I know, I know, you are all wondering what's so 'weird' about this event. Not much other than the fact that this Annual Fighting Festival is for everyone - that includes women and children!
Members of the Chumbilbilca community near Cusco in Peru mark Christmas Day annually by taking part in a series of public bare-knuckled fights to settle scores ahead of the New Year.
The annual tradition, known as Takanakuy, aims to air pent-up grievances and apparently strengthens community relationships.
The event is mediated by refererees and, it is claimed, rarely results in serious injuries.
Hard feelings set aside, the day is wrapped up with a celebratory dance.
Source: BBC News
La Tomatina - SpainLa Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in which participants throw tomatoes at each other. It is held the last Wednesday in August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
|Tomatina in 2006 |
pic by Wiki user Lobo
In June 2010 Sam Cunningham, a fishmonger from Somerset won the contest, after eating 74 feet of nettles.
What's the big deal you say? Well try eating just one of these leaves never mind an entire branch! The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles that inject histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.