Obby Oss, Padstow, Cornwall

‘Obby ‘Oss Day, Cornwall

On the first day of May, the hobby horses come out to play in Padstow, Cornwall.

Chess Boxing, London © Sascha Pohflepp

Chess boxing, London

Chess boxing is a hybrid sport which combines boxing with chess in alternating rounds. Historically, it is an art-performance gone wrong.

Hunting for the Earl of Rone, England ©

Hunting of the Earl of Rone, England

A bizarrely brutal tradition that sees a volunteer humiliated, masked, knocked from his mount, shot at and thrown in the sea.


Cheese rolling, England

Concussion. Broken bones. Severe grass burn. No, this isn’t the latest in contact sports – it’s the all dairy, all dangerous annual Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling and wake.

Lawn Mover Races, England - Photo © The British Lawn Mower Racing Association

Lawn mower racing, England

A lawn mower is great for cutting grass, but it’s even better for racing around a dirt track.


Tinku Festival, Bolivia

Does club kicking-out time on a Saturday night send you scuttling for the nearest taxi? Then don’t mess with the Bolivians.

Photo © Karen Blumberg

No Pants Subway Ride, USA

Cast off your troubles – and your clothing – in a celebration of No Pants Day, which is well on its way to becoming an American institution.


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