Three Legged Skipping Races - Japanese School Sports Day

It's the time of year when schools around the land are holding their annual sports days. Around the country parents are encouraging their children as they compete in a dull selection of games deemed not-too-competitive and unlikely to result in an injury swiftly followed by a law-suit. So it's Egg& Spoon with fake eggs (no Salmonella!), sack race and skipping. It's certainly not the far too dangerous Wheelbarrow Racing or Three Legged Races. It's the time you wish you lived in Japan, where they play Three Legged Hopping Races!

Blow Up Doll White Water Rafting

If you are a man and have ever wanted to take up a new sport that is dangerous, involves water and improves your chances of meeting women then you would probably head for the beach and try your hand at surfing... but if you live in Russia there is an alternative, Blow Up Doll White Water Rafting.
This marvellous sport doesn't really need a description as the name says it all. Buy a blow up doll, find a fast moving river, and then alongside a group of like minded men jump into the water with your doll and race to the finishing line. The video shows this marvellous event in its full glory. What isn't clear though is if there are some positions which are better than others
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Strange Games is indebted to reader Andrew Mortimer for highlighting this sport

Egg Throwing World Championships - 27th June

An eggy e-missive from Andy Dunlop to Strange Games reminds us that the 5th World Egg Throwing Championships is almost upon us.
"Egg Throwing first commenced in Swaton circa 1322, but since the 2005 World Championships inception the sport of egg throwing has grown dramatically and is now being practiced all over the world. The event is hosted by the 16th Swaton Vintage Day." All forms of strange egg activities are held including Russian Egg Roulette. "Ms Opal Upton Brooker of Grantham will instruct presenters how to play Russian Egg Roulette where 5 hard boiled eggs and 1 raw are offered. Each contestant takes it in turn to choose an egg and then smashes it onto their own head. Opal, following years if training, is able (without touching) to detect the raw egg by merely passing her hand over the top of them." But egg roulette is just the start of the mayhem, "Also expected to be featured will be the Static Relay event where a team has to pass eggs one to one along a line in the shortest possible time.Other sports featured at the Egg Championships include the Egg Trebuchet Challenge, The Throw and Catch event and possibly best of all, throwing eggs at a live target:Points are awarded for the area struck. None for face, 1 for arms and legs, 2 for body and 3 for the groin."

For full details see www.eggthrowing.com