Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The oddest sporting olympiad
The oddest sporting olympiad is the Eskimo Olympics, held every year in Alaska. The eskimos aren't satisfied with anything as dull as sprinting or jumping. They have contests like ear-pulling, fish-cutting, seal-skinning, blubber-eating, knuckle-hopping, blanket-tossing and ear-weightlifting. The winners of some of these contests have lifted 8 kg of lead weights by the ears, eaten a large steak of raw blubber (whale meat) in 15 seconds, skinned a 1.8 m long, 112 kg seal in one minute flat - and one winner was even tossed 12 m high from a blanket!