According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, this is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” Originating in England, it is now a worldwide phenomenon that has taken place underwater, on mountainsides, and while parachuting.
Every year from the top of Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester, England, a round of Double Gloucester Cheese is rolled and a herd of competitors chase it. Although they are theoretically supposed to catch it, the cheese can reach speeds of up to 70 mph, so generally speaking, whoever crosses the finish line first wins the cheese.
Kaninhop (Bunny Jumping)
Underwater Hockey (Octopush)
Dominated by women, this sport has witnessed a resurgence in the past 10 years. It is played by two teams, each of which are skating around a single track. One member of each team is called a “jammer,” and it is their job to lap the players on the other team in order to score points. And yes, injuries are common.
Man vs. Horse
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.
Cardboard Tube Dueling
Pesapallo (Finnish Baseball)
As anybody who has hiked a mountain trail knows, it can be hard with two feet let alone one wheel. Not only this, but unicycles are not equipped with a gear system like mountain bikes, so they require a little bit of extra skill to maneuver. If you’re up to the challenge, however, the sport is rapidly growing in the MidWest.
This is probably one of the more dangerous sports on our list with several deaths and numerous injuries on record over the past 5 years. It’s actually a variant of towed tubing wherein the tube becomes airborne. The danger arises from tubes not specifically designed to be airborne, meaning they are hard to control and the landings can be a little rough.
It’s kind of like tag mixed with dodgeball mixed with a toy helicopter, and it’s sweeping the nation by storm. Well, its actually been confined to college campuses mostly, but still, it’s a valiant attempt on behalf of muggle-kind to step beyond their limitations and do something more with their broomsticks than just sweep the floor.