German Snuff Competition and 6 Other Bizarre Contests

PHOTO: These competitors are up to snuff. Punz!
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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words "German" and "snuff"? Oh. No, not any of those websites. So. Ok, what's the second thing? That's right: The 18th Snuff World Championships, held in Germany! "The competition's aim," writes HyperVocal, "is to snuff as much as possible from a five grams snuff package. But there's an art to it." Naturally.

Of course, if watching people cram carcinogenic brown substances into their orifices isn't your bag, there are plenty of other competitions that might better suit your sensibilites.

PHOTO: Gnarly toe war, anyone?
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World Championship Toe Wrestling

Formed in England in the 1970s, the Toe Wrestling World Championship gives those with agile toes an opporunity to show off their strength and cunning. One of the few cases where callouses can give one a competitive advantage. Outside of sex.

PHOTO: Air virgin, obviously.
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Air Sex World Championships

Speaking of sex! The Air Sex World Championships, which obviously started in Austin, is now held in various cities and judged by a panel of SEXPERTS (air high five for a sensual portmanteau), including sex shop owners and adult film stars. Also, local comedians.

PHOTO: Xtreme Ironing! Brought to you by Mountain Dew-flavored Tide.
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Extreme Ironing World Championships

Wikipedia describes extreme ironing (or EI, because brevity is the soul of extreme activities) as "an extreme sport and a performance art." People all around the world do it, for some reason.

PHOTO: In some locales, "pudding tosser" is a term of endearment.
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World Black Pudding Throwing Competition

Inspired by the War of the Roses and/or brats, the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships involves tossing a six-ounce black pudding (a type of sausage made with blood) at a Yorkshire pudding (a muffin-like baked good made from batter) atop a 20-foot tower whilst standing upon a golden grid. Obviously.

PHOTO: The lost art of bra removal.
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Bra Removing Competition

China held a Bra Removing Competition (caps necessary, because this is Important) in Gungzhou City for no apparent reason. The winner was able to undo eights clasps in 21 seconds, which will surely result in some lucrative film opportunities.

PHOTO: My, what an awesome possum.
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Dead Possum Costume Contest

The Uruti School in New Zealand held a fundraiser that involved young children dressing stuffed possums in dazzling gowns and smart little waistcoats. It brought in 6,000 bucks for the school and helped teach its students the ephemeral nature of both life and #fashion.

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