The Weirdest 'Sports' on Earth

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIINovember 24, 2012

The Weirdest 'Sports' on Earth

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    Sports are a great part of society, but there are some "sports" that people invent that are just plain weird.

    Sports with the minute details like football, basketball and baseball take decades to work out, but it looks like these sports were thought of in about five minutes.

    Of the hundreds and thousands of weird, idiotic, ridiculous sports in the world today, these take the cake.

50. Shrovetide Football

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    According to, Shrovetide Football is a biannual soccer match in Ashbourne at the start of Lent, involving everyone in the city.

    What's even more crazy is that there are so few rules and regulations to be acknowledged that the site says that essentially the only rule is no murder.

49. Jai-Alai

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    It's not easy to understand, but what I've gathered about Jai-Alai is that it is essentially a faster-paced version of squash, with the ball traveling at over 180 miles per hour.

    I'm assuming that there are some pretty nasty injuries when a ball traveling that fast hits you.

48. Beer Pong

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    Beer pong is a staple of tailgates and college parties, but it is far from a sport.

    Nevertheless, there are beer pong Olympics, which really means that people across the nation truly believe their prowess at this game makes them Olympians.

47. Professional Mini Golf

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    Believe it or not, you can make a living playing mini golf.

    The U.S. PMG Association has its own events such as The Masters, America's Cup and U.S. Open.

46. Sumo-Suit Wrestling

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    Sumo-suit wrestling seems like a lot of fun, but it's definitely not something you just decide to do.

    Very few people have a suit lying around, and one of these bad boys can set you back $2,500.

45. Rock, Paper, Scissors

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    Usually used to decide simple matters such as who picks first in a backyard sporting event, rock, paper, scissors is apparently becoming a huge success.

    As you may have heard in the video, "Drill" McGill won an incredible $50,000 in the RPS Championship in Las Vegas.

44. Disc Golf

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    Disc golf is an interesting sport, even if this video doesn't quite do it justice.

    One night a few buddies and I were watching TV and stumbled upon this sport. We ended up watching it for over an hour.

    Trust me when I tell you that this is actually pretty cool.

43. Bowfishing

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    Bowfishing combines the best elements of fishing and bow hunting into one heckuva sport.

    While the best highlights come when the fish jump out of the water and are picked off in midair, this video about bowfishing for rays is still pretty badass.

42. Elephant Polo

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    This is exactly what it sounds like. In this "sport" you simply try playing polo, but instead of using a horse, you use an elephant.

41. Ice Golf

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    If regular golf isn't hard enough for you, why not make it even more difficult by playing on ice sheets?

    The World Ice Golf Championship has become an annual event in Uummannaq, Greenland, starting 1997 and continuing due to "perfect ice conditions."

    I'm not sure what kind of ice you need to play ice golf, but it appears it's in Greenland.

40. Zorbing

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    Zorbing is not a sport to take lightly. It's a huge commitment if you want to try rolling around in an oversized hamster ball.

    Not only do you have to go to one of just two places in America where you can zorb, but you could also spend as much as two grand on your ball.

    You can check out the ZORB home page here.

39. Tug-of-War

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    This is one that you've probably heard of from your second-grade field day...and that's where it should stay.

    This "sport" is just silly, but it was once a part of the Summer Olympics and is trying to make a comeback.

    Please, please don't give out a medal for pulling a rope.

38. Parkour

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    Now this is one I can respect a lot more than tug-of-war.

    Pakour is awesome. It's clearly something that very few people can do, and it takes a lot of practice (and injuries).

37. Toe Wrestling

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    You've heard of arm wrestling, but toe wrestling?

    Apparently it's a big deal in small circles, and there are even international competitions.

    This is something I would recommend checking out to Rex Ryan.

36. Rope Climbing

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    Just like climbing the rope in gym class again, it's pretty similar to this video. While you don't need to use a hool-a-hoop while climbing, this video was just too cool to pass up.

    Rope climbing was actually part of the 1896 Olympics, but now it's not even part of most gym classes.

35. Bossaball

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    Bossaball is like volleyball but on a trampoline and with different scoring rules and the ability to hit the ball eight times instead of three.

    It looks like a lot of fun, but I don't think I'd like to set one of those courts up in my backyard.

34. Race Walking

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    This one just annoys me. If you're going to race—race. If you're going to walk—walk. There's no reason to combine the two.

    While I will give the people in this video credit because they're walking roughly 30 miles and some can walk a mile faster than I can run one, I just want to see someone full-out sprint the last 100 meters or so.

33. Pillow Fighting

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    This is something that belongs at a sixth-grade girls' slumber party, but pillow fighting is becoming popular among all groups. There is even a Pillow Fight League and a Pillow Fight Day.

    I'm still not a fan.

    You might notice that the video calls it a "Pillow Fight Club."

    First rule about Fight Club: Don't talk about Fight Club.

    Second rule about Fight Club: Don't bring a pillow to Fight Club.

32. Fistball

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    What's fistball? I'm so glad you asked.

    Fistball is an international sport that looks like it would be fun to play but could definitely break your hand. The United States Fistball Association is looking forward to the 2015 world championships in Argentina.

    It even made an appearance on ESPN's website.

31. Live Pigeon Shooting

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    Live Pigeon Shooting was once part of the Olympics, but that was more than 100 years ago.

    For some reason I don't see PETA being a big fan of this one.

30. Competitive Eating

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    I'm as big a fan of eating as the next guy, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I've tried to eat alongside the competitive eaters during Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Fourth of July...but it's still a little weird.

    Could you imagine eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes? That's almost 16,500 calories, according to

29. World Beard and Moustache Championships

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    I think the video says it all here. I don't even know what to say.

28. Hornussen

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    What I've gathered about Hornussen is that you want to hit the ball farther than your opponent, but your team gets to try to hit the ball backward with huge plastic placards. The team with the farthest distance wins.

    I'm still not entirely sure what the strategies and exact rules are, but I know enough to say that this is pretty weird.

27. Man-Versus-Horse Marathon

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    Remember when Chad Johnson raced a horse? He probably didn't know it, but that was like a poor man's version of the man-versus-horse marathon.

    Johnson won that round thanks to a big head start, but it's not always easy to beat a horse in athletic competition.

    Honestly, I wonder if the horse even knows that this is a competition, because I think a motivated horse would win every time.

26. Underwater Hockey

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    Now this is one that I've been hearing about for a while, and as awesome as it seems, it is still a bit odd.

    The first time I heard about this sport was on a college visit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where one of the speakers bragged about the school's underwater hockey team.

    Whatever floats your boat.

25. Cycleball

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    Yep, it's soccer on bikes.

    Cycleball requires balance, agility and a certain creativity. It also looks pretty cool. If I didn't think I would constantly fall over when I shot, I would definitely try this sport.

24. Skibobbing

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    Anyone who tries this is a badass.

    I don't have the balls to try riding one of those down a mountain, but I respect the hell out of people who do.

23. La Canne

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    If Lacrosse means "the stick," I'm guessing La Canne means "the cane."

    This sport is just like fencing, but it is much faster, much more violent and uses a cane.

    As you can see in the video, this sport usually entails one party being completely and utterly destroyed by another.

22. Swimming Obstacle Course

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    The swimming obstacle course was part of the 1900 Olympic Games, and while it isn't quite what I expected, it's still pretty cool.

    Over a century later it is still around today, as seen in this video from the Netherlands in 2011.

21. Dog Surfing

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    Not only does this sport feature man's best friend, but it also takes place on a beach. What more could you ask for?

    As the name entails, this is essentially just surfing, but with a dog on the board, too.

20. Chess Boxing

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    The official rules of chess boxing can be seen on the USA Chess Boxing site, but basically you can win through checkmate, knockout or a variety of tiebreakers.

    This sport combines brawn and brain in a truly challenging competition.

19. Unicycle Polo

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    If you thought cycleball was impressive, imagine that with one fewer wheel.

    Unicycle polo is very similar to cycleball, with the major differences being that you get a stick and that you lose a wheel.

18. Kaninhop

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    You may have seen horses do something similar to this if you watch equestrian jumping, but this is even better.

    Instead of having a horse jump over a bar, this sport involves having a bunny do the same thing—yes that's a bunny, not a small dog.

17. Quidditch

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    From the Harry Potter series to real life (kind of).

    While the sport invented by J.K. Rowling is played on flying brooms, we Muggles try our best to replicate it.

    Quidditch has become surprisingly popular, and many colleges now have teams.

16. Freestyle Walking

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    It's just like skateboarding without a board.

    Freestyle walking is a bit like parkour, but can lead to much, much funnier wipeouts, as seen in this video.

15. Cheeserolling

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    I love cheese as much as the next guy, but if I ever participate in cheeserolling, I wouldn't even eat the prize.

    In this "sport" contestants race down a steep hill, following—you guessed it—a roll of cheese. The best part is that the winner gets to keep the cheese, but I'm not sure that I would eat that cheese.

14. Mud-Pit Belly Flopping

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    Honestly, I'm not entirely sure about how you can judge a winner in mud-pit belly flopping, but it was apparently featured prominently at the 2007 Redneck Games.

    I don't even like doing belly flops in a pool, but this seems like something I might try.

13. Giant-Pumpkin Kayaking

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    Someone finally found a use for those huge pumpkins that are just lying around: kayaking.

    Apparently some contestants think they can just swim with their pumpkins...nice try. Go to two minutes and five seconds into the video if you don't know what I'm talking about.

12. Dwile Flonking

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    There is always room for debate in this sport, and that doesn't exclude the name. Known as either Dwile Flonking or Dwyle Flunking, the rules of this contest are always just basic guidelines.

    Either way, everyone ends up nice and drunk, so everybody wins.

11. Urban Golf

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    This looks like the most fun of any sport on this list to me, but it's probably not something that you can just do whenever you feel like it.

    It's a miracle that someone wasn't hurt on every hole, but this video is a perfect example of everything that urban golf entails.

10. Solo Synchronized Swimming

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    This one just confuses me. Solo synchronized swimming just doesn't make sense, and it makes even less sense after watching the video and researching it.

    If anyone out there has the slightest clue as to what is going on in this video, I take my hat off to you.

9. Wife Carrying

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    Unlike solo synchronized swimming, this one makes complete sense.

    It's not even hard to figure out what you have to do in wife carrying, but if you need instructions, this video provides them.

8. Bogsnorkelling

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    You know that swimming thing in those Olympic Games every four years? Forget about that.

    Bogsnorkelling is the sport that separates the men from the boys when it comes to swimmers. Not only do you have to swim fast, but you have to do it in a disgusting bog.

    Michael Phelps ain't got nothing on this.

7. Extreme Ironing

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    Sometimes ironing your own clothes can be a little boring, so somebody in England decided it was a good idea to make it as dangerous as possible by doing it in random places.

    I'd gladly volunteer my shirts for the good of this sport.

6. Cardboard Tube Dueling

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    I could've sworn I came up with this first, but either way cardboard dueling has become immensely popular (and with good reason).

    This little skirmish looks highly enjoyable, and some people even make armor out of cardboard boxes for the battle.

5. Kabaddi

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    Kabaddi combines tag, wrestling and holding your breath into one indescribable sport.

    It's probably indescribable because I have no idea what the hell is going on, but it's still pretty cool to watch.

4. Crab Racing

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    You've heard of horse racing and perhaps dog racing...but crab racing?

    I mean com on, you have to be able to find a faster animal than crabs. These things probably take forever.

3. Camel Wrestling

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    Camel wrestling is just one of those "sports" where you have to shake your head and wonder why someone would ever make camels fight.

    Whatever the reason, these fans love to watch their camels.

2. Shin Kicking

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    Believe it or not, there is a sport based entirely on two people kicking each other's shins.

    Not only is it a sport, but there is a world championship, and an ambulance crew is usually on site.

1. Outhouse Racing

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    Imagine the exhilaration of bobsledding combined with the practicality of being able to go to the bathroom.

    Introducing outhouse racing—the sport for bobsledders with small bladders.

    If you have an old outhouse and a pair of skis you can immediately take part in the strange world of outhouse racing.