involves riding on top of an inner tube and in kite tubing the individual is first towed across water and on reaching high speed, the inner tube becomes a kite and they take flight. But the ability to maintain flight depends on a number of factors. Kite Tubing is both weird and dangerous. In 2006 alone, two people reportedly died and thirty nine got injured.
The sport of Curling is played by sliding polished and heavy granite stones called rocks on a sheet of ice towards a certain targeted area by using a curling broom. There are two teams with four players and each is given eight granite stones that are send off into the targeted area called the house. Curling has its origin in medieval Scotland. Sometimes also called “the roaring game”, it’s governed by the World Curling Federation (WCF) in Scotland. The first world championship took place in Scotland in the year 1959.
Toss is a traditional Scottish sport where the competitors have to toss a long pole made of Larch tree called a “caber”. The pole is typically 19 feet 6 inches long and weighs around 175 pounds. The players are aptly referred to as “tossers” or “throwers” who have to toss the pole in an accurate “12 o’clock” position. The distance of the tossed pole is of no significance. Interestingly, Caber which really means a wooden beam is said to have it origin from when men had to toss logs across narrow chasms in order to cross them.
Rock Paper Scissors
Rock-paper-scissors is a hand game usually played between two players who have their arm stretched out towards each other making various hand signs. Most of us are aware of this game from when we used to play it in school. Believe it or not, there is a championship tournament for it. Although it’s often believed that winning in Rock-paper-scissors is all down to luck, the game can also be skilfully played for recognising and exploiting the opponent’s non-random playing behaviour and strategies.
Fun Fact: There’s a Guinness World Record for the largest Rock-paper-scissors tournament held in at the Gen Con 2014 in Indianapolis, USA, with 2,950 participants.
World Nettle Eating
The World Nettle Eating Championship is hosted by a 16th-century English public house called The Bottle Inn located in Dorset. The championship is held each year as a part of a charity beer festival. It all began in the late 1980s over an argument between tow farmers on who had the longest stinging nettle. Later the contest took a whole new identity of its own. Today there are separate men’s and women’s sections where the competitors are served a 2 foot long stalks of stinging nettles and after one hour who ever has plucked and eaten the greatest amount of nettles, is declared as the winner.
Each year the village of Witcham in England organises the World Pea Shooting Championship. The championship first began in 1971 with the goal of fund-raising for the Village Hall. The headmaster of the village school, John I. Tyson was the man behind the original idea. The competition has only become bigger since then. Though largely dominated by locals, some foreigner travel from around the world, especially from the US and some American personnel from the US airbases located near to the village, to compete and have fun. Rob Bresler has won the last three consecutive years (2012, 2013, and 2014).
The World Beard and Moustache Championships
Hosted and governed by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA), the Championships are where men display their lengthy, stylized moustaches and beards. The first championship was organised in Germany in 1990. This international event is hosted by various established clubs who needs to first apply for membership to the WBMA. The championship recognises 3 kinds of facial hair – Moustache, Partial Beard and Full Beard. And then there are several sub-categories under them – like Hungarian moustache, Freestyle moustache, Chinese Goatee, Alaskan Whaler Goatee, Garibaldi beard, Natural Full Beard with Styled Moustache etc.
World Gurning Championship
One of the Weirdest Sports And Games, Gurning is an action-word used to describe a distorted facial expression of a human being. Traditionally, in order to gurn, a person needs to thrust her/his lower jar as far forward as possible and stretch the lower lips to cover the upper lips to the furthest extend possible. Believe it not, there is a world championship for gurning. Gurning contests dates back during the time of King Henry III in 1267. Since 1998, Peter Jackman has been crowned England’s most popular gurner. He has won the world championship four times. With unbelievable dedication, in 2000 Peter has had his teeth removed so that his feature could manoeuvre more easily. Beside Peter, there’s Tommy Mattinson, 15 times world title winner and Anne Woods, 28 times women’s world title winner.
It’s a simple sport where two opponents sit facing each other and with their outstretched leg try to pin each other’s foot down. This one of the Weirdest Sports And Games was invented by (any guesses?) four people – Pete Dean, Eddie Stansfield, Pete Cheetham and Mick Dawson – who were drunk to the brim at the Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in Staffordshire, England in the year 1974. They were moaning the fact that England didn’t really have good world champions so if a sport were to be invented in the country and no other country knew about it then they could have an original champion. Mick Dawson was the first ever Toe Wrestling champion.
In the fictional world of Harry Potter, Quidditch is one of the Weirdest Sports And Games sport played by witches and wizards. Outside of this fictional world, Quidditch is played by ‘Muggles’ – a Harry Potter universe term that means people who can’t do magic. First played in the year 2005 in Vermont, Muggle Quidditch is governed by the International Quidditch Association (IQA). There are of course two teams and each team consists of 7 to 21 players. The matches run for about 30 to 40 minutes.
Fun fact: Quidditch is the only sport that do not define gender in order to be allowed to participate. In the ‘About Us’ section, it is mentioned, “The IQA accepts those who don’t identify within the binary gender system, and acknowledge that not all of our players identify as male or female.”
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