If You've Taken Part In Any Of These 10 Sports, The World Will Think You're Weird

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1. Buzkashi - 8 Players Playing With A Headless Goat Carcass

Buzkashi is often compared to polo. Both games are played between people on horseback, both involve propelling an object toward a goal, and both get fairly rough. However, polo is played with a ball, and buzkashi is played with a headless goat carcass.

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Buzkashi or Kokpar is the Central Asian sport played among Kazakhs, Afghans, Uzbeks, Hazaras, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Turkmens and Pashtuns. Both games are played between people on horseback; instead of a ball, Buzkashi is played with a headless goat carcass.


2. Indoor Cycling Gymnastics - Cycling With A Twist

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3. Panjat Pinang - Climbing Trunks Covered With Oil

Panjat Pinang is a very unique way of celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day. A wheel full of prizes is placed on top, before the trunk is covered with oil or other lubricants, and young men are invited to try and reach the prizes.


Sebuah pohon pinang yang tinggi dan batangnya dilumuri oleh pelumas disiapkan oleh panitia perlombaan. Di bagian atas pohon tersebut, disiapkan berbagai hadiah menarik. Para peserta berlomba untuk mendapatkan hadiah-hadiah tersebut dengan cara memanjat batang pohon.

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Since the nut-tree poles are fairly high and very slippery, a single climber would have almost no chance of reaching the top, so contestants usually work together and split the rewards, if they succeed. Prizes consist of foods, like cheese, sugar, flour, and clothes.

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4. Naki Sumo - Which Sumo Wrestler Can Make The Other Baby Cry First?

Naki sumo, the baby crying festival in Japan is a contest where the young toddlers are carried by sumo wrestlers. The wrestlers hold the baby in their hands and observe which baby cries out first.


The event, which has been held annually for over 400 years, is meant as a prayer for the children's healthy growth.


Two sumo wrestlers face each other holding babies seeing who can make theirs cry first.

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5. Bo-Taoshi (Pole Bring-Down) - Who Can Lower The Pole?

Bo-Taoshi, or "pole bring-down" in English, is similar to the classic old capture-the-flag game played on sports day at schools in Japan. Victory is given to the team that successfully lowers the pole of the opposing team (which begins perpendicular to the ground) to a 30-degree angle.


Although Bo-taoshi may look like all out chaos, there is actually some strategy involved. On the defensive half, positions include: pole support, barrier, interference, scrum disabler and the ninja. Offensive positions include: Springboard/Scrum, pole attackers and general support attacks.

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6. Wife Carrying - Which Man Can Carry His Wife Through An Obstacle Track The Fastest?

Competitors taking part in the Wife Carrying World Championship competition in Finland.

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Wife carrying is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.


7. Redneck Games - How Does Belly Flopping Into A Mud Pit Sound To You?

Blake Harris belly flops into the mud pit during the Texas Redneck Games at the Pool Ranch in Athens, Texas, Saturday. Patterned after the original Redneck Games, which began more than 10 years ago in Georgia, the third-annual Texas games attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 people in 2007.

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The Redneck Games are held in East Dublin, Georgia annually. The games were started By Elbow, General Manager for WQZY-FM "Y96". The Red Neck Games was, however, cancelled in 2013 and might return in 2014.


8. Muggle Quidditch - Just Like In Harry Potter, Minus The Flying

Quidditch is a competitive sport in the wizarding realm of the Harry Potter universe, featured in the series of novels and movies. It is an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches.

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Quidditch is a sport based on the fictional sport developed by British author J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series of children's novels. The sport was created in 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. It has grown into its own separate and distinct sport after seven publications of rulebooks.

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9. Underwater Hockey - Hold Your Breath Until You Score!

In underwater hockey, Two teams of up to ten players compete, with six players on each team in play at once.[1] The remaining four players are continually substituted into play from a substitution area, which may be on deck or in the water outside the playing area, depending on tournament rules.

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Underwater hockey (UWH; also called Octopush and Water Hockey) is a globally-played limited-contact sport in which two teams compete to manoeuvre a puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into goals.

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10. Elephant Polo - Polo At A Slower Pace

The 11th King's Cup tournament, held to promote elephant conservation, takes place from September 12-16, 2012 in Hua Hin, Thailand, a resort town southwest of Bangkok.

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Elephant polo is a variant of polo played whilst riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), and Thailand. England and Scotland regularly field teams. Equipment consists of a standard polo ball and six to ten foot cane (similar to bamboo) sticks with a polo mallet head on the end.


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