Now that lightsaber dueling has been recognised as an official competitive sport in France, who are we to say all these other obscure sports should be any less legitimate? Most sports are already just a bunch of men chasing a ball, so why should that ball not be a wheel of cheese rolling down a hill or an iron on a cliff?
Meant to foster bonds between sport and modernity, this 21st century fencing happens in bouts of 3-minutes, and unlike the traditional discipline, competitors are required to weld the lightsaber behind their back for that dramatic Star Wars swing.
It’s like someone decided that BMX tricks just aren’t enough and decided to add gymnastics into the mix. Any onlooker can see the amount of balance, body awareness, and—dare we say it—genetic superiority needed.
About a decade ago, a man from Southampton lost a bet with his wife and had to bring his ironing board up Old Harry Rocks to complete a round of laundry. Now, it has evolved into the sport that we now know as Extreme Ironing. Except that we made the entire thing up, and have no clue in heaven what transpired this unique sport, but it does originate from England.
Musical Canine Freestyle
Team sports are tricky, even trickier when they involve dogs. But this sport is exactly what you picture it to be: dancing with man’s best friend. We imagine dog-lovers just wanted a platform to publicly showcase their love for their dogs. What we can’t imagine is the same sport for cats.
Yet another charming sport from the country that brought you chess-boxing and shin-kicking, toe wrestling traces back to 1976 in UK. Current reigning champion Alan ‘Nasty’ Nash has broken toes in the process of his 15 straight wins, but only hopes to retire after finding a worthy successor. So if you feel like putting your best foot forward…
Japan has its fair share of unusual sports from Onbashira (log-riding) to Bo-taoshi (capture the flag), but competitive snowball fighting has to be the most fun. Directly translated as Snow Battle, the self-explanatory game is everyone’s childhood fantasy.
Competitive Worm Charming
You can’t make these things up. Everyone in this sport is entitled to a 3 x 3 plot of land and 30 minutes and the goal is to coax earthworms out without digging the ground or harming the worms. Judges are also called Worm Masters.