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The Wild World of Sports: Bizzare Edition

Updated on January 7, 2013

Not Your Typical Game

Yes as an American, I know that tradition pretty much lays out what we watch as far as sports...football, basketball, soccer, etc.,but why not explore the plethora of wacky sports that people have created. Created out of boredom I am sure the people in the know have enjoyed these sports as participants and observers. Maybe we can get some of these sports into the mainstream or hello Olympics...okay maybe mot the Olympics but its worth the try. Keep an open mind and try not to laugh too hard about these sports of champions.

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The Fun Olympics...Fun to Watch!

Well why not start your own Olympic games if the actually Olympics won't let you in. Viva la Fun! The Summer Redneck Games started in 1996 as an alternative to the Olympic Games being held in Atlanta, Georgia, in response to a lot of jokes were being made about a bunch of rednecks hosting the Olympics. It is now held annually, gradually increasing in popularity and attendance including mud pit belly flop and redneck horseshoes. The Cotswold Olimpicks, also known as the Cotswold Games, is held at Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire England. The event attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festivities include shin kicking and obstacle races. The Wattolympiade or Mud Olympics held every year on the mud flats along the banks of the Elbe River in Brunsbüttel near Hamburg, Germany. Their motto: faster, higher and muddier! Events include mud-eel race and the long-distance rubber boot toss. The best of all most stoners would tell you is the Hemp Olympics in New South Wales, Australia where joint rolling and bong throwing is on the agenda.

The U.S. Has Nothing on These Sports

Well we like to say we are the best at everything but check out these sports around the world. How about a little camel wrestling? Camel Racing introduced in 2001 is now high-tech. Instead of a human jockeys a Robot Jockey is on camels in Camel Racing. In Yorkshire, England, ferret legging is a popular sport among coal miners where they put live ferrets inside their trousers. The objective is simple: the winner is determined by who ever last the longest without releasing. Fun fact kids is the longest recorded ferret legging was achieved in 1998 at a world record feat of 5 hrs and 26 min. In Buzkashi and other central Asian countries, the sport of goat grabbing is simple where teams on horseback compete for the headless carcass of a goat or calf and throw it into a goal. The annual Maldon Mud Race is held every January in Essex where participants race from one side of the freezing Blackwater river to the other in two feet of smelly mud. Mountain unicycling two words that should not go together has become quite popular in the world of bizarre sports and even featured on FOX news. Underwater hockey or Octopush has plenty of fans and I can see why but how do you watch it? The sticks are about 30 cm long and the puck is heavier than usual (about 1.3 kg) so that it stays at the bottom. Each team has 6 snorkeled players on each team and push the puck to the other end of the pool. Like watching grass grow, a swedish game of Mindball will also put you to sleep. Mindball is a two person game controlled by players’ brain waves in which players compete to control a ball’s movement across a table by becoming more relaxed and focused. Good meditation though?

America, The Unusual

Okay the Americans need to catch up but I am sure we can do it too. So okay where do I begin? Oh, yes!...And from Washington I bring you two weird sports...Octopus wrestling which has now been outlawed and The Cardboard Tube Fighting League which speaks for itself. The first is now not only illegal to "wrestle" an octopus, but you can be charged under Washington State Law for "molesting" or "harassing" one. Since we are already in Washington, why not visit Oregon and the Urban Golf game where officials create a golf course in one of the city's industrial sections, where golfers must navigate a variety of obstacles. Signs, cars and storm drains are common hazards, but the most dangerous is unleashed dogs. They often ran off with the tennis balls, which are used instead of golf balls. Speaking of imaginary sports that you wish were real, let's look to Vermont for a Quidditch game. The game has the same rules and scoring system as the Quidditch from the Harry Potter series, with one big difference: no flying.

Animals wrestling need I say more?

I do not condone animal cruelty or anything but these sports even more intense than the human sports I have told you about. In January the annual Camel Wrestling Championship held in Selcuk in Turkey where two male camels fight for the female camel in heat. Why not animal Olympics too? Then watch the Pig Olympics organized by the Sport-Pig Federation were specially bred and trained piglets competes in pigball or soccer, swimming, and running. Don't worry these pigs are not eaten at the end instead they breed the next generation of champions. How would you like to watch the slowest race ever? Well your in luck, the competitive world of snail racing takes place on a circular track of 13-14 inches radius with the snails starting in the middle and racing to the perimeter.

Which sports do you think are Olympic worthy or would be just plain fun to watch?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Animal Olympics, now that sounds like fun as long as they don't hurt themselves! lol! we have loads of odd ones over here though, apart from the above, we have cheese chasing, (down a very steep hill, and yes the cheese is round! lol!) swamp or bog swimming, or cycling through the water, snail races, worm baiting, (hitting the ground to see how many worms come up first!) oh and throwing the boot! haha!

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