Also referred to as “Greasy Pole”, players in Indonesia climb tall tree trunks to grab one of the prizes placed precariously at the very top.
The problem? The trunk is greased down in oil, which makes climbing far more of a challenge! That’s what makes this sport so interesting to watch.
Shovel racing is the sport where you sit on a snow shovel and race down a snowy slope. On the humble shovel, you can reach speeds of up to 70 miles an hour!
Giving new meaning to the term 'bed-ridden', bed racing has been around since the '60s. Competitors in teams of six race together using wheeled beds, that must be decorated and themed, over an almost 2-mile distance.
What's great about this sport is that when the race is over, competitors have a place to rest right there!
Pillow Fight League
If you thought you were safe from pillow fights since growing out of sleepovers, you're wrong! Pillow fighting has become a legitimate sport. There was even a semi-professional pillow fighting league in Toronto for a while.
More recently it seems that professional pillow fighting is back with a vengeance. The appeal? It has all the intrigue of a physical fight without anyone actually getting badly injured. Win-win!
What do you get when you mix gun powder, metal discs (tejos), and beer? The Colombian sport of tejo!
A tejo board is made up of a metal circle (bocin) surrounded by triangle-shaped containers packed with gunpowder (mecha). Players toss tejos towards the board with the aim of hitting the bocin and a mecha. A tejo hitting a mecha causes a small but exciting explosion, which earns players more points. The game is best-enjoyed with friends over a few beers.