Do you think you know all about sport and maybe have seen most of it on TV and tried some, we know soccer, football, rugby, tennis, swimming, wrestling, boxing, hockey, running and many more but not everyone know about these few weird ones.
There are many weird sports in the world but I’ll be posting the most unusual, really hilarious and crazy sports from around the world.
Bizarre is the word!
I am very sure the first time you heard of this sport was in the popular Harry Potter book series, which had them flying on broomsticks while playing ball.
The game which is meant to be played on flying broomsticks while they chase balls and seekers chasing a snitch (same as in the book) which is now played by “muggles” on a hockey field was created in 2005. Supporters refer to the game as a “muggle quidditch” because “muggles” are what the series characters call non-magic folk
It began in US college of Middlebury and has now evolved and is regulated the International Quidditch Association with an International Quidditch World Cup.
- Caber Tossing
This Spanish game requires a whole lot of strength where people compete by tossing a heavy log, known as a caber (Gaelic for ‘wooden beam’).
The aim and way to win is by tossing it as far as possible but to flip it over vertically that it lands in your ’12 o’clock position’ in reference to the thrower
- Wife Carrying
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.
This race sounds like something you engage in at a small gathering but lo, it has its championship with highly competitive teams like the United States team: participants need to win their state championship to qualify for the global championship. Despite the title, any team of two can participate.
- Extreme Ironing
Doing this as a sport is absolutely the worst idea!
People take their clothes and ironing boards to remote or dangerous places just for the “ironing”. This bizarre sport has got its own Wikipedia page and Extreme Ironing Bureau. So if you’re going to laugh it off as a joke, think again because it is a legit sport.
According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”
- Toe Wrestling
As I write this, I’m moving my toes to check if they can make me a champion. (hahaha).
A little bit similar to arm wrestling but with your toe as players play with their bare feet alternating between their left and right feet and play the best of three rounds attempting to pin down their opponent’s toes for three seconds.
The World Toe Wrestling Championship has been ongoing since the 1970’s, it created when a group at Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in the village of Wetton were discussing how British athlete never won or be the best at any sport worldwide, so they just created and hosted their own contest, Toe wrestling.
- Man vs. Horse Marathon
This started as a settlement for those who argued in pub over human limitation and potential, the race’s inventor, Gordon Greene, overheard two men arguing that a human could keep pace with a horse when traversing the country. The 2 Welsh locals Gordon Green and Glyn Hones wondered if a horse or a man would win a marathon.
Hence, the birth of 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.
- Wheelbarrow Racing
In Kenya, there is a race called “To Hell’s Gate on a Wheelbarrow”, which is named after the national park that holds the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) racecourse. Funds raised from this fun event go to conservation efforts for the park.
- Gurning Contests
This contest is not just weird, it is hilarious. Basically, it is a rural British tradition for anyone who pulls the most distorted facial expression.
The contest the World Gurning Championship takes place at the Egremont Crab Fair once a year, which dates back to 1267 when it was granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III.
- Hotdog Eating Contests
I can eat about 5 hotdogs in less than 2 minutes and get very scared of fat but competitors might consume more than 20 to 50 win this contest.
This is one of the most prominent forms of competitive eating with rules that 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.
- Bubble Soccer
This one is perfect for social distancing since the bubble is creating a nice distance between players as they are strapped into huge inflatable bubbles, which cover their head and upper body.
Each team typically consists of five players each, and the game is played with much of the same rules that soccer has. I absolutely believe this will be a fun watch.
- Competitive Worm Charming
Can I just call them worm whisperer … okay maybe not but close?
Worm charming is a sport in which participants attempt to lure as many earthworms out of the ground as possible within a pre-defined timeframe. There are many kinds of techniques that can be used; however, the most common one is to simply tap the ground rhythmically until the worms begin to emerge.
- Underwater Football
Underwater football is basically American football that’s usually played in a swimming pool.
Players have to wear snorkeling equipment and are tasked with getting the weighted football to the gutter on the other side of the pool.