July 14, 2005

Summer Games

A while back I wrote a post about the strange Norwegian winter sport of tree jumping. The winner of the game is the skiier who manages to land highest in a tree and hang on. But Norwegian winter sports don't hold a candle to Finnish summer sports-- a sampling:

Swamp soccer-- world championship this weekend, 6000 participants

Wife-carrying (prizes include the weight of the wife in beer).
Some of the rules:
The track has two dry obstacles and a water obstacle, about one meter deep
The wife to be carried may be your own, the neighbour's or you may have found her farther afield; she must, however, be over 17 years of age
The minimum weight of the wife to be carried is 49 kilos. If it is less than 49 kilos, the wife will be burdened with such a heavy rucksack that the total weight to be carried is 49 kilos.
All the participants must have fun
If a contestant drops his wife that couple will be fined 15 seconds per drop

Mobile phone casting (the winner threw his phone 82.55 meters!)

Sauna

2 Comments:

At August 19, 2005 6:51 PM , Anonymous Andrea said...

When I was in England I saw some shin kicking and cheese rolling competitions that were pretty impressive. They roll the cheese down a steep hill and everyone dives down after it. No one ever catches it.

 
At August 23, 2005 3:32 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Shin kicking! Those people are savages. How does the game work?

 

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