From ferret legging and chess boxing to wife carrying and extreme ironing these are 25 bizarre sports you probably never heard of.
For 11 rounds contestants alternate between chess and boxing. A victory can be due to knockout, checkmate, or judges decision.
Played on horseback throughout various parts of Asia, the goal of this game is to get the carcass of a headless goat across the other team’s goal line.
Also known as bunny jumping, this Swedish sport is basically Equestrian Show Jumping with rabbits.
It’s basically underwater hockey except instead of a stick you use a short blade.
Man vs. Horse
This annual Welsh competition involves contestants racing through an obstacle course against horses.
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If you can imagine a thumb war with your toes then you get the idea.
Invented in Spain, this sport is basically volleyball on a trampoline.
The objective is to complete an obstacle course while carrying your (or someone else’s) wife.
Although it has been criticized by some animal rights groups, camel wrestling is still a major past time in countries like Turkey.
You’d be surprised how seriously some people can take this sport.
Competitors race through a murky bog but they aren’t allowed to use their hands. It’s flippers only.
Played mainly by women, the goal of this sport is basically to lap the players on the other team. Apparently it almost made it to the Olympics recently.
Often played on frozen lakes, this sport started in Switzerland but has since caught on in other parts of the world.
Every year a large group of people chase a piece of cheese down a hill in Gloucester, England.
Allegedly started in Israel, this game is basically dodgeball but you can only hit players beneath the knees.
The name roughly translates to “pole-pulldown” in Japanese. With two teams of 150 people trying to pull down each other’s pole, things can get quite hectic.
Cardboard Tube Dueling
Cardboard tube fighting is a real sport and the Cardboard Tube Fighting League is a real sporting organization.
Although the sportiness level of this “sport” is debatable, purists claim that the difficulties associated with growing a winning beard are worthy of a spot on this list.
Also known as Finnish baseball, its basically American baseball with a cool name and a ball that is pitched vertically instead of horizontally.
As if biking along deadly crevices with two wheels weren’t hard enough…
With several deaths and numerous injuries recorded in the past few years, this sport might be even more dangerous than one-wheeled mountain biking.
Part tag, part dodgeball, the snitch is actually a toy helicopter.
The goal of this sport is to hold two ferrets in your pants for as long as possible. To beat the world record you’ll need to do better than 5 hours.
Whoever concedes first loses. Simple enough.
You’re probably somewhat familiar with this one already due to recent guerilla marketing, but for those of you who don’t know, the goal is to basically iron in the craziest position/place possible.