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Odd Sports R Amazing! shares how some of the most unusual activities ever.
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In 1980, The World Worm Charming Championships began in the little village of Willaston in Northern England. Due to boredom, a group of people decided to compete against each other to see who could conjure worms out of the ground by tapping on the grass. Since then it has grown in popularity with competitors coming from as far as Europe to take part or spectate.
The World Egg Throwing Championships take place in Swaton, England at the end of June each year. It is believed to have originated in 1322 when Swaton’s new abbot encouraged church attendance by giving out eggs. When the nearby river flooded, stopping church attendance, the monks threw the eggs over the river. Over the next 700 years the townspeople took part in the fun.
Back in 1974 the UK did not have many World Champions. So four drinkers at the Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in Wetton, Staffordshire decided to invent a sport that no other country knew about. Thus ensuring Great Britain would have 3 new world champions Mens, Womens and Childrens. This worked well until 1976 when a Canadian won the Men’s championship.
Literally translated as pole bringing-down, Bo -Taoshi is a traditional Japanese game whose history is relatively unknown and somewhat mysterious. It is thought that it was first played by the Japanese military around 1945. Bo-Taoshi has the lure of combat sports with its chaotic, aggressive and speedy pace that keep the fans coming back for more.