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April 2, 2020

Weird and Wonderful Competitions

Over time, any game can be turned into a competition. Elite sport is considered the pinnacle of competition, with hundreds of disciplines being practiced across the globe – from football to chess, and everything in-between. We’re going to have a little fun and share with you some more obscure competitions, which most people wouldn’t even consider to be an international event but are. Did you know about any of these?

Pea Shooting

Known as the sport for everyone’, pea shooting is a real sporting competition. There’s even a National Pea Shooting Association and, on 11th October 2014, they presented the first U.S. National Pea Shooting Championship. You place a pea in a shooter, point the shooter at the target, blow, and aim to get the pea in the centre of the target – it’s that simple.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

The UK Rock Paper Scissor Championship takes place every year in central London. 250 competitors battle through seven knockout rounds until only one ultimate winner remains. The grand prize is a cool £100, trophy and bottle of champagne – not to mention a bucket load of respect. If you love playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, be sure to sign up for the next event, and take a look at Ladbrokes’ guide to the game in the meantime.

Finger Jousting

Finger poking sports have a long history, but in the summer of 2005 it all came down to one young man being inspired to found an international organization dedicated to the specific sport of finger jousting, the World Finger Jousting Federation. The rules are long and extensive, making sure that everyone plays by their guidelines. The events take place all over the world.

Shin Kicking

Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpicks have been running for over 400 years, and one of the sports included in the time-honoured event is shin kicking, which has been involved from the off in 1612. The rules have been improved since then, making it a lot safer – steel toe caps are banned for one thing.

 Worm Charming

The Worm Charming event was first devised by Mr John Bailey who was the deputy headmaster of Willaston County Primary School in Nantwich, Cheshire. It was designed as a fundraising event, as part of the school fete, in 1980. Competitors compete for a trophy in the shape of a golden rampant worm, which is awarded to the person charming the most worms from their plot in 30 minutes – yes, you heard that right.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to weird and wonderful games that actually stand as sports all over the world. Would you be tempted to take part in any of these unusual games with a real competition atmosphere?

Wackiest Google Streets Photos from the Brazilian Streets

Give a middle finger salute to the camera, you are being watched!

Can’t a man puke in peace or scratch his behind these days? Of course he can’t, because cameras have invaded the whole streets of modern cities. So even if you are on your own balcony arranging the flowers, you can give a hot view to people monitoring the videos.

Surveillance makes some people go out of their mind and want to show their best sides to the camera, by lowering their pants down while others love being in front of the camera while they take their beauty sleep.

If you think that you’re safe taking a bath at the second floor with your windows opened, don’t be so sure. These cameras have no respect for privacy. However, these images can make million other people to laugh their brains out, even if they could be just the next victim.

May solve congestion problems…

Parking airplanes in a skyscraper? Nothing could go wrong there…

I love blasts from the past, especially when they are predicting a future that has already passed.  Are you still with me?  Check out this illustration from a 1925 issue of Popular Science that predicts how cities may look and function in 1950.  I’m not sure how right they were about a 1950 city, but today’s city is pretty darn close to this.  The biggest difference is the below-ground car travel, which hasn’t come to full fruition, but should have given the gridlock often experienced in Manhattan.

The 5 World’s Biggest Prison Riots

Often associated with seizure of control, violence, prison riots are extreme ways in which prison inmates voice their grievances against prison administrators, authorities. Prisoners resort to such manner when they believe that only a defiance or disorder can get their unfair condition noticed by public and government. Some of the riots in the history have made correction practitioners take measures to prevent any such activity from occurring.

Let’s have a look at five of the biggest prison rites:

New Mexico Penitentiary Riot


The New Mexico Penitentiary Riot, which took place on February 2 and February 3, 1980, in the state’s maximum security prison south of Santa Fe, was one of the most violent prison riots in the history of the American correctional system: 33 inmates died and more than 200 inmates were treated for injuries. None of the 12 officers taken hostage were killed, but seven were treated for injuries caused by beatings and rapes.

Ashwell Prison Riot


Hundreds of prisoners went on the rampage in Ashwell Prison at Oakham, Rutland in Britain’s worst jail riot for nearly 20 years. More than 400 inmates broke out of their cells and set fire to jail buildings. Several prisoners smashed their way out into the prison grounds, but none are believed to have escaped. The trouble started when officers found an inmate drunk on hooch – potent alcohol brewed by prisoners – wandering in the grounds.

Attica Correctional Facility Riot


The four-day revolt at the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, in year 1971 is one of the worst riots in past. Ended when hundreds of state police officers storm the complex in a hail of gunfire. Thirty-nine people were killed in the disastrous assault, including 29 prisoners and 10 prison guards and employees held hostage since the outset of the ordeal.

São Paulo prison Riot


One of the deadliest episodes in recent decades took place in 1992 in São Paulo, Brazil, where 111 prisoners were killed as authorities sought to put down an uprising. Human-rights groups accused corrections officers of shooting inmates indiscriminately, even those who had surrendered. A Brazilian police colonel was sentenced to 600 years in prison for using excessive force in retaking the facility; the conviction was later overturned.

Oklahoma State Prison Riot


In July 1973 the Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester erupted into one of the worst prison riots in U.S. history. Crowded conditions that led to the riot had been in place almost since the facility’s construction in 1911. Housing capacity for eleven hundred inmates was surpassed in 1920, and by 1973 the prison population exceeded twenty-two hundred. Gov. David Hall’s refusal to sign parole recommendations for drug offenders and individuals convicted of violent crimes had contributed to prison overcrowding. Ill-qualified and too few correctional officers, violence perpetrated by the “convict bosses,” and other factors also led to prisoners’ discontent.

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