Now we’ve heard of thumb wrestling, but toe wrestling? We didn’t know that was even a thing! Back in the 70s, a group of drinking buddies in the Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in Staffordshire, England, conjured up this wacky sport, much to the entertainment of their fellow pub-goers. The games soon evolved into an annual World Toe Wrestling Championship.
And it’s actually taken very seriously by competitors and viewers alike. Some noteworthy champions include Lisa “Twinkletoes” Shenton and the legend Alan “Nasty” Nash. One thing is for sure though, the contestants really need to exercise those toes the entire year round in preparation for the main event.
Underwater Music Festival – Florida
There is no denying that Florida has developed a reputation over the years for being the epicenter of weird and wacky festivals. But this one might be the one that people are most aware of. In the waters next to the Florida Keys, snorkelers and scuba divers alike come together for the Underwater Music Festival.
It is here where they can listen to incredible soundscapes while submerged underwater. Swimmers are playing instruments specifically designed for these conditions and singing underneath the surface, among the fish! If you want to feel like you are in a strange rendition of "The Little Mermaid," then make sure to come to the next one!
Night of the Radishes – Mexico
We like radishes as much as the next person. They are a great addition to many salads and we are sure that you can make some pretty tasty dishes with them. But in Oaxaca, Mexico, this root vegetable is treated with a level of gravitas that we didn't even know was possible.
Every December 23rd, just two days before Christmas Day, many locals celebrate the festival known as Noche de Rábanos, known in English as Night of the Radishes. But what exactly does the fiesta entail? Basically, the people involved will take the biggest radishes they can find, and carve into them the following: figures and scenes of popular Mexican people and historical events.
Cheese Rolling Festival – UK
We have a feeling you might have seen this one before. In the small British town of Gloucester, there is a steep hill called Cooper's Hill, in which a large group of crazy participants chase after a wheel of cheese. As it rolls down the hill, bodies start flying all over the place and chaos ensues.
Naturally, a lot of people get injured, but always with a smile on their faces after feeling proud of their heroic, hill-rolling efforts. The festival takes place once a year and there are usually a few rounds, including one just for women. You won't believe it, but people come from all over the globe to try and win that cheese!
Up Helly Aa – Scotland
So there are the Scottish Highlands, and then there are the Shetland Islands. This small archipelago is located right at the northernmost part of Scotland and is quite the achievement if one finds their way up there. Thankfully, there are things to do in this part of the UK.
Most notably, there is the Up Helly Aa festival. In short, it is a huge celebration of Shetland's rich Viking heritage. So it makes sense that attendees will dress up in traditional armor and helmets as they walk through the streets of Lerwick, the islands' capital. The event culminates in an epic burning of a Viking longship.