12 Of The Weirdest Competitions From Around The World

The Battle Of The Oranges

The Battle Of The Oranges

It’s war, only made more awesome and less bloody by replacing guns with buckets of oranges. Held in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, the Battle of the Oranges is a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized teams. It is believed to have originated sometime in the 12th or 13th centuries.

Mud Belly Flopping

Mud Belly Flopping

Not unlike gymnastics, body-type no doubt, has a certain say in how successful you will be in this competition. It is a prestigious discipline of the annual Summer Redneck games, held in East Dublin, Georgia.



Cricket Spitting

Cricket Spitting

Entomologist Tom Turpin, at Purdue University in Indiana, developed this competition for their annual Bug Bowl event. The world record for cricket-spitting is 32 feet and 5 inches (9.766 m) and is held by Dan Capps, from Madison, Wisconsin. What a prestigious position Dan holds…….

Vodka Drinking

Vodka Drinking

This is acompetition where you might imagine that people of certain geographical persuasion might have an upper hand. And you would be right. This is held in Russia. Several people have entered this competition alive and exited dead. In 2003, for example, a Russian died just twenty minutes after he downed three half-litre bottles (over 3 pints in total) of vodka.



Shin Kicking

Shin Kicking

Originating in England in the early 17th century, the event now draws crowds of thousands of spectators. With good reason I would say. It must surely be a test of endurance and pain of the highest order. Some say contestants prepare by hitting their shins with hammers. That’s tough.

Chili Pepper Eating

Chili Pepper Eating

Held in North Carolina, the Annual NC Hot Sauce and Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contest is one of the “competitive eating” events. Each of five round sees the heat factor pushed up a little until contestants drop off in search of a river of milk and cucumber.



World Sauna Championship

World Sauna Championship

Of course it’s held in Finland, and they call it the “World” sauna championship. There’s no way the rest of the world is going to compete with northern Europeans in this competition. It hasn't been held since one of the contestants died in 2010.

Chess Boxing

Chess Boxing

Personally, I find this a perfectly natural progression. I’m actually surprised it didn’t happen earlier. Chess would have to be among the most frustrating thongs on the planet and every time I’ve lost, I’ve suppressed the urge not punch fifty shades of piss out of my opponent. It is particularly popular in Great Britain, India, Germany and Russia.



Tuna Throwing

Tuna Throwing

This is another self-explanatory event. Held each January in Port Lincoln, Australia, the Tunarama Festival is a competition to see how far someone can throw a frozen tuna. Since 2008, they have used fake ones as the tuna population has dwindled (presumably due to other factors).

Headstand Beer Drinking

Headstand Beer Drinking

Exactly what it says on the tin.

Headstand beer drinking it is called and headstand beer drinking is exactly what happens. It’s all part of an annual fun sport event called “Wonder Week” held in Opava, Czech Republic. If this isn’t your thing, you could always try a bit of olive spitting or egg throw and catch.



High Heel Race

High Heel Race

Held in cities across the globe; places such as Sydney, Paris, Moscow and Amsterdam, the High heel race is a running event in which the participants must overcome a distance of 80 meters (around 260 feet) running on high heels that have to be at least 7 cm (2.8 inches)high.

Pig Grunting Championships

Pig Grunting Championships

If ever there was a show of will power, determination and the thrill of competition, it isn’t the imitation of a pig’s grunt. This doesn’t mean you can’t find your scene if that’s what you’re in to though; there are actually several of such competitions. The Pig Grunting World Championship and Agricultural show held annually in Paris are among the most popular ones.