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22 Of The World’s Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter

If there is one thing people love to do in life, it is to show everyone else just how great they are. These burly competitors take things to a whole new level. If you are good at something, no matter how odd, you might as well get some much deserved recognition for it right? Take a look at some of the most bizarre competitions from around the world.

1. World Beard and Mustache Championship.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
World Beard and Moustache Championships

With over 15 different categories ranging from all natural to the crazy freestyle, this beard competition has been held in various locations around the US and Europe since 1990. These range from manly as hell, to full on crazy.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
World Beard and Moustache Championships

2. Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
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Competitors chase after a 9 pound wheel of cheese down a steep hill and the first person over the finish line at the bottom wins the cheese. So many people are injured that, in 2005, the races had to be held up a while in order for the ambulances to return from the hospital. Cheese is pretty good, but I’m not sure it is worth an ambulance ride.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

3. Air Guitar Championships.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Air Guitar World Championships

There are competitions held all over the world, but The Annual Air Guitar World Championship Contest is the biggest. It has been held annually since 1996 in Finland. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I suppose.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Air Guitar World Championships

4. Worm Charming Championships.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Worm Charming

Worm charmers get a small plot of soil and try to get the most worms in a set amount of time. The World Worm Charming Championships have been going on in England since 1980. The record for most worms is 567 held by a 10-year-old girl. I wonder if there are worm whisperers.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Worm Charming

5. Wife-Carrying Races.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Wife Carrying
22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Wife Carrying

6. Baby Crying Contest.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
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This 400-year-old contest is held in Tokyo every spring. Student sumo wrestlers try to make their assigned baby cry first by making faces and noises. It is said to bring good health to the baby. Those are going to be some healthy babies.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
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7. Toe Wrestling.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

The World Toe Wrestling Championship is held annually in England at the Bentley Brook Inn. It was started in the 1974 by 4 guys at a local pub…shocking. That is some serious toe business right there.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

8. Lawn Mower Racing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Lawn Mower Racing
22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Lawn Mower Racing

9. Rock-Paper-Scissors.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
World Rock Paper Scissors Association

There are many different competitions held in various countries, and there was even a league sponsored by Bud Light. Even though it seems like winning is random, contestants try to pick up on subtle clues given off by their opponent’s behaviors.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
World Rock Paper Scissors Association

10. Gurning Championship.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Wikipedia

Gurning is making an ugly face, and the world championship is held every year in England during the Crab Fair. Proof there is a competition for everyone out there.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Wikipedia

 11. Cherry Pit Spitting.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Cherry Pit Spitting

For 41 years now the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship has been held at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Michigan. The record distance in competition is 93.5 feet!

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Cherry Pit Spitting

12. Black Pudding Throwing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships are held annually in England on the second Sunday in September. In the competition, you have three attempts at throwing a black pudding wrapped in lady’s tights. You must throw it underhanded and try to knock down as many Yorkshire puddings off of a 20-foot-high platform as you can.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

13. Cockroach Racing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Cockroach Racing

On Australia Day, the main event in cockroach racing is held at the Story Bridge Hotel. Contestants bring their own cockroaches which are released at the center of a tarp and the first one to the edge is the winner.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Cockroach Racing

14. Areca Tree Climbing.

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HuffPost

The Areca Tree Climbing competition is held on Independence Day in Bondowoso, Indonesia. The 30 foot trees are greased and teams climb together to grab the gifts placed at the top.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
HuffPost

15. Bed Racing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

There are bed races all over the world and they require at least one member of the team to ride on the bed. Many are held to raise money for charity. Next year will be the 50th Great Knaresborough Bed Race in England, which is a 2.4-mile-long race. Check out the lady just sitting on the bed in the picture below.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

16. A bee-wearing or bee-bearding competition

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Bee Bearding

Held in China every year. The winner is decided by the most weight of bees. The Guinness World Record holder wore around 87 pounds, which was around 350,000 bees.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Bee Bearding / REUTERS

17. Shovel racing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Shovel Racing

Shovel racing started as a way for ski lift operators to get down the mountain. It can be done on regular or modified shovels and reach speeds of 60 mph. It was even in the first X Games, but was removed due to safety concerns.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Shovel Racing

18. Nailympia

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Nailympia

The “Olympics of nails” has been going on for 10 years now. There are more normal categories like French manicure, but the sculptures of the fantasy category are crazy. I wonder how they do other things with those nails….

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Nailympia

19. Baby Crawling.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

Apparently these competitions happen in a lot of places. The largest one, according to the Guinness Records, was in China with 451 babies competing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

20. Cell Phone Throwing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Mobile Phone Throwing

These competitions are held in many locations with the world championships held in Finland. Many events are sponsored by recycling companies and competitors throw old phones in hopes of winning a new one. The record throw is just over 360 feet. I want to throw my cell phone on a daily basis, I should enter this.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Mobile Phone Throwing

21. Air Sex World Championships.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Air Sex World

If air guitar isn’t wild enough for you, go compete in the Air Sex World Championships. Since 2009, there has been a nationwide tour across the US where they crown regional winners that go on to compete in a final tournament to crown the ultimate victor. I wonder how one becomes a judge for these things.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Air Sex World

22. Ostrich Racing.

22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports
22 Of The World's Most Bizarre Competitions That You Can Actually Enter
Topend Sports

Who knew making ugly faces and having air sex could be a good thing? Just think of all the everyday things that there could be bizarre competitions for. If napping is one, I just might have a trophy in my future.

Written by Chris Stuber

Chris Stuber loves the outdoors and has a huge passion for life, family and friends. He's the happiest guy you'll meet. He lives his life to the fullest and is always on a quest for knowledge. Chris enjoys the little things and has a thirst for adventure. You can usually find him hiking in the mountains, kayaking on a lake or in his garage building something unique.

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