Just when you thought “sports” couldn’t get any lower than the table tennis and competitive karate-chopping that grace the screens of ESPN8 these days, Forbes released an article detailing the some of the more obscure sports from around the globe.
Now, we’re family with some, notably India’s usual elephant polo and Finland’s wife-carrying. But some piqued our interest.
Kabbadi seems promising. It’s a game that combines “tagging” the opposing team on the other side of the court with, um, holding your breath. It’s almost as if they’re asking you to cheat. Plus, Wikipedia describes it thusly: “two teams of seven players (wearing socks and boxer shorts, sometimes briefs).”
But our favorites inevitably involve the age-old enjoyment of seeing inanimate objects tossed:
And there seems to be no end to the list of things people toss competitively: typewriters (Missouri, on Secretary’s Day), “cow chips” (Oklahoma), haggis (Scotland), rubber boots (Finland) and mobile phones (the Finns again).
Nothing says entertainment like a good heave-ho! And as if on cue, Deadspin unearthed this gem from Vitamin Water’s latest ad campaign:
Unusual sports busting out all over [Forbes]
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