The annual Montana testicle festival, Testy Fest

March 31, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

For more than 30 years, cow’s testicles have been the center of celebrations in Montana. During the testicle festival known as Testy Fest, more than 15,000 people join the festivities to eat and appreciate breaded, deep fried and beer marinated cow balls. The cow testicles also goes by the name of Rocky Mountain Oysters. If you plan to join in, you must be 21 years of age! For more info, go to: www.testyfesty.com. Picture: Rob Evans, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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Man creates multi-coloured ants in his backyard

March 28, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific

 

Mohamed Babus wife discovered that ants that had been drinking spilt milk in their backyard, turned white. Mohamed, a scientist from India, was amazed by the phenomenon and decided to do a little research himself. He noticed that the abdomens of the ants were somewhat transparent and thereby causing them to look white as they ate spilt milk.

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Up Helly Aa – the Viking fire festival in Shetland, Scotland

March 25, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

 

Europe’s largest fire festival takes place on Scotland’s Shetland Islands every January. It is held to mark the end of the Yule season (Christmas was once called Yule in Scotland). Thousands of men dress up as Vikings, marching in squads through towns while carrying torches. The procession culminates in the burning of a replica Viking longship. The celebrations are held at more than 10 different locations all over the Shetland Islands.

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Credits: Mike Pennington. Link to picture. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.

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Artist Marco Evaristti paints frozen waterfall in Norway red

March 12, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East

 

Danish provo-artist Marco Evaristti has started a fury in the Norwegian town Hovden. The major of Hovden has threatened to report Marco to the police for destroying the nature. The reason? Marco Evaristti has painted a frozen waterfall with 10 litres of fruit paint mixed with 1000 litres of water. The result is a white snow-landscape with very visible red marks.

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The Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland

March 11, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Funny

 

Every year in the small city of Sonkajärvi in Finland, a special competition has taken place since 1992. It is the World Championships in Wife Carrying. Men compete by racing through a special track with obstacles, all while carrying a female on their back.

Wife carrying competition

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Chinese man married himself

March 10, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Meet 39-year-old Liu Ye from Zhuhai city, China. He’s married to 39-year-old Liu Ye from Zhuhai city, China. Yes, Liu actually married himself back in 2007. In front of more than 100 guests, Liu and a foam cut-out of himself in a bridal dress, said Yes to each other. Or, probably only one of the Liu’s actually said it.

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El Colacho – the baby jumping festival in Spain

March 10, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

 

El Colacho, also known as baby jumping, is a traditional Spanish holiday originating back to 1620. It takes place once a year to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the small town of Castrillo de Murcia. A part of the festivities revolves around the El Colacho, baby jumping. Babies born during the last twelve months are laid on matresses on the ground followed by men dressed as devils jump over them.

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Buzkashi – the polo sport played with a headless goat

March 9, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

 

The national sport in Afghanistan is called Buzkashi. Buzkashi is often compared to polo, in which to teams compete on horseback trying to score goals using their clubs. Buzkashi is very similar as it is a game played on horseback, propelling an object toward a goal. In Buzkashi, the object is not a ball, but instead a headless goat or calf.

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HIV positive man fakes HIV test to get in bed with his girlfriend

March 9, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

Duane Lang from Queens, NY, was in a relationship with a girl. Duanes issue with his girlfriend was that she wouldn’t have unprotected sex with him, until he could provide evidence of not being infected with HIV. Duanes problem was that he was in fact HIV positive. Duane, appararently really keen on having unprotected sex with his girlfriend, decided to fake an HIV test, displaying him as being HIV negative.

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The crazy Cooper’s Hill downhill cheese rolling in Gloucester, England

March 9, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Funny

 

The rules of the race are quite simple. From the top of a hill a round Gloucester cheese is rolled and participants race down the hill to try to catch it. Winner of the race, and the cheese, is the first person to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill.  Although the goal is to actually catch the cheese on its descend, it’s not really possible as the cheese gets a 1 second head start and can reach speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h).

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The Pilobolus dance group makes a human alphabet

March 7, 2013 in Amazing, North America, Pictures

 

6 members of the Pilobolus Dance Theater have created what can only be described as a human alphabet. They twisted their bodies into possible and almost impossible positions, creating the 26 letters of their alpabet. The happening took place over 4 days in photographer John Kane’s studio. According to the dance group, the hardest letters were “R” and “C”. See for yourself. (Pictures via: dailymail.co.uk)

Pilobolus human alphabet a, b, c

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The women only car park in the Wonder Mall in China

March 7, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Funny

 

In the Wonder Mall in Shijiazhuang, China, they’ve built a car park for women only. Each parking space is one meter wider than the average space, making it possible for women to park without damaging neighboring vehicles, as a mall representative explains. The car park for women has also been painted in pink and purple colours, to better fit it’s targeted audience. The question is: is it discriminating against men to not allow them access or provocative against women by insinuating they can’t park the car in normal sized lots? (via: imagechina.com).

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Lucky Diamond Rich – the world’s most tattooed person

March 6, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Having tattoos on 100 % of his body, Lucky Daimond Rich is the most tattooed person in the world, holding the Guinness World Record. Lucky, born by the name of Gregory Paul Mclaren in 1971 in New Zealand, began to read about and became interested in tattoos at a young age. His first tattoo was of a small juggling club on his hip. Lucky then proceeded to have numerous different colourful tattoos of many designs.

Lucky Diamond Rich worlds most tattooed man

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Freetown Christiania – the controversial society of Copenhagen, Denmark

March 5, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

 

Freetown Christiania, or just Christiania as it is called in Denmark, is a special society and neighborhood within the Danish capital of Copenhagen with around 850 inhabitants. Christiania was founded in a squatted military area back in 1971 by a group of people from the surrounding neighborhood. The barracks were no longer used by the military and only protected by a few guards. Residents from the neighborhood decided to break down the fences and take the grounds as playground for their children. Soon after, Christiania was declared open by some of the squatters and quickly a culture comprising of hippies, squatters, collectivism and anarchism grew in the freetown.

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World Dwarf Games 2013 in Michigan

March 4, 2013 in Amazing, North America, Serious stuff

 

You’ve probably heard of the Olympics and the Paralympics. But did you know that dwarfs also compete against other dwarfs in the World Dwarf Games? Just like the Olympics, the dwarf games are held every four years at shifting locations around the world. The last games, in 2009 were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while the coming games in 2013 will be held in August at Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.

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The World Dwarf Games were first held in 1993 in Chicago and has since been held every 4 years. In order to qualify for participation, you need to be a dwarf (of course) and proven yourself in a national dwarf game. In 2013, it is expected that more than 500 athletes from over 25 nations around the world will take part in the games. There are 13 different sports to compete in, ranging from archery over soccer to swimming and volleyball. For more info, go to: www.2013worlddwarfgames.org. Pictures from: www.facebook.com/WorldDwarfGames2013.

The motto of the 2013 Games? “It’s really BIG!” They sure have a sense of humor.

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