The Weirdest Sporting Events

How oddballs compete, from pole-sitting to goat polo
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2008 2:00 PM CDT
US chess boxer David Depto, right, moves a piece with his taped hand during a chess boxing world championship in Berlin, Germany, November 15, 2007. Chess boxing combines the sports of chess and boxing...   (AP Photo, file)
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(Newser) – If curling strikes you as a strange sport, you've obviously never heard of wife carrying or bottle kicking. The London Times explores the weirdest pastimes from across the globe:

  1. Wife-carrying, Maine, USA: Wives hang on for dear life as husbands tote them through an obstacle course, upside-down. Winners receive the wife's weight in beer.

  1. Vertical Marathon, Bangkok: Masochists race up the stairs of a 61-floor hotel, then recharge with cocktails on the roof. The record to beat? Six minutes, 16 seconds.
  2. Goat polo, Kyrgyzstan: Polo ponies, yes; polo ball, no. Try a beheaded goat carcass.
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