12 Ridiculous Competitions and Skills (You May Already Be the World's Greatest At)

12 Ridiculous Competitions and Skills (You May Already Be the World's Greatest At)

Ah, the joys of competition. It's a time-honored tradition that has been around since the dawn of civilization, and it's definitely still going strong today. From worm-pulling champions to husband-calling contests, from hands-on-a-hardbody competitions to stone skimming championships, people of all ages and backgrounds have been competing in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways... and we're here to document 13 of those ways, with a mixture of fascination and bemusement.

In this list, we'll take a look at some of the more unusual competitions out there. From the World's Biggest Liar Championship to the Hair Freezing Contest, from the Naki Sumo Baby Crying Contest to the World Nettle Eating Championships, you'll get a glimpse into the strange and wonderful world of bizarre competitive events around the world. So, without further ado, let's take a look at some of the most unique competitions held in places you might have never even known about.

Canal-vaulting: Dutch since 1700s, pole-jumping for the win.

CRACKED CANAL-VAULTING Canal-vaulting is a Dutch sport that has been around since the 1700s, where people use a huge pole to jump over a canal. It's old-school, but it's becoming popular again.

NY Times 

Chill Out: Hair Freezing Contest.

CRACKED HAIR FREEZING CONTEST In Northern Canada, people have the chance to win $2,000 CAD by dunking their heads underwater, then styling their hair into stiff, eye-catching sculptures.

Atlas Obscura 

Tall tales and fibs abound at the World's Biggest Liar Championship.

CRACKED WORLD'S BIGGEST LIAR CHAMPIONSHIP Contestants have five minutes to tell the most creative and convincing lie they can think of.


Crying babies for good luck.

CRACKED AR *m 14 A 18 NAKI SUMO BABY CRYING CONTEST Every year in Tokyo, Japan, people gather at the Sensoji Temple for the Naki Sumo Baby Crying Contest. Adults attempt to make babies cry, in order to protect them from evil spirits, and bring them good luck and health.

Atlas Obscura 

Calling out husbands: a yearly tradition.

CRACKED HUSBAND-CALLING At the lowa State Fair, women compete in a 'Husband Calling' contest, shouting out their husbands' names with lots of energy, and in different styles. Whoever does the best job gets a ribbon.

Scoop / NY Post 

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