Joggling, a sport which combines running and juggling, have events ranging from 100m up to the marathon. In this video example, Eric Walter runs the 400m while juggling 3 balls (Joggling), setting an Official Guinness World Record of 55.81 sec. As per the rules, if a ball is dropped, the athlete has to return to the place that the ball was dropped.
The world's premier Bog Snorkeling event is held in August each year along the dense Waen Rhydd Peat bog near Llanwrtyd Wells, in Powys, Wales. Bog snorkeling was conceived in 1976 as many great ideas over a pint of beer at the local pub, with the first World Bog Snorkeling Championship held in 1985. The World Bog Snorkeling Championship has been held along the dense Waen Rhydd Peat bog near Llanwrtyd Wells, in Powys, Wales since 1985. It may be a world championships, but you can see on this video that not all competitors take it seriously. Competitors need to complete a return swim along the 55m bog lap, with no conventional swimming strokes allowed. Goggles and flippers are essential though if you want to go anywhere. A record 84 seconds was set in 2011.
What do people do when their localities are infested with cockroaches? Just brag about how cockroaches in your area are faster than cockroaches form other areas. That's exactly what happened between two guys in Brisbane in Australia; of course after few rounds good old Australian beer I guess, who followed it up with a race between roaches from their area in a vacant parking lot. Hence the sport of cockroach racing was born.
Cockroach racing is extremely popular in Australia. A special event promoted under the banner "Australia Day Cockroach Races" is conducted every year on 26 January, Australia Day, which is one of the biggest event on that day. The event features 14 different types of races, which also includes a steeple chase race. There are also six other such racing events held in the country every year.
The races sure are fun, I mean who doesn't like to see cockroaches compete. Jokes apart, the primary reason these races continue to have the following they have enjoyed is because of the gambling associated with it.
Besides Australia, cockroach racing also exists in the United States. Traditionally, a cockroach race is conducted in New Jersey, to predict the democratic presidential candidate every four years.
The race originated in the end of the 19th century in the United Kingdom. Egg-and spoon races are conducted for various distances based on the organization that conducts the race. The most commonly used is the 50m and the 100m formats.
The objective of the race is very simple, to carry an egg on the spoon and cross the finish line as fast as possible. Each competitor is provided with a spoon and an egg. At the starting line, all competitors line up with the eggs positioned on the spoon, and wait for the start signal.
When the start signal is set off, competitors run at full speed, holding the spoon with just one hand. Holding the spoon with two hands, or touching the egg with hands is not allowed. If a competitor drops the egg, they have to pick it up, put it back on to the spoon and balance it before they can resume running.
Though mostly eggs are used for races, it has also been replaced in some instances with potatoes, tomatoes, lemons or synthetic eggs.
The World Kissing Competition is held annually at the Acquafan park of Riccione in northeastern Italy. Hundreds of contestants battle in events ranging from 'basketball kissing' to 'underwater kissing'. In the underwater kissing event, the contestants have to kiss underwater in a transparent swimming pool for as long as they can.
Ostrich Racing is a sport where people race each other on the backs of ostriches. They can also be ridden similarly as horses with wagons, special saddles, reins and bits. This contest is said to be harder to manage than horses.
Ostrich Racing is common in South Africa and in the United States particularly in Chandler, Arizona. In Jacksonville, Florida, an ostrich farm was opened as a tourist attraction in 1892 and became one of the most visited and known attractions in the state. Ostrich racing also takes places in Virginia City in Nevada, Fairgrounds in New Orleans, Canterbury Park in Minnesota, Ellis Park in Kentucky and Prairie Meadows in Iowa.
Pillow fighting is not just for slumber parties. Pillow Fight is a real-life semi-professional women-only sporting event that is all about pillow fighting, founded by Pillow Fight League (PFL) Commissioners Stacey P. Case and Craig Daniels in February 2004. It is based in Toronto, Canada.
The sport is quite similar to a wrestling match, held in a fighting arena. It was first launched in a Canadian Goth bar known as The Vatikan in downtown Toronto.
Other cities have also hosted this popular event like Montreal, Quebec, even New York City, though the primary seat of the Pillow Fight League remain in Toronto and Ontario.
The fight lasts for only five minutes. If by the time limit ends and there’s still no winner, the judging committee (which consists of three members) will declare the winner.
As long as the fighter uses a pillow to attack, leg drops, submission holds, punching and other moves are prohibited within the match. The fighter is not allowed to hold her attacker’s arm when she decides to attack with a pillow, if that happens, she will most likely to be warned or disqualified from the match.
Pillow fighters may end up with bruises, cuts, scrapes and other times, concussions, black eyes, split lips, bruised kidneys, torn muscles and much more. It is not an easy sport. However, actions like biting, scratching, low blows or anything that will result the match to stop will automatically disqualify the rule-breaker.
Snail Racing is a fun entertainment held mostly in the United Kingdom where two or more snails race. Snail races also take place in different parts of the world.
The common snails used for the race are Helix Aspersa (cornu aspersum) which are garden snails or land snails. These snails are natives of the Mediterranean area and the west of Europe. Also, these are the type of snails that are safe to eat and not at all poisonous but known as pests in the agricultural gardens and lands.
The World Championships for Snail Racing all started in the 1960s in Congham, Norfolk in the East of England, by founder Tom Elwes. He first witnessed the humorous event in France.
A snail named Archie in 1995 won the race in just two minutes, the fastest recorded snail after Heikki Kovalainen, a snail named after the Formula One race car driver in 2008 in three minutes and Sidney, a snail race contestant in 2010 in a time of three minutes and forty-one seconds.
The race is started with a terminology, “Ready, Steady, Slow”. It was first heard during the first competitive live snail race in London called “The Guinness Gastropod Championship” in 1999.
The race usually happens in a circular track where the snails start in the middle of the racing perimeter. The track is made up of a damp cloth on top of a flat surface and has a radius of 13 to 14 inches. The race number of each snail contestant is painted on the shell or with a sticky paper or tag placed on top of their shells.
The first snail to touch the outer circle of the ring is crowned the winner.
During the 2014 championships 19 July 2014, the winner was a snail called Wells, completed the race course in three minutes and nineteen seconds. The race was held in Congham and has hosted the event for more than 25 years already attracting spectators from different parts of the world.
The next World Snail Racing Championship will be on 18 July 2015 on the cricket field at Congham, Norfolk.
Unicycle football is a variation of American football in which players move around the field using a unicycle. The game was invented by a Texas native Marcus Garland in 2008. Though not as fast paced as regular football, unicycle football is no short of action and intensity.
If you like a bit of facial hair, then this may be the competition for you. Men with elaborate beards and moustaches come together every two years for the World Beard and Moustache Championships. The competition involves men with lengthy, highly-styled facial hair. The first Championship was held in Höfen-Enz, Germany, in 1990.
For the competition, there are four categories of facial hair, with each category broken into 17-18 individual categories.
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