10 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Weird
We offer you the following; to either appreciate how well adjusted you are; or… to perhaps take one of these ten competitions to really push you in a new direction! It seems silly that we have to say this, but the views and objectives of the following competitions do not necessarily reflect the views or objectives of NBC, it’s coaches, clients or suppliers. We after all, just found them… well, weird!
Spam-O-Rama: This competition was held for 31yrs in Texas. It was always held close to April Fool’s Day. The competition included cooking entries with SPAM flavored ice cream, Moo Goo Gai SPAM, guacaSPAMoles, chicken-fried SPAM, SPAMuini, and SPAMalama Ding Dong. Other events throughout the festival included a SPAM carving contest, a SPAM calling contest, the SPAM toss, a SPAM facial, and a tug of war across a pit filled with SPAM jelly.
Supermarket Clerk Championships: The Japanese want to keep improving on their customer service abilities, so the hold a competition to see who the best supermarket clerk is. Each person competing is judged on customer service, technical skill, and speed with bonus points for smiling. Some of these competitors will practice for the entire year to improve their abilities.
Redneck Games: This series of competitions are held Olympic style over one day. The games include the hubcap hurl, bobbin’ for pig’s feet fest, and redneck horseshoes, which are toilet seats. All the proceeds that are collected from these games are giving to local charities.
Air Guitar Championships: Who knew that the one thing that everyone does during some of the best guitar riffs in your favorite songs is actually a competition? Each competitor is scored on a 6.0 score system and there are rules. There are two rounds, each lasting a minute. In round one the person gets to play a selection of their choice. In round two the selection is chosen by a competitor or one of the organizers, so knowing how to improvise is important. Each competitor is judged on technical merit, stage presence, and airness.
Ugliest Dog Competition: This contest happens once a year. It is held in California and televised on the Animal Planet channel. In this competition the contestants enter their dogs to win a thousand dollar prize. The uglier your dog the better chance you have at winning.
Worm Charming Championships: During this competition you have to be able to charm worms out of the ground. Each competitor gets a square plot and has thirty minutes to get as many worms to the surface as possible by using their charming method. Any type of vibrations to encourage the worms to come out of the ground can be used, but you are not allowed to dig them up.
World Beard & Mustache Competition: This competition goes on every two years. The categories that the contestants compete in are full beard, partial beard, and mustache. The toughest category is the natural full beard and a fan and media favorite is the freestyle category.
World Black Pudding Throwing Competition: This competition is to celebrate a rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire. The object is to knock the Lancashire pudding off of the pub wall with the Black Pudding that is being held together by a pair of women’s stockings. You can only throw underhand, so it makes it more difficult to complete the task.
Extreme Ironing World Championships: The Extreme Ironing World Championships started in Leicester, UK in 1997, and is an exciting and dangeous sport where anyone who would like to participate should be ready for ironing a few items of laundry, preferably on a difficult climb of a mountainside, ice or under water.
The World Sauna Championships: The World Sauna Championship takes place in Heinola, Finland every August. This championship was started in 1999. Competitors from over 20 countries take part in the competition at their own risk, and have to sign a form agreeing not to take legal action on the organization. The competitors must sit in a 110° sauna and half a liter of water is added every 30 seconds. They must sit erect with their thighs and buttocks on the seat. They cannot touch any surface with their hands and forearms have to be in an upright position and must stay on their knees. The person who sits longest is the winner.