November 01, 2006

Dishwashing, ironing, and hashing?: In the weird world of obscure sports, anything is possible.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to other at 05:28 PM - 32 comments

I didn't know about this. It takes all kinds, I 'spose. And the winner is....

posted by Termite at 05:56 PM on November 01

Bog Snorkelling, Gumboot Throwing, Cane Toad Racing, Cow Pat Discus, Barefoot Crab Tying? All of which I have witnessed, and some I have participated in. Although I don't think Hashing is very obscure. It's very popular amongst ex-pats in Asia and other parts of the world. And cross-country running is always best observed by having a few beers afterwards.

posted by owlhouse at 06:23 PM on November 01

What's that other obscure sport where the guys skate around trying to get the puck in a net? (I'm just kidding and know that I'm sooooo dead)

posted by THX-1138 at 07:05 PM on November 01

I love obscure sports! The beauty of them is that many of them are new or are of the kind where the rules were made up as they went. They remind me of the games you make up as kids and those were always much more fun then the organized ones like little league baseball or pee wee football that your parents always pushed you toward. Unorganized sports were always better than ones organized by adults.

posted by commander cody at 09:02 PM on November 01

Calvin and Hobbs was my favorite comic...they were always playing "Calvin ball", in which the rules were made up as they went along.

posted by dviking at 09:08 PM on November 01

Calvin and Hobbs was my favorite comic...they were always playing "Calvin ball", in which the rules were made up as they went along. And neither of them were on steroids or whined about how much they were being paid to play either. Adults screw up sports whenever they play them or try to make the rules on how they should be played. Come to think of it, adults pretty much screw up everything.

posted by commander cody at 10:17 PM on November 01

I've got friends who hash and love it, its drinking disguised as exercise with alot of social fun thrown in.

posted by fenriq at 12:14 AM on November 02

My iron says I'm not supposed to use it under water.

posted by SummersEve at 05:31 AM on November 02

I've never heard of hashing before but it sounds like fun. Wait...what do you mean there is no hashish involved? Nevermind.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:27 AM on November 02

Where I come from, loading the dishwasher means getting my roommate drunk. Thanks, thanks - Be sure to tip your waitress - they work hard, people. I believe I have participated in hashing, though I did not know it at the time. Can you hash for one? Sometimes when I'm drunk, I run. I also fall down, which I believe, technically, makes me a gymnast.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:29 AM on November 02

I'm glad I never won at quarters almost swallowed it a couple times but you just couldn't win at that game I know I had to drive a few drunk friends home after a while usually way before the party even ended hashing sounds like fun but add bongs too it wait I'm too old for bongs I'm not much of a hash smoker aymore anyway

posted by luther70 at 10:58 AM on November 02

Does anyone else feel like they have been smoking hash after reading some of the posts? Or is it just me?

posted by Termite at 11:07 AM on November 02

Hashing sounds very similar to most of the hockey leagues I played in. The hockey only a smidgen more important than the all-but-mandatory drinking session that followed. I found a hashing group near me (interesting description of Hashing). I'm going to have to try it. Perhaps I'll write a column.

posted by SummersEve at 11:32 AM on November 02

Hashing also has a parallel -- not a direct descendent, I'd guess -- in a race that they used to have on St. Patrick's Day in Breckenridge, CO. This was back in the '70s before it became a big glam resort, and the town consisted of a 3x3 grid of streets, only two of which were paved. There were plenty of bars per capita, though, and the goal of the race was to proceed to a number of bars (possibly every bar in town) and have a drink in each one. I never saw it but my brother said there were two serious classes of competitors: drunks, and endurance athletes who could run and puke at the same time.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:06 PM on November 02

Does anyone else feel like they have been smoking hash after reading some of the posts? Or is it just me? If you're talking about the posts that seem to be lacking periods, then it isn't just you.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:16 PM on November 02

I haven't had a period in years (must be man-o-pause), but there seem to be more then a few people here who seem to be in one perpetually. /ducking and running from the room to avoid the gunfire ;-)

posted by commander cody at 03:40 PM on November 02

It was a joke! Don't shoot! Just a joke!

posted by commander cody at 03:43 PM on November 02

It really would be divine justice if every man who ever made a joke about menstruation, had to go through it. Just a light sentence, say only for five years or so. How cool would that be?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:27 PM on November 02

I'd shoot myself.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:03 PM on November 02

I have been through though l_b_b. Every month with three wives through years and years of marriage. lol!

posted by commander cody at 05:07 PM on November 02

Just a joke!!!!!!!!

posted by commander cody at 05:07 PM on November 02

Besides I wasn't necessarily talking about the female members of the group. There are a few guys who fall into it too.

posted by commander cody at 05:08 PM on November 02

I'd be afraid of the bears.

posted by yerfatma at 05:16 PM on November 02

Or the sharks. ;-)

posted by commander cody at 05:17 PM on November 02

I grew up in Middle-of-nowhere, Wisconsin so when boredom set in my friends, family, and I created(as far as I know) a number of very obscure sports: -Snow Tube Football -Trampoline Basketball -Trampoline Kung Fu(you win when your opponent leaves the trampoline) -Midnight Paintball -Lake Golf(winter sport)

posted by tron7 at 06:27 PM on November 02

Menular. You play it with a snowbank, and your dad's car.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:10 PM on November 02

'Menular'? That's an infectious disease*. *At least in Indonesia

posted by owlhouse at 07:39 PM on November 02

Menular. You play it with a snowbank, and your dad's car. Is that where you take dear old dad's car and see how many snowbanks you can jump with it? We played a variation in our country town where we'd fill up the bed of a pick-up truck with large snowballs and drive around town. Every once in a while we stop, throw together a snowman in the middle of the street and take off. Fun fun! Well, when you're really hammered it's fun.

posted by commander cody at 09:21 PM on November 02

We went Skurbing - where you hang on to the bumper of a car after a blanket of snow has been packed down by occassional traffic (usually works best on residential roads after 11 PM) and surf on your snow boots. It's fun AND dangerous. So it's perfect for teenagers. You can get up to 50-60 kph without too much trouble.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:48 AM on November 03

You can get up to 50-60 kph without too much trouble. How fast is that in American?

posted by hawkguy at 08:36 AM on November 03

Is that where you take dear old dad's car and see how many snowbanks you can jump with it? Yeah, but you're not so much trying to jump them as smash them all over the place. Minus points if you get hung up and can't just drive away, big minus points if you get hung up and the guy whose snowbank you've just scattered is still standing there, huge minus points if the snowbank was concealing a mailbox or a fire hydrant.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:43 AM on November 03

Back home a lot of farmers would shove their snow into the roadside ditches in front of their place. So if you didn't pick your snowbank carefully you could find yourself slowing sinking into a ditch hidden under all of the snow. The most embarrassing part is that it's usually the farmer who had to get his tractor out and yank you out. Sometimes for a price. Ah well those were the REAL Norman Rockwell days.

posted by commander cody at 12:29 PM on November 03

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