10 Odd Sports, Most Unusual Modern Sports!
You think you know all about sports because you watch sportscenter every afternoon? You might know Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey but you don’t know jack about these 10 Odd Sports.
If you already knew all 10 of these weird sports existed, I apologize for doubting you! You’re a sports almanac in the flesh! Lets get to the odd sports list and find out who knows sports!
I began with Bossaball because out of all the oddball or weird sports on this list, this is the one I’d really like to try. It looks fun.
Bossaball is a spectacular new and unusual sport invented in Spain by Filip Eyckmans who developed the concept in 2004.
It is a ball game between two teams, each consisting of 3 to 5 players.
It is similar to volleyball, but also includes elements of football, gymnastics and capoeira. The game is played on a specially designed inflatable court with a circular trampoline on each side of a net.
It sounds pretty awesome!
2. World Gurning Contest – Odd Sports Winner!
A competition where the ugliest face wins. In my opinion, this is the oddest sport on the list.
Gurning is apparently a word for pulling a face, and you might be surprised to know that there is a World Gurning Contest.
Gurning competitions originated in 1297 at the Egremont Crab Fair, in the UK. As part of ‘Crab Fair’ in this part of the world they hold face pulling competitions to see who can make the ugliest face.
They are good at what they do although the majority of them have zero teeth which allows them to make some wacky faces.
Enjoy the before and After gallery below!
3. Wife Carrying
Wife carrying is an odd sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate.
It is held annually in Finland in early July, and requires a man to negotiate a 253.5 m course while carrying their wife on their back.
The course includes various surfaces and getting through dry land and water based obstacles. The prize to the winner is a mobile phone, and more importantly they also win their wife’s weight in beer.
4. Oil wrestling
Oil wrestling is a Turkish national sport. It is held around the world in June every year, though one of the oldest competitions is in Kirkpinar, Edirne Turkey.
The wrestling is part of a festival, dating back to 1357 celebrating an Ottoman victory. The contest, known as pehlivan covered in olive oil trying to wrestle the other to the ground, maybe not everyone’s idea of fun.
Oil wrestling festivals also take place in northern Greece in the Eastern Macedonia and West Thrace. In recent years, this style of wrestling has also become popular in other countries, particularly the Netherlands and Japan.
Poohsticks is an odd sport first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne.
It is a simple sport which may be played on any bridge over running water. Each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner.
The annual World Poohsticks Championships have been held at Day’s Lock on the River Thames in the UK, since 1984.
5. Bed Racing
One of the most unusually odd sports, Bed Racing has been embraced by the people of the North Yorkshire Town of Knaresborough.
The first race in 1965 was only open to Army, Navy and American Marines, but now the competition is open to anyone.
The competitors race in teams of five, plus one on the bed. Each team must provide their own bed, decorated in the theme for the year. The bed runs on four wheels, but also needs to be able to float.
This 3km run race begins and ends at Conyngham Hall. About halfway through the run, the teams face the one-in-five gradient climb to Castle Top before it’s back down the hill and toward the final challenge.
Zorbing is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic.
It is generally performed on a gentle slope, but can also be played on a level surface, permitting more rider control.
It is quite extreme, but there is no competition, unless you make a bet with your friend as to whether you will die or not. So, is it a sport? The people who play it say it is and that’s good enough for me.
7. Extreme Ironing
I’ve written about extreme ironing once before.
Extreme Ironing is an extreme but dangerous odd sport and also a performance art.
They call themselves ‘ironists’, and get a thrill from taking their ironing board, unplugged iron and some of their wrinkly clothes to some extreme places and photograph themselves pretending to iron clothes.
Some places they have ironed are extreme altitudes, underwater, hanging from cliffs, and on top of vehicles. According to the official website, extreme ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”
8. Chess Boxing
Chess boxing is a hybrid sport that combines chess with boxing in alternating rounds.
This odd sport was invented by French artist and filmmaker Enki Bilal in his comic book Froid Équateur in 1992. The first real event of chess-boxing was organized by Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh in 2003.
Chess boxing is a fast growing sport. The sport alternates between games of boxing and chess after each round – waiting for a checkmate or knockout to decide the match.
A Chess Boxing match between two individuals lasts up to eleven rounds, starting with a four minute chess round and followed by two minutes of boxing.
10. Playing Nude Sports – Odd Sports Runner-Up!
There is a lot of interest in people playing sports without clothes on.
For some reason, one of the most popular nude sports is the World Naked Bike Ride, in which people take part without any clothes as witnessed in the image above.
Some other popular events in naked sports are the “international Alps Adria Meeting”, “International Nudist Swimming Gala” , “International Naturist Sports Week” , “Roskilde Festival” etc..
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Discussion about 10 Odd Sports, Most Unusual Modern Sports!
Well, which odd or unusual sports were new to you? I definitely didn’t know about them all previously. Also, let me know which you believe is the oddest sport on the list!