Tired of the same old sports and looking for something a little out of the ordinary? How about ironing your shirt more than 5,000 meters above sea level or persuading approximately 570 earthworms with limited time?
Oddly enough, every year hundreds of people from around the world come together to compete and capture the joy of these sports at the World Championship.
However, this is not the end of the story – there are plenty of other weird sporting events that are recreation or the hybrid of popular games.
We’ve compiled a list of 8 weird and obscure sporting events that will challenge your traditional sports insights.
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8. Cheese Rolling
Every year, a round of 9-pound cheese is shipped atop Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester, England, and competitors start chasing it. However, the cheese can reach speeds of up to 70 mph and the chances of catching it are very low.
So whoever crosses the finish line wins the cheese first. If you do decide to participate in this competition, you must be extremely careful as Cooper’s Hill’s uneven surface can cause serious injury.
7. Chess Boxing
Chess boxing, invented by Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, was initially considered an artistic representation and not a sport. Currently, the game consists of 11 rounds: 6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing.
The competitor can win by knockout in the ring or checkmate on the board. In fact, it is a good opportunity to assess your physical and mental abilities.
6. Worm Charming
Worm charming is a sport in which competitors receive 3 m² of land and try to extract as many worms from the ground as possible in 30 minutes.
The world record belongs to Sophie Smith, 10, who captivated 567 earthworms to the surface at the 2009 Worldworm Charms Championship.
5. Bubble Soccer
Bubble soccer can bring a lot of fun, not only for the players but also for the spectators. Players are wrapped in inflatable bubbles that cover the upper body and head.
The game was invented in Norway in 2011. A match is played by 2 teams, each consisting of no more than 5 players. In accordance with the rules of the game, each team must have at least one woman on the field at all times during the game.
The sport of Wife-carrying was born in the small town of Sonkajarvi, Finland. Male competitors race while each carrying their wives on their backs through an obstacle course.
The story of wife-carrying is based on the 19th-century legend of Ronkainen the Thief. According to one version, Ronkainen the Thief, and members of his gang were stealing food and women from neighboring villages carrying them on their shoulders as they fled.
The World Wife Transport Championship is held annually in Finland and the winner receives the equivalent of his wife’s weight in beer.
3. Bog Snorkeling
Bog snorkeling is probably one of the strangest sports in the world. Every August hundreds of swimmers from around the world gather in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, to compete in the World Bog Snorkeling Championships.
Competitors are required to wear snorkels and flippers and complete 2 sections of a 60-yard ditch without using traditional swimming movements.
2. Extreme Ironing
According to the Extreme Ironing Office, this is “the latest dangerous sport that combines the emotions of extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-ironed shirt.”
Competitors call themselves “ironists” and go to dangerous or remote places with an ironing board. Activities may include going underwater, on top of a mountain, in moving vehicles, in a canoe, in the middle of a busy street while skiing, skydiving, or snowboarding.
1. Sheep Counting
Sheep counting competitions have become quite popular in Australia in recent years. Unlike the mental exercise of counting sheep to fall asleep, this sport requires a lot of attention and watchful eyes.
Approximately 400 sheep are released from a pen and passed to 10 competitors who try to count them as accurately as possible.
The person who declares the exact number of sheep becomes the winner of the competition.
Have you thought about participating in any of these competitions? Do you know of other sports that are more unusual than these? Feel free to share them with us in the comments!
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