We unearthed a list of the world’s most unusual sports and championships
As humans embrace the collective evolution as a whole, new and unusual sports have sprouted into existence from the sheer powers of creativity and the will to compete against one another no matter the circumstance. Challenging the traditionalist's perspective of what a sport should be, here's a list of the world's most unusual sports and championships in existence that are physically, mentally and even spiritually-demanding:
Giant Pumpkin Regatta
First of all, the idea of giant pumpkins (called Atlantic Giants) might seem like a surreal byproduct of fairytales and that's because not everyone in the world believe they actually exist. But what's even more unbelievable is that they are used as vessels in several giant pumpkin kayaking races around the western countries. The giant pumpkins are hollowed out and operate as the sole means of floatation during the race.
Requirements: A big, big pumpkin. Magic is optional.
Lobster Crate Race
This is what happens with places possessing a surplass of lobster crates and without a means of recycling them for a more wholesome and better purpose. Fortunately, the wisest of them manifested the lobster crate race to unearth the most talented superhumans adept in racing across the floating crates in the fastest time and without falling into the ice-cold water.
Requirements: Dexterity, and a lobster thermidor plater beforehand.
Mobile Phone Throwing
Originating from the progenating capital of mobile phones, Finland, this inaugural championship rewards the best mobile phone thrower in several categories namely solo, freestyle, group and children. As a matter of fact, mobile phone throwing can be a great stress-reliever, don't you think?
Requirements: Vengeance towards mobile phones.
Owing its roots to the fictional sport of 'Quidditch' as read and seen in the Harry Potter franchise, muggle quidditch is for the non-magical humans rooted on Earth and reality but with great aspirations of coursing through the skies on a broomstick. The bad news, muggle quidditch players don't get to fly due to the absence of magic. The good news, the game is pretty fun with rational adaptations from what you read in the books and is even recognised internationally with a steady growth of followers and a world cup for the hardcore muggles.
Requirements: Good fitness level and some make-believe magic.
Cardboard Tube Duelling
Yes, the 21st-century is lacking of vigor and fantastical activities unlike the mythical Middle Ages. With the effort of reviving ancient melee-weapon combat tactics, the cardboard tube fighting league is everyone's best bet – plus it's 100 percent legal, safe, eco-friendly and very, very economical.
Requirements: Past-life warrior instincts.
An illustrious but sometimes notorious activity, pea shooting, as its moniker presents, requires years of practice to skillfully master the art behind this projectile sport. While it isn't very widespread outside of the UK, championships are held since 40 years ago to uncover the most skillful at it. Now, people are still competing with specialised shooting contraptions and sometimes, in garrish or outstanding costumes to hype things up.
Requirements: Targetting precision.
World Worm Charming Championships
A huge population of Planet Earth would recoil in horror at the grotesque-ness of these earthen lifeforms. But those without the 'wriggly-creature-phobia' would revel in the World Worm Charming Championships where participants would compete to see who attracts the most earthworms out from the assigned ground. Perhaps there's a secret method or luck, or a certain aura charming enough for our underground friends. If you have them all, you know where to go to.
Requirements: Worm whisperer abilities.
Dunny, an Australian slang for outdoor toilets has been given a new purpose in line with its declining usage in modern Australia. In the case of the derby, the dunny has wheels. As weird as it sounds, it involves three participants, with one sitting inside the dunny 'throne', while the other two pull the makeshift contraption with the race through obstacles. More enthusiastic participants would dress up the dunny and themselves in thematic finesse.
Requirements: Great experiences with a dunny.
The idea of foot-racing has changed so drastically, you now have women racing on their most prized and fabulously-harnessed pair of high heels down the urban high streets of major cities. These races are organised for a good cause as they are either charity-driven or at the very least benefits the winner with a shopping spree worth several thousands of dollars.
Requirements: A pair of killer stilettos and the perennial hunger for shopping.
Rubber Duck Race
Normally organised to raise funds for NGOs, rubber duck races are quite a mainstay in North America, UK and Australia. People can participate in the race by sponsoring a rubber duck on a fundraising drive. The rubber ducks will then be dumped onto a waterway, with the first to reach the finish line winning a prize for its sponsor.
Requirements: Some money, some luck and a lot of love for rubber ducks.