9 Odd Sporting Events from Around the World

Wife Carrying Championship

During the Wife Carrying Championship, held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland, contestants carry a woman -- it needn't be their wife -- over an 832-foot course with various obstacles en route. Dropping the woman incurs a 15-second penalty, and the first team to reach the finish line receives the grand prize -- the weight of the "wife" in beer! This bizarre event traces its origins to the 19th century when a local gang of bandits commonly stole women from neighboring villages.

Helen Davies, Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen

Related Articles


Taekwondo: The 'Sport' of Mastering Self-Control

Taekwondo: The 'Sport' of Mastering Self-Control

Taekwondo features dramatic, aerial, jumping, spinning kicks, but it's also about building character. HowStuffWorks looks at the sport.