The World’s Weirdest Competitions Are Rooted In Cultural History

Competitions aren’t limited to sports and spelling bees. There are some obscure, strange competitions out there that formed under unusual circumstances. From wife-carrying to extreme ironing, these unusual sports bring people together with a sense of humor and fascination.

Some of these championships have happened for centuries. Others were created jew a few years ago. Regardless, all of these weird tournaments have attracted competitors from around the world. If you can iron your clothes anywhere or charm worms out of the ground, consider competing in these unusual worldwide championships.

Wife Carrying Championships

Contestants compete in the annual North American Wife Carrying Championships
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According to a 19th-century legend, a Finnish thief named Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen lead several bandits to raid villages and carry men’s wives away. This is a possible origin of Eukonkanto, a Finnish sport that involves carrying your wife and racing. Today, the championships occur in North America, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia.

During the race, the wives are carried upside-down with a helmet on for protection. Wives must be at least 18 and weigh at least 108 pounds. If they don’t weigh that much, referees will add a rucksack to them. Another rule stems from the legend: you can’t carry another man’s wife.