Shin Kicking - originating in the 1600s in Gloucestershire, this sport was practiced in the Costwold “Olimpick” Games. It is played exactly how it sounds - there are two players and each opponent attempts to kick the other’s shins until one collapses. Until the mid 1800s, contestants were allowed to wear steel-toed boots - practicing for the event involved ‘hardening’ your shins with a hammer. When it was revived in the 1950s, shin kicking required soft toed shoes and the players were allowed to stuff hay up the legs of their pants, preventing any serious injuries.
Underwater Hockey - Teams of six compete in this novelty sport. Players free-dive to the bottom of the pool and use small sticks to probe the puck into the opposing team’s net. Penalties can be appointed during the 15 minute rounds and various advantages given to the opposing team - anything from getting a timed 3 metre radius with the puck or a penalty shot. Spectating this sport is difficult and can only efficiently be done by the use of underwater cameras and live streaming broadcasts.
Wife Carrying - This is a Finnish competitive sport in which a man must carry his wife through a small obstacle course - the man who finishes first is the winner. Some of the World Championship rules include:
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To find out your headband size, simply use a tailors tape or a string and measure around your head (From the middle of your forehead around to the nape of the back of your neck) & apply the following sizes below:
19.5" - 21" inches
21" - 23 .5" inches