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Top 10 Unusual Sports in The World

You have too much watched, played and heard about Football, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball,Rugby and Cricket. These mainstream sports attracts the most. However, there is more to sports than just hitting a ball. There are many unusual sports in the world that you might not have heard about or discovered. Here is our list of top 10 Unusual Sports. You probably don’t agree, but we choose this list with many unusual sports. Hope you will like it. How many of you have heard or played such kind of sports? Have a read and tell us in comments.

10. Oil wrestling

Oil wrestling is held around the world, though one of the oldest competitions is in Kirkpinar, Edirne Turkey, held in June each year. The wrestling is part of a festival, dating back to 1357 celebrating an Ottoman victory. The contest, known as pehlivan covered in olive oil trying to wrestle the other to the ground – maybe not everyone’s idea of fun. Oil wrestling festivals also take place in northern Greece in the Eastern Macedonia and West Thrace. In recent years, this style of wrestling has also become popular in other countries, particularly the Netherlands and Japan.

9. Poohsticks

Poohsticks is a sport first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It is a simple sport which may be played on any bridge over running water. Each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. The annual World Poohsticks Championships have been held at Day’s Lock on the River Thames in the UK, since 1984.

8. Bed Racing

The sport of Bed Racing has been embraced by the people of the North Yorkshire Town of Knaresborough. The first race in 1965 was only open to Army, Navy and American Marines, but now the competition is open to anyone.The competitors race in teams of five, plus one on the bed. Each team must provide their own bed, decorated in the theme for the year. The bed runs on four wheels, but also need to be able to float. The 3km run race begins and ends at Conyngham Hall. About halfway through the run, the teams face the one-in-five gradient climb to Castle Top before it’s back down the hill and toward the final challenge – crossing a river.

7. Zorbing

Zorbing is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope, but can also be done on a level surface, permitting more rider control. Though much of the publicity about this activity describe it as an extreme sport. I am not sure. It is quite extreme, but there is no competition about it, unless you compete with your friend about whether you will do it or not.

6. Extreme Ironing

Extreme Ironing is an extreme sport and a performance art. People who play this unusual sport go to a remote location and iron clothes! They call themselves ‘ironists’, and get a thrill from taking their ironing board, unplugged iron and some of their wrinkly clothes to some extreme places and photograph themselves doing it. Such places that they have reached include extreme altitude, underwater, hanging from cliffs, and on top of vehicles. According to the official website, extreme ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”

5. Wife Carrying Competition

Wife carrying is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. It is held annually in Finland in early July, and requires a man to negotiate a 253.5 m course while carrying their wife on their back. The course includes various surfaces and getting through dry land and water based obstacles. The prize to the winner is a mobile phone, and more importantly they also win their wife’s weight in beer.

4. World Gurning Contest

A competition where the ugliest face wins. Gurning is apparently a word for pulling a face, and you probably are not surprised to know that there is a World Gurning Contest. Gurning competitions are originated in 1297 at the Egremont Crab Fair, in the UK. It makes sense then that as part of ‘Crab Fair’ in this part of the world they hold face pulling competitions to see who can make the ugliest face.

3. Chess boxing

Chess boxing is a hybrid sport that combines chess with boxing in alternating rounds. The sport was invented by French artist and filmmaker Enki Bilal in his comic book Froid Équateur in 1992. The first real event of chess-boxing was organized by Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh in 2003. Chess boxing is a fast growing sport. The sport alternates between games of boxing and chess after each round – waiting for a checkmate or knockout to decide the match. A Chess Boxing match between two individuals lasts up to eleven rounds, starting with a four minute chess round and followed by two minutes of boxing.

2. Bossaball

Bossaball is spectacular new and unusual sport invented in Spain by Filip Eyckmans who developed the concept 2004. It is similar to volleyball, but also includes elements of football, gymnastics and capoeira. The game played on a specially designed inflatable court with a circular trampoline on each side of a net. It is a ball game between two teams, each consisting of 3 to 5 players.

1. Sports with no cloths

There is a lot of interest in people playing sport with no clothes on. Taking off your clothes to play some sports is not recommended, and watching it being played by some people may not be a good idea either. It is a social custom in most parts of the world for athletes to wear some clothing. Today, the main exception is in naturist-organised events, and some other events, such as the World Naked Bike Ride, in which people take part without cloths. There are also some cultures in the tropics today in which sports are played in the nude or partially nude. Some of most popular events in naked sport are the “international Alps Adria Meeting”, “International Nudist Swimming Gala” , “International Naturist Sports Week” , “Roskilde Festival” etc.

10 Most Popular Sports

Sport or sports is basically any form of competitive physical activity that is either organized or casual. Many different kinds of sports exist in this world with several hundred participants from all around the globe. The largest competition of sporting events takes place in the Olympics. Sports are usually governed by a set of rules which ensure fair play. I am sure a lot of you are into sporting activities and this particular list is just for all you guys out there. I happen to be a huge fan of tennis and football. Unfortunately cricket dropped out of my favorite sports a while ago. Anyway, you guys can let us know if your favorite sport is included in this list or not. Enjoy the read!

10. BASKETBALL
300-400 million people watch basketball every year.

The objective of this particular sport is to shoot a ball through a hoop at either end of the field. It is governed by a set of rules and usually two teams play this game on a market rectangular field. The highest governing body of Basketball is FIBA. The first time basketball was ever played was in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States in 1891. There are around 10 to 20 players on each side with five of them paying at any given time. It is usually played indoors.

9. AMERICAN FOOTBALL
350-450 million people watch football every year.

In the United States this sport is known as football but of course to other countries, football is an entirely different sport. It is played between two teams with eleven players on each side and the objective is to bring the ball to the other team’s end zone either by running along with it or throwing it to a teammate. The first game of American Football took place on the 6th November in 1869 and it was played between Rutgers and Princeton.

8. GOLF
400-500 million people watch golf every year.

I am sorry but this in my opinion is the most boring sport ever. It involves precision and a lot of patience. The objective is to get the ball to the hole across a long area. Many different types of clubs are used to hit the ball and you have to do with minimum possible strokes. The highest governing body of golf is R&A and USGA. It was first played in Scotland during the fifteenth century. There are no teams in these sport, just a single man for himself. Golf is an outdoor sporting event.

7. BASEBALL
400-500 million people watch baseball every year.

This is a sport that involves the use of a bad and a ball. Baseball is played between two teams with nine players on each side on a ninety-foot diamond like pitch. The first game was played in the mid eighteenth century and the first recorded game happened on the 19th June of 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey. I have never actually seen this sport but apparently it is a big deal in many countries. If you change a lot of rules it is almost like cricket so my liking for this sport is at a minimal too.

6. TABLE TENNIS
900 million people watch Table Tennis every year.

The highest governing body when it comes to table tennis is ITTF. The game is played with one or two players at the same time on either side. Table Tennis is also known as Ping Pong. All you need to do is get the ping pong ball to the other end of the table using your miniature sized racket. But you should know that as easy as it sounds it is not even close. The game is very fast faced and you need a lot of precision and the hand and eye coordination is supposed to be top notch.

5. VOLLEYBALL
1 billion people watch volleyball every year.

The game is played between two teams on a rectangular field with a net in the middle. A team is allowed to have six players on the field to play. The objective is to get the other team to drop the ball. It sounds relatively simple. The game has been a part of Summer Olympics since the year 1964. It can be played indoors, outdoors and on the beach. The first game ever played was in 1895 that happened in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States. The highest governing body is FIVB.

4. TENNIS
1 billion people watch tennis every year.

This happens to be my favorite game by far. It is usually played between two players but you can also play a double just like in table tennis. You are provided with a tennis racket and the objective is to make the opponent miss the ball. The game requires a lot of stamina and it is very fast-paced. The highest governing body when it comes to Tennis is International Tennis Federation. The first game played was somewhere between 1859 and 1865 in Birmingham, England. Tennis can be played indoors and outdoors.

3. FIELD HOCKEY
2 billion people watch field hockey every year.

The game is also known is hockey and it played between two teams with eleven players on each side. You are given a hockey stick and you have to guide the ball to the opponent’s goal and avoid that from happening to your own team. The first game ever played was somewhere in the nineteenth century. The rules are pretty much like football or soccer if you may especially so when it comes to penalties. The highest governing body is International Hockey Federation and it’s played outdoors only on a rectangular field.

2. CRICKET
3 billion people watch cricket every year.

This particular sport is played between two teams with eleven players on each side. You are given a bat, and you have to hit a ball in order to score. There’s three different types of cricket games; one-day, test match and T20. I will not get into their details but if you are a fan you must already know. The highest governing body is International Cricket Council and the modern day cricket was first played somewhere in the sixteenth century. It is played in an outdoor cricket field.

1. FOOTBALL
3.5 billion people watch football/soccer every year.

This happens to be my second favorite sport in the entire world. It is played between two teams with eleven players on each end. You have to score by hitting the football through the opponent’s goal. The highest governing body is FIFA and the first game ever played was somewhere in the mid nineteenth century in Great Britain. It is played on a football field in an outdoor stadium.

Mike Tyson Bites Off Evander Holyfield’s Ear During Match

On June 28th, 1997, the stage was set for Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield to fight for the second time in less than eight months.

The first fight between them ended up being one of the biggest upsetsin boxing history. Holyfield, who had lost two of his previous four fights (one of which resulted in the first knockout loss of his career) heading into the matchup, dominated Tyson in 11 rounds to walk away with the WBA heavyweight title. Holyfield carried that momentum into the beginning of their second fight, billed as “The Sound and The Fury,” by getting the better of Tyson in the opening two rounds. It was what happened in the middle of the third round, however, that has since become known as one of the most shocking incidents in sports.

After getting headbutted by Holyfield – unintentionally, in the eyes of referee Mills Lane – and receiving a cut above his right eye, Tyson retaliated by biting Holyfield’s right ear. Tyson wasn’t immediately disqualified for his actions, but Mills deducted two points from Tyson. When Tyson bit Holyfield’s other ear at the end of the round, Mills decided to finally step in and end the record-breaking fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“He butted me in the second round, and he looked at me and butted me again,” Tyson said. “No one deducted points. This is my career. What am I supposed to do? I’ve got children to raise. He kept butting me.”

Holyfield was worried at the time that his ear had fallen off entirely. According to The New York Times, it took 90 minutes of surgery and eight stitches to close his ear. He showed Fox 5 NY in 2015 that there is still a piece of his ear missing, although he feels no absolutely no pain.

“I thought my ear had fallen off,” Holyfield said. “Look at the bite. I’m missing part of my ear. I just couldn’t believe it — they have rules and regulations for this.”

There certainly are rules and regulations in place to prevent those sorts of things from happening. In addition to being disqualified from the fight, Tyson had his boxing license suspended and was eventually fined $3 million, which ended up being 10 percent of the $30 million he made on the night. He faced the possibility of a lifetime ban from the sport, but Tyson’s boxing license was restored 15 months later. He fought 10 more times in his career, with five matches ending in a victory, three ending in a loss and two ending in a no contest.

Tyson has since apologized to Holyfield for what he did. While on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, Tyson told Holyfield that it was “a pleasure” being acquainted with him and Holyfield responded with forgiveness. If there was any doubt that the two had buried the hatchet, they also recently starred in a humorous Footlockercommercial centered around Tyson giving Holyfield the missing piece of his ear back. Tyson even said in 2013 that he loves Holyfield and that he’s “forever linked with him for the rest of my life.”

Tour de France Cyclist Shows Off Hideous Veiny Legs From Grueling Race

The Tour de France is a grueling race to say the least. This year’s edition features 198 riders taking on a 21-stage route totaling 3,540 kilometers (or 2,200 miles) over 21 days. According to CNN, that includes 23 mountain climbs with only two days of rest for the competitors over the three weeks they’re on the move.

If that doesn’t quite put into perspective how physically demanding the race is, though, Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski shared a picture on Instagram on Tuesday of the toll the opening 18 days of competition has taken on his legs. Not only were both of them badly sunburned – it’s hovering around a high of 80 degrees in France right now – the way the veins in his legs were bulging made many on the internet pretty concerned about his wellbeing.

“After sixteen stages I think my legs look little tired,” Poljanski wrote.

As Dr. Bradley Launikonis from the University of Queensland in Australia explained to ABC, elite cyclists will have as much as 40 liters of blood flowing their muscles every minute they’re exercising. For the untrained athlete, Launikonis explained, that number would likely be around 20 liters of blood per minute. Seeing as the cyclist’s blood is pushed around their legs for long periods of time throughout the day, it’s no wonder why high volumes of blood are still present in their legs when they’re rested.

It’s not necessarily unhealthy, either. Head of trainer education at Third Space Luke Worthington told HuffPost that the bulging veins in his legs are “just an indication of how lean Poljanski is and also how much blood has been pumped to the working muscles.” “

Most lean athletes will appear to be this vascular,” Worthington continued. “It’s made to look more excessive by the amount of muscle mass he carries in his quads.”

Does that make it any less gross? Of course not. But at least we now know there’s no reason to be concerned about Poljanski’s health, which means we can go back to appreciating how difficult it must be to get in good enough shape to compete in the Tour de France.