This annual event brings together timber enthusiasts from around the world to participate in arguably the strangest log-centric sport. It’s known as “Boom running”. No, it’s not running away from a booming sound.
Participants have to race across several logs tied together floating in the water, referred to as a “boom”, without stumbling.
The rules are straightforward. Drop a few sticks into a stream while standing on the bridge and watch which stick reaches downstream first. If you made the connection between "Winnie the Pooh" and the name of the sport, you were spot on! The game was featured in an early Pooh adventure!
People take this simple stick sport very seriously. There's even the World Poohsticks Championship that's allowed people to showcase their stick racing abilities since 1984!
You'll need a good dose of speed, balance, and a strong spoon grip to play this sport. We're talking about the egg-and-spoon race. Instead of eating the eggs with a spoon, racers will plop and egg on the eating utensil and race to the finish line.
The aim is to not let the egg drop from the spoon. If you do, you'll be egg-ceptionally disappointed!
Robot Camel Racing
Yes, you read that correctly. While the camel remains a camel, it's the jockey that gets the robotic upgrade. In an attempt to avoid the potential physical risks that human jockeys face when racing camels, robotic versions have been introduced into the sport.
The robots are modeled with human-like features and are sometimes dressed in similar materials that jockeys would wear. This is to keep the camels un-spooked and comfortable with their humanoid riders.
The players of this sport do not take themselves too seriously! Dressed in costumes, teams will turn an ordinary shopping cart into an outlandish racing vehicle.
These creative carts are pushed through busy city streets with the aim of getting ahead of the competition. This is also the only sport where bribing the judges is not only accepted but encouraged!