Wednesday, December 15, 2010

✈Worlwide Wednesdays: Weird Sports/Events - Part 2

Cockroach Races - Australia

...As the story goes the Story Bridge Hotel Cockroach Races were started when two old punters sat in the bar arguing over which suburb had the biggest and fastest roaches.

They decided to race some roaches the next day and history was made.

The races have now been held at the Story Bridge Hotel for over 28 years...

Racing is simple....the races are held in a circular track and roaches are then let go from an upturned bucket in the middle...first to the edge is a winner. Things are made a little more difficult in the steeplechase events where a circular fence (garden hose) is used to enhance the spectacle and test the roach talent.

There is no betting as such on the races . Instead punters pay $5 to buy a roach and $5 to enter it or their own in a race.....all roaches are numbered (not an easy job), with first second and third receiving prizes..First gets a pack from the race sponsor and a trophy, second and third get a cash prize.
We do supply Cockroaches, we buy them and fly them up from Melbourne (true..believe it or not), but this is often not enough, so patrons are be encouraged to BYO roach.

Races are only open to entrants registered and weighed in by the stewards prior to event.
  1. It is the job of the stewards to catch the first 3 cockies across the line. Their decision is final.
  2. After each event, entrants may be re-entered in further events (if you can catch them). Best wishes and good luck  to any of the entrants which evade capture.....we hope to see you next year.
  3. Flying will not be tolerated, entrants thought to have gained an unfair air-born advantage will be disqualified. If disqualified entrants may be banned from competing in future events.
  4. Ownership of entrants ceases after each race.
  5. Only stewards are permitted on 'The Olde Canvasse'. Pitch invaders are liable to a $100,000,000.00 fine.
  6. The cost of entering a 'Roach is $5.00. Prizes are as follows; 1st place - Sponsors Prize & Trophy.  2nd place -  $25 Cash!!. 3rd place $15.00. Scientifically bred Cockroaches (of the highest calibre) can be purchased from the  Stewards.
  7. As outlined by the governing bodies, entrants may be tested for performance enhancing substances at any time.  Penalties are severe! Owners are  advised that stewards will also be scanning for so called "natural" enhancers  e.g. coffee, white sugar, and red cordial to name a few.
  8. The Cockroach Races are first and foremost a fun event. All funds raised in this event from the buying or entering of 'Roaches go to Variety. Therefore anyone who disagrees with the official  rules,  the running of the event or decisions made by the Stewards, will be considered to be  "Wowsers of the highest  order" and not very Australian at all.

Toe Wrestling - UK

Toe wrestling is a sport gaining popularity in the UK. World championships started in Wetton in the 1970s and are now held at the Bentley Brook Inn in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Top players include Paul "Toeminator" Beech and Alan "Nasty" Nash, who is the current world champion.

Toe wrestling is similar to arm wrestling. To play, Players must take off their shoes and socks, as the game is played bare feet. It is common courtesy for each player to remove the other players shoes and socks. Players must link toes and each players feet must touch flat on the other person's feet. Typically, after a short starting chant which varies by region (for example, "one, two, three, four, I declare a toe war."), the opponents proceed to attempt to pin (capture or trap) their opponent's feet for three seconds, while avoiding the same. Pinning is accomplished by placing one foot on the same foot of the opponent (for example, 'Jack swings his foot right, trapping Harry's feet underneath for 3 seconds).

Source: Wikipedia

Oil Wrestling - Turkey

Oil wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş) is the Turkish national sport. It is known sometimes as grease wrestling because the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil. It is related to Uzbek kurash, Tuvan khuresh and Tatar köräş. The wrestlers, known as pehlivan (from Persian پهلوان or pehlevān, meaning "hero" or "champion") wear a type of hand-stitched lederhosen called a kisbet (sometimes kispet), which are traditionally made of water buffalo hide, and most recently have been made of calfskin.

Unlike Olympic wrestling, oil wrestling matches may be won by achieving an effective hold of the kisbet. Thus, the pehlivan aims to control his opponent by putting his arm through the latter's kisbet. To win by this move is called paça kazık. Originally, matches had no set duration and could go on for one or two days, until one man was able to establish superiority, but in 1975 the duration was capped at 40 minutes for the baspehlivan and 30 minutes for the pehlivan category. If no winner is determined, another 15 minutes—10 minutes for the pehlivan category—of wrestling ensues, wherein scores are kept to determine the victor.

Source:  Wikipedia

Running of the Nudes - Spain

In 2002, approximately 25 naked streakers ran through Pamplona’s winding streets to promote an alternative to the Running of the Bulls. Subsequent events saw a steady increase in the numbers of runners with an estimated 1000 nude or semi-nude runners taking part in the event in 2006.

The annual Running of the Nudes in Pamplona - 2007
by Wiki user Melissa Karpel

The Running of the Nudes, like the well-known Running of the Bulls, occurs two days before the Running of the Bulls, just before the start of the nine-day festival of San Fermín. The event is supported by animal welfare groups, including PETA, who object to the Running of the Bulls, claiming that the event is cruel and glorifies bullfighting, which the groups oppose. In the Running of the Nudes, naked humans, many wearing only plastic horns and red scarves, follow the same route taken by the Running of the Bulls, from the Santo Domingo corrals through the town’s streets, ending at the Plaza de Toros. The length of the run is some 800 meters (about half a mile) and the event takes about one hour.

Source:  Wikipedia

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