xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Nov 25 02:42 AM
Nov 25, 2009: Toe Wrestling
Playing serious footsies, World Championship Toe Wrestling.
Gasp, gasp, gimme a minute... whew, that just took my breath away.
Alan 'Nasty' Nash strides confidently across the stage dressed all in black, snarling at spectators before taking up position on the 'tedium' opposite his equally intimidating challenger.
Once their big toes are firmly locked together, the referee yells 'toes away' and the battle begins, the two men's faces contorting with concentration as the crowd cheers and boos in response to each foot movement.
After more than 20 minutes of digit dueling, Nash triumphs – his powerful toes forcing his opponent off the toe rack and the audience erupts in applause as the referee shouts 'toe down'.
The excitement, the drama, the thrill of victory and the agony of de feet.
Well that didn't work as planned.
The sport of toe wrestling began in the mid 1970s when a group of walkers at the Royal Oak Inn in Wetton set about finding a game the British could actually win. After a few more pints, the World Toe Wrestling Championships were born – but the inaugural event was promptly won by a visiting Canadian, which saw the competition shelved for two decades.
I like the way you think.
And size doesn't matter. 'I don't think the size of your toe has anything to do with it as I have short, stumpy toes. It's more to do with technique.'
ajaccio Wednesday Nov 25 10:14 AM
What I find especially funny here is that, with the exception of a few adult males in the background, it's all a lot of little girls cheering and getting all charged up over this toe-match!
Trilby Wednesday Nov 25 11:13 AM
Little girls need heroes, too.
Trilby Wednesday Nov 25 11:14 AM
Little girls need heroes, too
Tawny Wednesday Nov 25 04:58 PM
Next thing you know, it'll be an Olympic event.
treehugger Wednesday Nov 25 05:26 PM
i think its stupid
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Nov 25 10:42 PM
But you think everything is stupid.
SPUCK Thursday Nov 26 06:54 AM
I think you need to sober up a little before your hit the ol' keyboard....
Sundae Thursday Nov 26 07:38 AM
Bizarre pub games, foreigners not invited?
Yup, sounds like the Britain I know and love
monster Thursday Nov 26 10:25 AM
(Plantar warts to the 'merkins)
Gravdigr Friday Nov 27 02:30 AM
spudcon Friday Nov 27 10:33 AM
Any recipes for toe cheese?
Cloud Friday Nov 27 10:40 AM
finding a game the British could actually win.
Sundae Sunday Dec 6 11:09 AM
Two World Wars and two World Cups, baby, nothing to be sneezed at.
Oh sorry, one World Cup so far.
Just that we'll knock you out of the next one next June :p
Although seriously, I expect England and the US to go through from our round.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 6 11:27 AM
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl
Two World Wars...
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends...
Sundae Sunday Dec 6 11:28 AM
But where were you when some of the crowd were on the pitch... They think it's all over... it is now!
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 6 11:30 AM
Oh, pitch pitch pitch. :p
Sundae Sunday Dec 6 11:31 AM
I told you, I'm itching for June next year!
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 6 11:52 AM
Oh... scratch scratch scratch, then.
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