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Unique Competitions, Extraordinary Events and other Amazing Adventures. We always say the weirder the better, and we share stories of champions and organizers from some of the world’s most obscure events. From Bar Stool Ski Racing to Competitive Air Guitar to the search for the World’s Ugliest Dog - we aim to get listeners to add to their bucket lists and actively start seeking the odd and unusual in life.

Episodes

October 8, 2019

Cosplay Medics - Episode 47

During our coverage of Dragon Con 2019 we discovered a subculture - within the subculture of Dragon Con.  People that spend their time at the Con helping others in need.  They are Cosplay Medics and they're the hero's HEROES. 

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September 24, 2019

Wheelbarrows - Episode 46

Sure they're great for hauling things - but did you know that you can race 'em and use 'em for crazy tricks?  Well you can.  And it is awesome. 

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September 10, 2019

Outhouse Races - Episode 45

Potty humor encouraged - It's the World Championship Outhouse Races!

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We're off to DragonCon and we will bring you stories in the coming weeks of all the craziness that we get to see this year.  To hold you over, here's a compilation of DragonCon related episodes from 2018.  Enjoy, and if you see us at the Con, say HI! 

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August 27, 2019

Aquaplaning - Episode 44

Before there were water skis, this is how the kids got their kicks.

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August 20, 2019

Dog Surfing - Episode 43

I bet these dogs surf better than you.

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Going for the gold at the US Air Guitar Championship!

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We’re big fans of The Ocho and if you like us, we assume you are too. So we got you a treat!

 

 

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Want a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts? No problem. But there is one catch…

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Skip stones, win fudge. Sounds like fun, right? Right.

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Extreme Bird Watching is for real, and The World Series of Birding is the largest and most prestigious birding competition around. 

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Cheese Rolling! The crazy thing with the cheese wheel flying down the hill with a bunch of crazy people chasing it.  That one.

 

 

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Every July 4th America celebrates it’s independence. Sometimes it gets weird.

 

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Kim travels the the magical, mystical, mind-bending world of MEOW WOLF!

 

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We all know someone with that spectacular laugh. The one that makes you crack up just hearing it, or the one that helps you find your friend in a crowd. Welcome to the World’s Best Laugh Competition- put on by yours truly, RoShamBo!

 

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Let's hit the streets with some of our favorite people- The Krewe of Optical Delusions takes us parading! 

 

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Ted went back to Scotland for the 2019 World Stone Skimming Championships. Along the way there, there was adventure to be had.

 

 

 

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This episode has it all: bar stools, ski slopes and bad ideas.

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Golden Eagles, Stick Wrestling ,Gilgamesh, goats, and possibly minotaurs. This is the World Nomad Games!

 

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Using the wrong tool for the right job can be a lot of fun. Exhibit A: This (mostly) off-road race for non-off-road cars. Perfection.

 

 

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Sport Stacking-AKA Cup Stacking-combines speed, dexterity and well, a lot more speed! 

 

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April 30, 2019

Tiddlywinks - Episode 27

Remember the game tiddlywinks you played as a kid? There’s way more to it than you ever imagined. It’s not just child play!

 

 

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Want to get naked and run around with other naked people and do other sporty things naked? We thought so.

 

 

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April 16, 2019

Log Riding - Episode 25

The Official name is “Suwa Taisha Shikinen Zouei Onbashira Taisai“ or Onbashira but we called it Log Riding because that is the part you want to know about!

 

 

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Do you like all things Tiki? Do you like bartenders? THIS IS THE THING FOR YOU! The Iron Tikitender is the quest to find the world’s best tiki bartender.

 

 

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Crying babies being held by Sumo wrestlers! What more could you want?

 

 

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March 26, 2019

Sandboarding - Episode 22

UFOs, Alligators and Sandboarding. Where do you think we went?

 

 

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Ted hung out with World Champ Adrian and does a terrible job Gurning!

 

 

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It’s more than Puppets. It’s Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge LIVE at Dragon Con 2018!

 

 

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Wormcharming, a small food competition and 2-legged horses! Confused? You won’t be.

 

 

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January 29, 2019

The Chiditarod - Episode 018

“The CHIditarod is a race like none other. It’s a food drive, a race for charity, a beauty pageant, a bar crawl, spontaneous street theater, and not for the faint of heart. It’s fast, furious, cold, creative, exciting, and very, very fun.”

 

 

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Dogs are magical, special creatures. It’s hard to believe that there are any truly ugly dogs, but these guys and gals push the bound of conventional beauty!

 

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On December 23rd 2009 George Trosset called up his son and said “ I need you and your wife to be at the beach house tomorrow morning, in Elf outfits… I’m gonna be Santa and your gonna be Elves, and we’re going SURFING.”

 

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Making gingerbread houses for the holidays is a tradition. At the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club in Atlanta, they took that tradition and added some southern charm and is now the Gingerbread Trailer Park Contest.

 

 

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Ho ho ho-boy is this the most magical time of the year? Yes. Yes it is. And if one Santa is good, a bunch of Santas doing Santa things is gooder, right?

 

 

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What is mountainboarding, exactly? Well it’s a gravity based sport that allows you to ride a board with air tires, over almost any terrain. Grass, dirt, gravel, cobblestones, skateparks - all good. Snow, not so good.

 

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November 20, 2018

Robot Battles! - Episode 014

It's the year 2018 and robots are still controlled by humans. The humans make them fight. They consider the carnage and destruction of the robots entertainment. The humans call it Robot Battles and it happens every year at DragonCon.

 

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Puns. Some love them. Some hate them. We definitely love them as you would know if you listened to any of our shows. And we are not alone! Each year punsters gather in Austin, Texas for the wordy cause known as the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship.

 

 

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Sign Spinning, like many great pursuits, began as a way to relieve boredom. One guy with a sign decided he’d start flipping it around. Soon another saw it and started doing it too. And as it goes, competition broke out and a sport was born.

 

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The sport of bearding and mustaching is, at it’s essence, presenting the most magnificent example of facial hair as it fits in one of 17 or so categories. The World Beard and Mustache Championships have been held every two years since the early 2000’s and has been hosted all over Europe as well as in the United States.

 

 

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September 25, 2018

Sneak Peek : Season 2

RoShamBo Season 2 is starting on October 9th.  Here's a sneak peek of what's to come! 

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DragonCon takes place in Atlanta every Labor Day weekend - it's a costume lover's dream so of couse Ted and Kim had to check it out.

 

 

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For 18 years Bo Schaffer lugged blocks of ice up the hills of Nederland Colorado to ensure their most famous resident stayed frozen. 

 

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Stone Skipping, or Stone Skimming as they say in Scotland, is another hobby we probably all grew up doing. All you need is a body of water and a flat stone and you can make that sucker fly.

In the States we generally try to see how many skips we can make the stone do.  In Scotland, it's a distance game.  To that end, the World Stone Skimming Championships are held every September on beautiful Easdale Island.

 

 

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We all grew up thumb wrestling, right?  Did you ever consider wrestling with your second strongest digit - the big toe? Yes!  It’s a thing! And on this episode we cover both these amazing competitions.

 

 

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If you’ve ever longed to go for a run with your wife on your shoulders but thought better of it, we have JUST the event for you!  The North American Wife Carrying Championship goes down every fall at Sunday River in Maine.

 

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Welcome to our Christmas in July spectacular featuring the National Gingerbread House Competition!  If you’re looking for a sweet summer treat, this episode really takes the cake.

 

 

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The 24 Hours of Lemons is an endurance roadracing series for cars that cost $500 or less. The name is a play off of the historic 24 hours of LaMans race, but as 84 time racer Anton Lovett put it, "Lemons isn't racing just for rich idiots, it's for all idiots". 

 

 

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Bonus Episode - RoShamBo Recap 

*Please listen to to the full episode (#3) about the race first.  We promise it will make this bonus episode more enjoyable*

The Kinetic Grand Championship crowned their winner over Memorial Day weekend. Congratulations to Team TriloBike and their amazing machine, the Trilobike Diner.  Listen in as we talk to Steve McHaney about what it's takes to win this most grueling yet joyful race. (Photo Credit - Andrew Goff and Lost Coast Outpost)

 

 

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Frozen Dead Guy Days is held every March in Nederland, CO. The festival celebrates it’s most famous resident (the ever frozen Grandpa Bredo) by holding a bunch of fun activities, including a good old fashion coffin race! Hear the story behind the legend and meet the race competitors that embrace this fantastically unique tradition.

 

 

 

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