June 24, 2013

6 Strangest Museums Around the World

When we think of museums we often have a generic image of grandiose institutions containing artifacts from hundreds, thousands and millions of years ago. They are usually a favorite haunt for school trips and tourists excursions providing educational and inspiring insights to our past. Well forget that. Much more interesting are the museums on the fringes of society, catering to the weird and wonderful tastes in life. So ready on and puzzle yourself with six of the oddest attractions on the face of the planet.

Dog Collar Museum, Kent, England:

Yes they have a museum for these. Based in Leeds Castle, Kent, the collection covers canine collars spanning 500 years to the present age. Hardly the most exciting of exhibits, this is one for people with nothing much going on in their lives.

The Museum of Death, San Diego, US:

If you feel like you need more fun in your life, where better to visit than this wonderful building in San Diego. It's the number one place to view real life murder weapons and various displays of body bags and coffins for your viewing pleasure. Make sure you catch the morgue pictures from the Black Dahlia murders. Fun for all the family!

The Iceland Phallological Museum, Iceland:

This one might not be for everyone as it's quite literally full of d*cks! This museum is the only one in the world dedicated to penises from one country. You couldn't make this stuff up. The exhibitions cover all manner of willies ranging from mice and shrew right up to the impressive member of a blue whale. This place is truly unique and it even has a penis shaped entrance sign. What are you waiting for?

Currywurst Museum, Berlin:

On a similar theme to the one above, the Germans have decided to pay homage to their love of the sausage by dedicating a whole museum to it. Focusing mainly on the "Currywurst" variety, visitors are greeted with various sights and smells of all things sausage. There is even the opportunity to mock up behind a sausage stand and feel what it's like to be a sausage seller. Exciting stuff!

Leila's Hair Museum, Missouri:

Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder, up pops this interesting little place in Missouri. Owned by a former hairdresser, this museum is the place where you can observe a variety of things made from hair. Handbags, bracelets and even wreaths have all been given a hair make over. In all there are over 2000 examples of antique art made from human hair. We can't help feeling that the place has a bit of a Norman Bates vibe going on.

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, US:

Finishing off our roundup of strange museums, we have the Mütter Museum. Now this is a place where you are actually encouraged to stop and stare at other humans. These humans are dead though and here you can bask in the delights of corpses that have turned into soap and peruse over two thousand objects removed from the mouths of various different people over the years. You will even have the pleasure of seeing the cancerous growth of President Grover Cleveland as part of the wonderful display before you head out to lunch!

June 20, 2013

8 Animals That Love to Get High

Horses Love The Locoweed!
While horses love licking frogs to get high, they also enjoy locoweed, a type of legume that acts as a mind-altering drug. For equines, locoweed has the same effect that nicotine has on people: It is extremely addictive and can be very harmful to their health, potentially leading to death. During the harsh winter months, locoweed is the only green plant available in pastures. Horses are initially attracted to it because of its taste, but they surely love the extra perks as well!

Capuchin Monkeys And Hallucinogenic Millipedes
Both capuchin monkeys in South America (one of mankind’s closest relatives) and lemurs in Madagascar have learned to get high off insects. Several species of millipedes squirt out a poisonous compound when agitated. Lemurs and monkeys have discovered that not only are they able to ward off parasitic insects by covering themselves in the liquid, but they also get a great narcotic buzz. However, consuming millipede poison does not go without risk. It is filled with cyanide, a compound that is deadly to pretty much everything. Yet for these monkeys, the amazing mind-altering effects seem to outweigh any fear of death. 

Jaguars And Their Hallucinogenic Version Of Catnip
Jaguars are the junkies of the jungle. Looking for a high, these big cats will seek out the roots of the banisteriopsis caapi plant and gnaw on them until they start to hallucinate. Caapi root contains a variety of powerful MAOIs (chemicals akin to those found in antidepressants), which heighten the animal’s senses and make them extremely high. Some scientists believe that humans learned how to use the root by observing jaguars getting high off of them.

Bighorn Sheep Suck Rocks For Lichen
Completely unique to rocks in the remote Canadian Rockies is a fungus-like organism: yellow-green lichen. Despite the fact it contains absolutely no nutritional value and is extremely dangerous to access, bighorn sheep will risk their lives to taste it. Once they reach the lichen, the sheep will rub their teeth down to the gum line to scrape off every last bit of it—and in the process get very high.

Shroomin’ Reindeers
Santa didn't make it to your house last Christmas Eve? Well, it could have been because all his reindeer were high on amanita muscaria mushrooms. Like most wild herbivores, reindeer have a very firm constitution that allows them to eat all manner of nasty plants and fungi without getting sick. Many strains of hallucinogenic mushrooms are toxic to human beings, but not toxic to reindeer. Oddly enough, humans feed the reindeer mushrooms and collect their hallucinogenic urine for later consumption.

Wacky Wallabies
In the summer of 2009, farmers in Tasmania unmasked the culprit behind a batch of crop circles. Aliens? Hardly. The crop-stompin’ was sourced back to something far more logical—stoned marsupials. Wallabies were caught eating opium poppies grown for medicinal purposes, which made them carve out crop circles as they hopped around high as a kite. The country produces half of the world’s legally-grown opium. “They would just come and eat some poppies and they would go away,” said retired Tasmanian poppy farmer Lyndley Chopping, to the Australian Broadcasting Network. “They’d come back again and they would do their circle work in the paddock.”

Hopped Up Hummingbirds
Some hummingbirds feed on the nectar of the datura flower and get quite a buzz from it. The flower is extremely toxic and its strength varies with plant age. A book published in 2009, Pharmacology and Abuse of Cocaine, Amphetamines, Ecstasy, and Related Designer Drugs, found that datura’s combined deliriuma and physical discomfort make it the least-liked psychotic agent for humans—but at least hummingbirds enjoy it.

Pen-Tailed Treeshrew
The pen-tailed treeshrew spends its evenings in Southeast Asia drinking the fermented nectar of Bertram palm trees. With an alcohol content of nearly four percent, the nectar is quite potent. On any given night, the rodent has a 36 percent chance of being drunk by human standards, yet it shows no outward signs of being intoxicated.

10 Unusual Weapons of Ancient Times

Mankind has always been very fascinated with weapons. They always have, and always will, fight wars. Initially, they used weapons to hunt but that soon transformed into killing fellow humans. We evolved and along with us the weapons did as well. Now we have weapons of such destructive power that it is not even easy to imagine. But back when these modern weapons weren't around, war was very different. The weapons of choice was very different, some being plain unusual. Today when we talk about ancient weapons we immediately think swords, spears, bows and axes. But I find interest in weapons that strike me as out of the norm. Listed below are some of the most unusual weapons from ancient times and believe it or not, they were actually used. If you feel like anything is excluded or missing from the list. do write below in comments section.

10. Macuahuitl

The macuahuitl is a weapon shaped like a wooden sword. Its sides are embedded with prismatic blades made from a volcanic glass stone. It was similar to a large wooden club with cuts in the side to hold the sharpened obsidian. It is 3 to 4 feet long, and three inches broad. with a groove along either edge, into which sharp-edged pieces of flint or obsidian were inserted, and firmly fixed with some adhesive compound. Since the macuahuitl lacked a sharp point. it couldn’t be used as a stabbing weapon. however the jagged rows of obsidian gave the weapon a vicious tearing power that could cut deep lacerations in the enemy.

9. Kpinga

The Kpinga was a bladed throwing knife used by the Azande of Nubia. It had three different shaped blades. They were classed as “Court Metal”, being produced under the patronage of the powerful Avongara clan, and distributed only to professional warriors. The knife (also called the Hunga Munga) was up to 22 inches long.

8. Pinuti

A Filipino sword from the Visayas, Philippines. The weapon was originally intended as an agricultural implement. The grip is usually made of guava wood, which is light. The blade itself is approximately 16 to 18 inches long. Pinuti is Cebuano for “whitened”. As a farm implement, it would take on a dark patina due to contact with plant and animal fluids. When farmers sharpened their blades for combat, the blade was polished clean and white.

7. Emeici

A traditional Chinese martial arts weapon. Emeici used for stabbing. They are a pair of metal rods with sharp ends. They are typically mounted on a detachable ring worn on the middle finger, allowing them to spin and be elaborately manipulated. These weapons originated at Mount Emei. They are a piece of equipment used in wu shu to this day. These are used for ‘open palm’ techniques, and are similar to ‘judges pens’.

6. Chu Ko Nu

The Chinese weapon, chu ko nu was basically an ancestor to the automatic rifle. It consisting of a bow mounted on a stock that shoots projectiles, often called bolts or quarrels. It sacrificed range and power for a quick reload time. The wooden case on the top of the crossbow held 10 crossbow bolts which fell into place when the rectangular lever on the back was pulled back after firing a bolt. The chu ko nu used last time in the Sino-Japanese wars of 1894-1895. This allows a higher rate of fire than a normal crossbow. There is a magazine containing a number of bolts on top of the bow, and the mechanism is worked by moving a rectangular lever forward and backward. For more effectiveness, some of the bolts were tipped with poison from the deadly aconite flower, also known as wolfsbane.

5. Scissor

The Scissor was a type of Roman gladiator, meaning “cutter, cleaver, render. This type of gladiator fought using a weapon consisting of a hardened steel tube that encased the gladiator’s entire forearm, with the hand end capped off and a semicircular blade attached to it. A handle inside the tube might have allowed the gladiator to maintain control in the heat of battle. This weapon might have been both deadly and versatile. The gladiator could use his protected arm to block his opponent’s blows and quickly counterattack. The shape of the blade being such that even the slightest touch could cause a serious wound.

4. Katar

Originated in Tamil Nadu India, Katar is a weapon of push knife’s type. It is characterised by its H-shaped horizontal hand grip, which results in the blade of the sword sitting above the user’s knuckles. It is the unique to South Asia. and is the most famous and characteristic of Indian daggers. Ceremonial katar were also used in worship. The katar at first glance has a single blade. however when a trigger on the handle was activated, the blade would split into three. One on the middle and one on each side.

3. Man Catcher

An esoteric type of pole weapon which was used in Europe as late as the 18th century. It consisted of a pole mounted with a two pronged head. Each prong had a spring-loaded door and could pass over a man-sized object and have the ability to keep it trapped. It was used for pulling men off of horseback and pinning them helplessly to the floor. Because of the spikes in the center  restraint was often minimal. This is one of the few examples of non-lethal polearms.

2. Zhua

Incredibly odd-looking Chinese weapon, the zhua’s conspicuous iron “hand” at the end had sharp claw-like nails that would impale flesh, and then tear it off from the body. “This was designed to take away shields. And when that shields out of the way, your face is next.” The Zhua would have been primarily used for ripping and tearing at the enemy, though the sheer weight of the weapon could have also made it a useful bludgeoning tool.

1. Bagh Nakh

Bagh Nakh is a claw-like Indian weapon. The term bagh nakh means tiger’s claw in Hindi. It’s also called tiger claws. It designed to fit over the knuckles or concealed under and against the palm. It consists of four or five curved blades affixed to a crossbar or glove. It is designed to slash through skin and muscle. It is believed to have been inspired by the armature of big cats. Bagh nakh was first developed in India. The first well-known usage of the weapon was by the first Maratha emperor Shivaji. who used a bichawa bagh nakh to defeat the Bijapur general Afzal Khan. After the Direct Action Day riots. the Bengali Hindu girls began to wear a sharp weapon resembling bagh nakh while going to school. in order to defend themselves.

10 Another Bizarre Ice Cream Flavors you won't Believe People Eat

We hope you have enjoyed our last post on this topic 10 bizarre ice cream flavors, now we are here with a fresh list of 10 Another Bizarre Ice Cream Flavors.

1- Horse Meat Ice Cream
This Japanese delicacy is absolutely the epitome of great ice cream flavor. This ice cream is so good that in the great horse meat ice cream shortage of 1900, there is a documented case of the villagers chasing down wild horses and licking them to death. That is how good it is. Called Basashi (Why does every thing eaten raw in Japan has the letters shi in it?) There are little chunks of raw horseflesh in the ice cream that gives it a unique flavor that is second to none, hence, the number one spot on our list.

2- Ox Tongue Ice Cream
Different cultures have different ideas of what ox tongue actually is. In China, for example, ox tongue is simply a dough spiced and baked, rolled out in the shape of a tongue. In North America, ox tongue is actually cow tongue. Judging by the top cover i think the second one is a sure bet. Anyway, if you feel the urge for some delicious ice cream, try it and see for yourself.

3- Garlic Ice Cream
A favorite of the Japanese Vampire hunter, this unique flavor may have been invented by the Italian Explorer, Vanito Helsingino, a direct descendent of the Vampire hunter, Van Helsing. Either that, or someone with really thick glasses grabbed the garlic powder instead of the sprinkles and the taste stuck. Regardless, garlic ice cream can be smelled from as far as three city blocks away so if you like garlic ice cream, just follow your nose. This flavor comes highly recommended as a spaghetti dinner desert. 

4- Pit Viper Ice Cream
The deadliest form of ice cream known to man, Pit Viper Ice Cream tastes great. The danger is in harvesting the fast little suckers and then convincing them to get into the grinder. As a general rule, a pit viper would rather kill you as to look at you. Fortunately, the “pit” in pit viper stands for the unique indent between their eyes that allows the deadly snake to “see” an image of their prey from special sensors that detect body heat and convert in into a clear picture. To catch them, the chef covers his entire body with ice cream, allowing him to sneak up on them. If you believe that, I have a bridge for sale that you might be interested in.

5. Indian Curry Ice Cream
Indian Curry ice cream, not to be mistaken with Hautes Glaces is a very delectable treat made with, among other ingredients, Japans version of the original Indian Curry. To get an idea of what this tastes like without actually eating it, (or smelling it as it is very aromatic, to be kind) Japanese curry is usually used in the brown sauce that is served poured over most Japanese rice dishes. If that does not help, imagine licking a sweaty Indian Sumo Wrestler, which is why this came in at number five.

6- Charcoal Ice Cream
There are two great benefits in charcoal ice cream, which is probably why it makes our top ten ice creams from hell list. (not from hell, from Japan) First, once you have eaten a bowl of this gray colored, icy cold treat, you do not have to worry about indigestion…, ever. Coating your stomach with charcoal ice cream is akin to drinking twelve bottles of Pepto Bismal laced with Elmer’s glue. The second and most useful benefit is if you are cooking out and you run out of fuel, well. There you have it. By the way, two days after you have eaten this delicious and nutritious ice cream, you can recycle it and save a ton on charcoal briquettes.

7-  Squid Gut Ice Cream
Speaking of something that comes from intestines, Squid gut ice cream makes the top ten ice cream from hell list (not from hell, from Japan) It does not take a ninja master to figure out that squid gut ice cream is one of the most delicious of Japanese delicacies that can be found. The secret to this wonderful flavor is in the tiny chunks of squid gut that you can chew up and grind between your teeth to maximize the experience. I learn something new every day, I mean…, who knew squid have intestines?

8- Tuna Fish Ice Cream
Speaking of chopped raw fish, no salad would be complete without a dish of tuna fish ice cream. You have heard the old saying that you can tune a piano but you cannot tune a fish. Well apparently, you can, as long as it is squished up, mixed with cream, and frozen. I might be able to eat one of these if I had some mayo syrup to put on it. Unless all that licking uncovered a tuna fish eyeball. Then I think I would be in trouble. Can you say, tuna fish and puke ice cream?

9- Wasabi Ice Cream
For those of you that think Wasabi is a tribe of pygmies hidden deep in the Congo, guess again. While I would not put it past the Japanese to make an ice cream flavor made of that gooey stuff between elephant’s toes, (slow pygmies) Wasabi is actually a Japanese plant. Its root is used as a spice and is the main ingredient for the horseradish most commonly served with sushi. When you think about it, what could be more refreshing on a hot afternoon in Japan than a nice horseradish ice cream cone? Substitute chopped nuts for chopped raw fish for a complete meal!

10- Collagen Lemon Ice Cream
Collagen is a protein found naturally in the body. It is used by the health and cosmetic industries to help revitalize aging skin. Collagen makes up 25% to 35% of all protein count in mammals. Why anyone would want to use it in ice cream is beyond me. (Could this be why the Japanese look so young?) I would not know whether to lick it or wear it on my face overnight to get that younger look. While I have known a few supermodels I would not mind nibbling on, I do not believe I would be thinking about their collagen. The lemon is a fruit that has more uses than you can shake a cone at. From cleaning products to pie and from cosmetics to insecticides, the lemon is one of the most widely used fruits for purposes other than eating than any other. So how did they solve the problem of lemon juice curdling milk and collagen? The world may never know this Japanese secret.

Google Expert Claims Humans will Upload their Minds to Computers by 2045, Become Immortal

Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil believes that humans will be able to upload their entire brains to computers within the next 32 years - an event known as singularity - and our body parts will be replaced by machines by the turn of the century, making them immortal in a sense.

The conference was created by Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov and featured visionary talks about how the world will look by 2045. Kurzweil said: 'Based on conservative estimates of the amount of computation you need to functionally simulate a human brain, we'll be able to expand the scope of our intelligence a billion-fold.' He referred to Moore's Law that states the power of computing doubles, on average, every two years quoting the developments from genetic sequencing and 3D printing.

June 19, 2013

10 Extremely Weird Food People Eat Around the World

The cultures around the world have each of them their strange type of food that is considered not only to be disgusting but it is also classified as weird, non-eatable, un-appealing etc. What does exactly define such a food? How come a food considered weird in Europe is a gourmet dish in Thailand or Bahamas Islands?
It seems people all over the world grew accustomed with their own traditions in food and anything related to them and that is why certain dishes seem impossible when you think of them. Even if sometimes one is tempted to try such a dish out just for the sake of adventure, the experience is a memorable one and can certainly become a habit.
So…how about digging into the international kitchen and discover the 10 strangest types of food that have ever appeared on a plate.

The Veres is a Hungarian dish with origins somewhere around the 15th century and during that age it was considered a meal of the poor. Originally was prepared from the blood drained from the pig’s cut throat. The blood was boiled until merely cooked and minced like meat, then it was added boiled pig organs also minced and pieces of boiled bacon.
All the ingredients were mixed with salt, pepper, hot paprika and water from the boiled organs and after that the composition was packed inside cleaned pig intestines. After that the Veres was put through boiling water and left to dry in the attic. Now-a-days to the recipe is added boiled rice in order to mild the blood taste. It is served with red wine all over Hungary and in the neighboring countries where it was imported over the years and it is considered a delicacy. I guess it requires …taste.

I would say…no way, but this habit of eating this “rat” like creature comes from the far away China and during the 17th century spread all over the world. Nutria is a rodent which likes the water a lot, a mixture between the water rat and the beaver, and it is a herbivore animal with a very beautiful fir. In the beginning they were raised for their fir but soon during the great famine and the war became a valuable source of meat. It is prepared as stew, boiled with herbs and spices and chopped vegetables such as carrots and onions. In Russia it is served as steak swimming in butter and bathed in white wine.
In France they make soup out of it and in China they prepared almost 40 different dishes among which the weirdest one is that one serving dry nutria meat in thin slices like carpacio.

Criadillas are bull testicles. As everyone knows, from the dawn of times eating manly parts of a slain animal was considered a source of virility. Still consuming such a dish takes a bit of the chart to taste for adventure. It is said they are very tasty but I guess it takes a lot of courage to take on the trial of trying them.
The same name is given to the pig testicles considered to have a stronger taste but a better “flavor”. They are served grilled, boiled and then roasted or baked with garlic, onions or green parsley. They are quite a challenge and the experience is not one to be forgotten easily.

Typical Asian dish, Korean to be more specific, this food became popular all over the US and also in the great cities of Europe where the Korean restaurants became popular.
Initially containing rotted baby worms not reaching maturity, the recipe became more elaborate and started using mainly male worms “harvested” after dieing posterior the female fertilization. The worms are rolled through flour and bread crumbs and fried in palm oil and after that served with a sweet-sour sauce.

The latest trend in Chinese kitchen where anything eatable becomes fair game; this dish is something out of a horror movie. Setting apart the disgusting idea and considering only the presentation of this “phallic gourmet” dish, one’s stomach may turn upside down at the sight of something purple hanging in a Chinese meat store or presented on a lettuce platter at dinner. It is served boiled or fried in oil, or simply dried and sliced thin slice like salami.

Casu Marzu is an Italian cheese made in the island of Sardinia. The strangest part about it is that in order to achieve the right level of fermentation close to decomposition, this cheese is added a species of translucent worms. This is done so the fat level will be broken down. It is an ancient recipe and it is supposed to result a real delicacy which… personally I am not tempted to try.

In Asia, as the food is concerned, the life puts the movie out of business. The innocent sweet little sea horses are considered to be virility source so in spite of the fact that they are endangered species, these little creatures continue to appear as a dish on the menu of the Asian restaurants.
They are boiled in oil and served with mustard sauce. They are said to be sweet but eating them seems quite a crime against nature.

Scottish originated, this dish surpasses every imagination. The stomach of a sheep is emptied and washed, rolled with onions and put to bake in the company of turnips and potatoes.
It is considered a delicacy and became now-a-days a gourmet dish after being centuries ago the Scottish poor sheep herder’s traditional food.

The main dish of the African tribes, Boerewors is made from coarsely minced beef (sometimes combined with minced pork, lamb, or both) and spices (usually toasted coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves and allspice).  Of course when hunger is tormenting one’s stomach, beggars can’t be choosers; but putting it next to other options in African food this dish fails by comparison.

Top of the top in the weirdest foods chart, this odd creation of the human mind recently presented on Discovery, surpasses any other contestant.
Drained from slain king cobras in Thailand it is served as it is or mixed in drinks and is supposed to grant strange virility increasing and magical healing.
It is a creation of “hunting for money” Asian industry and leaving apart that, it must taste disgusting; it is a crime against nature. Since a portion costs around $200-$250 dollars on the black market, soon king cobras will become extinct.

In the end, whether they were born from necessity or from the crazy idea of people looking for thrills, the strangest foods of the world are experiences people tend to take on. Choosing to try one has a lot to do with personal discipline and even more with way the world we live in is seen through our very eyes.

10 Most 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. Nude Sports
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 in the nude. 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.