6 Bizarre Sports You Won't Find at the Olympics

If you thought some of this year's games were weird, just wait: It gets a lot more bizarre beyond the Olympics.

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As the summer Olympics winds down, sports enthusiasts everywhere may need a new hobby. With that in mind, we've uncovered some of the most obscure traditions in "sports"—none of which (we hope) will ever be eligible for inclusion in the Games. If you thought some of this year's events were weird, just wait: It gets a lot more bizarre beyond the Olympics.

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EXTREME IRONING (Pictured above)

The Extreme Ironing Bureau (yes, that's a real thing) describes the sport—in which players must iron in a challenging location or while undertaking another task—as "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt." It may sound odd, but is there any more satisfying way to de-wrinkle one's clothes than while parachuting off a cliff or water-skiing?

Celebrity who should try it: Daniel Craig. No one combines style and adventure quite like James Bond.


Perhaps no sport title more accurately describes the game itself. Born in 17th century England, the competition consists of players facing off head-to-head—or, more accurately, shin-to-shin. The objective is to kick the opposing player in the shins until he or she falls. Thousands of spectators routinely turn out to watch the sport at the Cotswold Olimpicks in England.

Celebrity who should try it: David Beckham. There's no better kicker, after all.


Perhaps more accurately known as cup stacking, this sport involves stacking special cups in a pre-determined fashion as fast as possible. It may sound simple, but try typing "sport stacking" into YouTube. Yes, those clips are in real time.

Celebrity who should try it: Toby Keith. In "Red Solo Cup," he sings about how said cups are "easy to stack." Why not try it competitively, Toby?


The object of worm charming is to draw as many earthworms from the ground as possible, typically by causing the ground to vibrate. While the sport has practical benefits, such as collecting bait for fishing, there's also a competitive element: Worm charmers compete at a number of events, including the World Worm Charming Championships in Cheshire, England.

Celebrity who should try it: George Clooney. He's already a pro at charming women, so worms seem like a logical next step.


Chessboxing is—you guessed it!—a combination of chess and boxing. The two may seem like an odd couple, but the sport has undergone substantial growth since its inception in 2003. Competitors alternate rounds of boxing and chess, and can claim victory by knockout, checkmate, judge's decision, or exceeding the time limit on a move. It's the perfect fusion of wit and violence.

Celebrity who should try it: Christian Bale. Chessboxing requires class and analysis one moment, toughness and violence the next. Sounds a lot like the Caped Crusader.


For the past 400 years, Sumo wrestlers in Japan have participated in this so-called sport, best described as a baby-crying competition. Here's the gist: Two sumo wrestlers stand opposite one another, each holding a baby, and proceed to make the other baby cry first. It may sound a bit cruel, but it's not intentionally malicious: Participants believe that crying is healthy for babies.

Celebrity who should try it: Lady Gaga. She doesn't look like much of a sumo wrestler, but legend has it that one look at her is enough to make any baby weep.

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Stanley Kay

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