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Totally Bonkers Guinness World Record Champions

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Have you ever wondered how large a car you could balance on your head, or how far you could squirt milk from your eye, or how fast you could run on all fours? Well some extreme sporting legends around the world have not only thought of such bizarre challenges, but claimed the Guinness world record of achieving the heaviest, farthest or fastest in these weird sports. Here are some of the highlights of the totally bonkers Guinness World Record champions from the wackiest sports that you could never think of.

1. Fastest 100m Hurdles Wearing Swim Fins

Who: Veronica Torr

Where from: New Zealand

How fast: 18.52 seconds

If you’ve ever walked out of the pool or ocean with fins on your feet and had to attempt the waddling, scampering walk-run thing then you’d probably appreciate the incredible difficulty involved in actually forming a resemblance of a real run and being able to actually jump over poles – let alone at speeds nearing 5.4m/s.

 

2. Highest Shallow Dive

Who: Darren Taylor

Where from: USA

How high: 11.2m

Breaking his own previous bonkers guinness world record, Professor Splash as he’s affectionately known, made the brave dive (although belly flop may be a slightly more apt description) from 11.2 m up into a baby pool just 30cm deep.

 

3. Fastest 100m on All Fours

Who: Kenichi Ito

Where from: Japan

How fast: 18.58s

Kenichi Ito apparently discovered his inner West African Patas monkey in order to perfect his running on all fours style. And it seemed to have worked because this monkey enthusiast managed to achieve a time only 9 seconds slower than the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt’s record.

 

4. Farthest Milk Squirting Distance

Who: Ilker Yilmaz

Where from: Turkey

How Far: 279.5cm

Yes this bonkers guinness world record is for the person who squirted milk the farthest…yes, that’s right, from their eye. I’m not entirely sure how the physics of this feat works, but somehow Ilker Yilmaz managed to perfect his technique to squirt that milk a near whopping three metres.

 

5. Heaviest Car Balanced on the Head

Who: John Evans

Where from: Britain

How heavy: 159.6kg

In 1999, 64-year old John from Derbyshire put weightlifters and strongmen to shame when he balanced a mini cooper weighing 159.6kg on his head alone for over 30 seconds. This massive effort was clearly no mean feat as no one else has been able to beat this truly bonkers guinness world record in the last 14 years.

Yabby Racing

Circular Race Arena

If you didn’t spend your childhood playing with yabbies in the creek, it may well come as a shock to learn that they are basically small versions of lobsters. These little whipper snappers’ pincers offer a nasty pinch if you give them half a chance to get hold of you. For the most part, these incredible crustaceans are quite impressive creatures with some amazing colours and the ability to propel themselves through water just like a regular fish. And apparently they also provide exciting entertainment when their speed is put to the test in some good ole’ fashioned  yabby racing.

When it comes to walking on dry land though, things tend to get a little difficult and these fateful little creatures have to struggle their way off a circular mat to help their owners win a prize. For the most part, these yabbies prefer to be in water, so when they are set to race out in the open they tend to scuttle along in any direction they see fit, or they just sit and stay dead still. Not the best bet for your avid Yabby punter of course, but at least it’s good sport none the less.

Ready for Racing

Ready for Racing

The sport of yabby racing is similar to that of Cockroach racing, in that punters place a bid to temporarily own a Yabby for the races. On the big day, there will normally be around 8-10 races where the fastest Yabby from each race get entered into the final round to win the tournament. The prizes for these prestigious yabby racing contests include cash and/or sponsored hampers that get given out to the owner of the winning yabby that make it all the way through to the final round.

In most instances yabby racing has been held for a noble cause to help keep rescue services in place or support a local charity. No matter what the reason for participating in these exciting events, you are always guaranteed a whole lot of fun.

Cockroach Racing Will Never Bug You!

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This strange sport came about from two punters in the Story Bridge Hotel bar. They were having an argument over which suburb had the biggest and fastest cockroaches. As it turns out, they actually held a competition to prove their point and thus cockroach racing was born. Ever since that day, more and more people have been taking interest in this rather unusual sport.

If you have never heard of cockroach racing before, then it may surprise you to know that there are roach races taking place all the way over in Las Vegas. For the most part, there isn’t really any betting involved unless it has been sanctioned by the people hosting the event. Down under, the only thing you need to do is purchase your own cockroach for a modest fee of $5 and enter he/she/it into the race.

Roach Racing Madness

Roach Racing Madness

Contestants are carefully numbered with a marking pen; a relatively difficult task considering the speed and agility of these nimble little insects. During the competition, essentially a bucket full of roaches is upturned in the centre of a circular field and whichever cockroach reaches the the outer line first wins. The winning roach is awarded a sponsored prize and a trophy goes to its owner, with second and third places bringing home a modest cash prize. There is also a steeplechase event in which a garden hose is placed along the field to really put the roaches through their paces.

Australia Day is the premier day for you to experience this cockroach racing, but one thing is for sure – Wherever there’s roach racing, there is bound to be plenty fun and entertainment for all ages. When you are not taking part in the races, you can enjoy a cold beer, live entertainment and a host of good company for family and friends. So even if your roach isn’t the first to cross the finish line first, you are still guaranteed to have an amazing time at what is truly an unforgettable event.

Goanna Pulling at Its Best

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Of all the strangest sports out there, Goanna Pulling has got to be the one of the most interesting. It’s the one sport that actually allows human beings to compete at what can only be bordering on primal, and yet is such a competitive and fun sport to watch (and partake in if you have what it takes).

This particular sport has only been around since the mid 80’s but it appears to have gained some popularity over the passing years.  It involves a tug-of-war contest between two opponents being strapped together by a leather belt that is wrapped around the back of their heads. The two contestants literally have to bustle it out in a neck-and-neck contest, and in order to win, one opponent needs to pull the other over a line or make them lose their balance.

Annual Goanna Pulling Contest

Annual Goanna Pulling Contest

Essentially, it’s a tug-of war between two people and they have to use their heads and necks to pull their opponents. In order to keep things fair, the competition is broken up into weight categories, with light-weights, middleweights, heavyweights and Tyros. Even the ladies are getting in on the action and putting up a fight of their own. The lady’s division is divided into 2 groups of women that either weigh above or below 70 kg’s. The men’s division has men under 63 kg’s for the Tyro’s, 63-82 kg’s for Lightweight, 82-96 kg’s for Middleweight and over 96 kg’s for the heavy weight, so make sure that you have measured up before you decide to compete.

The Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships are held annually in Wooli, NSW. This year’s contest will be held on 6th October so be sure to put this unique event in your calendar now.

If you aren’t there to compete in the contest, you can always stand and watch the competitors, marvelling at the incredible feats of strength and skill. The good news is that you will also find other exciting challenges being held at the same event, so you can catch some wood cutting, wife-carrying and craft market with a variety of different stalls to visit. There are fun things for the kids to do and you can even sit down to a nice lunch for the day. 

Australia’s Position for the First Ashes Test

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It seems a lot has been happening in the Australian cricket scene over the last week or so. And with the Ashes tournament looming just around the corner, there has been much debate on how well the team will perform this year.  The news has been a bit mixed lately: with Mickey Arthur being cut loose for not have enough discipline with the team, then the newly appointed Darren Lehmann already taking control of the team and helping boost confidence and morale as the new coach. He has already made a few changes to a shaky batting order and things are already starting to look up for the Australian side.

Lehmann has big plans for the squad over the next few years and is hoping to make a big difference between now and 2015. One of those changes has been to shift veteran Chris Rogers up the batting order to open alongside Shane Watson at the first Ashes game on 10th July. Watson has been averaging an impressive 43 as an opener and Lehmann is sounding confident that he will handle his role well. Chris Rogers was a tough choice for the new coach, yet Lehmann became more confident after deciding to slot Ed Cowan in after the first wicket falls.

Michael Clarke, was only recently confirmed fit to play for the opening match this season and will lead the team with Brad Haddin as his vice-captain. There continues to be speculation over David Warner’s possible involvement in the test, although at this stage he remains ousted from the team despite the new coach’s high regard for his diligent training ethic. However, it’s important to note that Lehmann may make further changes as we get closer to the opening ball of the series.

According to some of the reports, the English side are not going to be taking their Australian counterparts lightly. Despite all of the big changes for Australia, England are taking no chances with their squad and training hard in the hopes of taking a 3rd win in a row for the Ashes Tournament. Lehmann and the boys will have to put on quite a show if they want to make a good start to the first test match of the series.

Greasy Pole Climbing

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Although the phenomenon of climbing a greasy pole is a well-known saying that refers to advancing one’s position within a company; in this case we mean quite literally climbing a slippery pole that has been covered in grease. A favourite past time in many countries around the world, greasy pole climbing appears as a major event at numerous fairs and festivals.

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Some of these include the Crab Fair in Egremont, UK, the St Pete’s Fiesta in Massachusetts, US, and the final task in Queen’s University’s first year engineering students’ initiation in Canada. It is also a popular and traditional competition in Spain, who call  it cucaña, the Phillipines, where it is Palo-sebo, and the Netherlands, who refer to it as sprietlopen.

In contrast to the current Westernised competitions, Indonesians reach the top of the pole by climbing on top of each other’s shoulders.  The country’s greasy pole climbing competitions are held each year on Ancol Beach, Jakarta, on their independence day on the 17th August. This display of teamwork celebrates the Indonesian’s independence from the Dutch Empire 68 years ago.

Gloucester pole climbing

The world’s largest Greasy Pole Climbing Competition, however, is the St. Pete’s Fiesta in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This competitions features a horizontal, greasy pole (a telephone pole to be exact) levered about 200ft above a body of water. Competitors must walk across the protruding pole to pluck the nailed-in red flag from the end. The pole is just over about 180m in length and is covered in axle grease as well as a whole number of other slippery items such as banana peels or even tobasco sauce. The contest runs over an entire weekend with three days of competition. While the first day is considered a ‘courtesy round’ to allow anyone to have their swing of experience the slippery pole, the final day is a heated contest filled with previous championships and winners from the previous day. Keep a lookout for this year’s Greasy Pole Climbing Competition being held from the 26th-3oth June.

Tuna Toss World Championships

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If you thought the oddest things to be thrown around for sport these days were big balls of heavy metal or sharp pointy sticks, you would be in for a rude (but really an incredibly entertaining) awakening if you visited Port Lincoln in South Australia. For the last 52 years, Port Lincoln has been home to the Tunarama Festival, the main event of which now involves the Tuna Toss World Championships. And yes this competition entails exactly what its name suggests – tossing tuna.

Practiced tuna tossers from all over the world gather each year at the Tuna Toss Championships to show off their strength, power and skill in launching these large fish over incredibly distances. The flashing of the scales as it soars the air and catches the shimmering glint of the sun is a coalescence of incredible human willpower and natural beauty that few things in the world would be able to achieve.

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The origins of the Tuna Tossing Competition lie, naturally, in Port Lincoln’s rich fishing culture and heritage. It was back in the year 1979 when some members of the Tunarama community were looking to spice up their annual festival – they needed a unique and exciting event to make the festival bigger and draw in more crowds. Yet after a few attempts, nothing seemed to stick or be quite what they were looking for. Suddenly, some men noticed the arduous and physical method the fishermen used to load fish from the boats to the trucks. It was an entrenched custom for the local fishers to have to demonstrate they could throw a fish a considerable distance before being accepted to work each day. Back then the reward was simply earning the luxury of a hard-day’s work, and of course a hard-day’s pay. However, the Festival Committee saw potential to turn this skillful task into a heavy duty competition with $3,000 now up for grabs that could be the feature of the Tunarama Festival.

After testing out fish sizes and methods, the festival organisers settled upon using a 20Lb fish with a rope handle attached that competitors could heave into the air. At the first competitions, considerable crowds were drawn to witness the the biggest, burliest men fighting it out to see who they thought would be the strongest man. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the smallest guy there, a simple teacher from the town stepped up to the mark and beat all the other men’s distances by metres. Shocked and emasculated, the other competitors soon learnt that the winner, John Penny, had been an ex-Olympian Hammer Thrower. This set the precedent for the fierce competition that was to follow for the years to come and incited men to train for the event and for competitors from all over the world to come put their refined skills to the test.tuna toss

The current tuna toss record holders for men and women are a whopping 37.23m and 21.25m respectively. The competition is the highlight of the Tunarama Festival which also holds a whole suite of other competitions ranging from boat building to keg rolling to watermelon eating. As well as this, the festival features exquisite local wine and cuisine, fireworks, a gala ball, heaps of entertainment activities, music shows and special guests. Checkout the Tunarama Festival website to book in your tuna toss experience for January 2014.

 

Penny Farthing Championships

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Bike designs have been adapted and improved over many centuries to produce incredibly aerodynamic bicycle designs with sophisticated features that allow man to travel at phenomenal speeds. A penny farthing is not one of those bike designs. This in no way means, however, that Penny Farthing racing doesn’t exist or that it isn’t the product of fierce and serious competition held in our very own backyard that attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. Because it does, and it has.

People on penny farthings

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The Annual Evandale Village Fair in Northern Tasmania plays host each year to the ferocious competition that is the National Penny Farthing Championships. It also includes a range of events to suit a variety of skill and age levels and a heap of entertainment to keep viewers amused throughout the entire day.

History

The penny farthing was the first mass produced bicycle in England and America and the first to be raced seriously in Australia. It was adapted from the ‘Velicopede’ in the 1870s when it became clear that the larger the front wheel, the further the cyclist travels per turn of the pedal. Evandale, located 20km south of Launceston, is by Australian terms, quite an ancient city with rustic Victorian buildings dating back to the 1820s. Its streets thus make the perfect setting for the fair and make the antique bikes blend in seamlessly.

The first penny farthing championships was held in 1983 and since then it has attracted the world’s top enthusiasts, who hail from all over USA, Europe and Asia. The Evandale Village Fair is internationally recognised as the largest annual event on the globe hosting antique bike races. It also holds the current Guiness World Record for the world’s largest penny farthing racing event.penny farthing

Races

The main feature of the day is of course the National Penny Farthing Championship, in which the top eight riders from the heats battle it out over four laps of  the circuit, equating to distance of one mile. On top of this there are also separate competitions for ladies, underage and veterans and then a number of other more novel races. Some of these include: the slowest race, which determines the top tortoise of the competition, a sprint, relay, biathlon, obstacle and Miss ‘n Out comp, in which a rider is eliminated each lap.

Entertainment

If you’re not the most avid penny farthing rider or supporter, there is also a huge range of entertainment at the festival to keep you occupied. With clowns, puppets, stiltwalkers, pony rides, steam engines, face painting, dancers and bands just to name a few, the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships will be a wonderful day out for the whole family.

2014 Event

The fair is being held on the Saturday 23rd February next year and will include all of the exciting races and fantastic forms of entertainments named above. Admission is only $12 for adults and free for under 16s so you’ve got no excuse not to partake in one of the events. Start planning your Tassie trip now.

Compass Cup – Australia’s Only Cow Racing

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Australians are renowned for having vivid imaginations and being able to make do in any situation. So because we don’t have bulls in the country, the Mt Compass Rural Youth group came up with the brilliant idea of riding cows instead. The Compass Cup was founded in 1974 and has been a raging success of a competition and community event ever since. Today, the Compass Cup is an incredibly popular event that attracts thousands of participants and viewers and is the perfect day out for the whole family. More than just cow racing, the Cup has a whole range of unique and entertaining events including plenty of competitions, rides, stalls and much more, all of which celebrate Australia’s unique rural heritage. With events that allow you to throw cow pats, pull tractors, run over hay bales and of course lets not forget ride a cow, there’ll be an event here for everyone.

Compass Cup Cow Racing

The idea of cow racing first entered the imagination of the Mt Compass Rural Youth Adviser after his cow, Bet, ran full pelt towards the milk shed for milking. His proposal to the rest of the group of starting an annual cow racing tournament in their community was met with great enthusiasm and excitement. 40 years on, the Compass Cup is bigger and more popular than ever and is a staple event in the Mt Compass region, held in January each year.

Cow racing involves four persons per team – a jockey and three urgers (people who help the jockey stay on the cow and who help move the cow forward in the right direction). Trained cows must be hobbled (a device that restricts the movement of the animal) and all entrants must be haltered (fitted with a device of rope or leather straps that lead and secure the animal). Other than that, you are not allowed to kick opponents or cows and of course don’t forget the number one rule: swearing at officials is strictly prohibited.

Wobbly Cow Race

WobblyCowsTwo people must drag their fellow teammate who is riding a drum on uneven wheels that’s painted like a cow. The team (with a rider who has remained on the cow the entire time) over the line first wins.

Dune Fling

Yes this event is exactly what it sounds like – throwing poo to see who can throw it the farthest. Unfortunately for all you oldies, this one is only for the juniors.

Milk Loading

Pairs must transfer milk, which is actually just coloured water, from a tank to a drum that’s on the back of the ute at head height without climbing on to the ute. The team with the most milk in the drum at the end is claimed the winner.

Tractor Pull

Forget the old tug of war tournament between two teams of pullers – this comp is battling out man and machine. With both junior and senior events, teams must test their strength against a tractor to see who can tow it a certain distance in the shortest amount of time.

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Another old favourite, with a Compass Cup twist is the individual marathon. After finding a pair of rubber boots that fits, racers must roll a hay bale, load a ute with hay, go under over or through whatever obstacles are on offer and then slide down the infamous wet slippery slide at the end.

Fleurieu Milk Skull Off

The Compass Cup doesn’t want to see you beer skulling or your pie eating abilities – they want to discover how quickly you can drink milk. You must also run between milk stations so only the strong-stomached should participate!

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BMX Bandits

Adults are taken back to the their childhood in this task when they must ride children’s pushbikes across a series of obstacles.

Engine Blow Up

All visitors at the Compass Cup can participate in this event as all it requires is for you to guess how long a motor will last without oil or water, or if it will even start.

Extreme Ironing

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Extreme Ironing (EI) takes a regular, mundane household task and completely turns it on its head by making it a high-risk activity completed in some of the most remote, dangerous or simply absurd locations of the world. And although not undertaken in the most practical of places to, it still irons out the creases in your shirt, but in a much more thrilling way, and usually in a much more incredible environment.  There are no real limitations to this hobby, rather it is only constrained by the realms of a participant’s imagination.

The sport was developed in 1997 in the UK by Phil Shaw. The idea emerged when Shaw, upon coming home from work one afternoon, faced the dilemma of whether to attempt to conquer the huge pile of of ironing sitting in his laundry or opt instead for the very tempting and much more enjoyable alternative of going mountain biking. When he couldn’t decide, Shaw simply took his clothes and ironing gear and ironed on top of the mountain as a compromise. This is a display of multi-tasking at it’s very best. The sport has grown and circulated throughout the whole world to become a raging international craze that is almost making regular ironing obsolete.

As the sport is pretty self-explanatory, here are some of the most ridiculous and dangerous stunts of extreme ironing. Gain some inspiration from where and how other people have done EI and then try and think of an original idea yourself, snap a photo or video of you doing it, post it online and watch as thousands of others marvel at your ingenuity and bravery.

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Extreme Ironing on a Mountain

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Extreme Ironing on Water

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Extreme Ironing on Ice

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Extreme Ironing while doing Gymnastics

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Extreme Ironing while Rock Climbing

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Extreme Ironing on the Road

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Extreme Ironing Underwater

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Extreme Ironing while Hanging

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Extreme Ironing on Wheels

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