From Camel Wrestling to Cheese Chasing: Strange Sports on the Rise
This is the part of the story that caught my attention:
Looking for a sport to enjoy with your sweetie? In wife-carrying, husbands do all the hard work while their other halves just enjoy the ride.
“The roots of wife-carrying go back to the early 19th century, but it has been run as an official sporting event in Finland since 1992. The men must run a grueling race [about 273 yards] over obstacles and a water jump with their wives on their back,” Vaszily said.
“It should be noted that a 15-second penalty is incurred should a man drop his wife during the course of the race. But the penalty is probably far worse when he gets home," he added.
As for the grand prize? The wife's weight in beer.
So, what's the best situation to be in? Would you want to be married to a woman like Nicole Richie, where you have a better chance of maneuvering the course and have the speed; but only win about 80 pounds of beer? Or, would you rather have a wife like Rosie O'Donnell, and stumble your way through the course like you're carrying a cow on your back; but, have the chance to win about 300 pounds of beer, if you're lucky?