As the national sport of Finland it has also gained popularity throughout Northern Europe. Essentially a variation of baseball, the primary difference is the vertical pitching. This makes the ball a lot easier to hit and changes the dynamics of the game somewhat.
The goal of this sport is simple – grab the carcass of a headless goat at full gallop, get it clear of the other players, and pitch it across the goal line. Played all over South Central Asia, it is the national sport of Afghanistan. Respect.
According an official statement by the Cardboard Tube Fighting League (yes, its real) this sport was started based on three principles: people need more ways to play and take themselves less seriously, events can be fun without alcohol, and cardboard sword fighting is fun. The logic is impeccable.
Every June in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells competitors line up to prove they can beat a horse to a finish line that is 22 miles away. Why? Rumor has it that in 1980 the owner of a local pub, Gordon Green, overheard two patrons arguing over whether a man could beat a horse in a marathon. Well, there was only one way to find out.
400 runners,50 horses racing over 22 miles at LLanwrtyd Wells in Wales. Runners have a 15 minute head start then the horses start in pursuit. The route is tortuous, hills, streams, bogs and forestry tracks. At the halfway point, all the horses are vetted and held until their heart rate is below 64bpm. The race can be won and lost at this point. With prize money of 1000 guineas it attracts top runners Read more »
Just as the name implies, its hockey except the puck is on the bottom of a pool. So, as you may have guessed this is certainly a sport where lung capacity plays a significant role. Also, you don’t use a stick but rather a “pusher” which almost resembles a small blade. Read more »
We’re doing three in this post, because the first one came in from a reader via the tipline: Japanese Binocular Soccer. And yes, that will make it the top 26 obscure sports, but let’s not get pedantic.
According to some sources this popular summer camp game originated in Israel. Its played a lot like dodgeball, except it takes place in a wooden octagon and you have to hit players beneath the knees to get them out.