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Anyone for bog snorkeling?

Anyone for bog snorkeling?

World Cup this, World Cup that… Kipp is getting sick of hearing about it. We want a world championship where we get to play, too.

June 10, 2010 5:18 by

Kipp doesn’t know if you’ve heard or not, but there’s a big sporting event on this year. From what we gather, the most skilled players from across the world will gather in one place and will face off against one another to determine once and for all who is the best on the planet.

Kipp is talking, of course, about the World Conker Championship. What’s that? You thought we might be talking about the FIFA World Cup in South Africa? Ah yes, there is that little event as well. In fact lately, it seems like that’s all anyone can talk about (and yes, you can include Kipp in that statement).

But let’s be frank: While an awful lot of us will be watching the World Cup in the coming weeks, the odds are pretty high that none of us will be taking part in it. More than pretty high, actually, seeing as the squads have been chosen. And even if they hadn’t, teams tend to go for professional athletes ahead of professional desk monkeys like Kipp, so we can probably rule ourselves out.

What we really need is a world championship we can take part in. Something to get us out from behind this desk, but not stretch us too far – which is where the conkers come in. This year’s world championship, taking place in October in a town in Northamptonshire in the UK, is expected to attract thousands of entrants but guess what – it’s open to anyone. For those who’ve never heard of it, the game involves using the seeds of horse chestnut trees (conkers) on bits of string. Two players take it in turns to hit each other’s conker until one breaks.

Sound a bit odd? How about Rock Paper Scissors? Everyone can play that. And everyone can enter the world championships, taking place in Toronto in November. A long way to go, perhaps, but with $10,000 up for grabs, it could pay off.

For those who may be looking for a more physical challenge, you could go for bog snorkeling. The world championship takes place every August near Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales, and with just 200 entrants or so, Kipp thinks you stand a pretty good chance. You’ll need a snorkel and flippers, and must complete the course – two lengths of a 55 meter pete bog – using just flipper power.

Maybe that’s too much like hard work. What you should do is relax, throw on some music, and work on your air guitar. You just may be ready in time for the World Air Guitar Championship, taking place in August in the city of Oulu, Finland.

If you can’t make one of these world championships, don’t fret – you could always organize some office Olympics to keep up your competitive spirit. Or watch that pesky World Cup.

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