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Human Slug Racing

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Recent news reports about the record numbers of slugs in the country caused by the wet summer (BBC News report on slugs) reminded me of a brilliant game I saw being played at a camp site last year: Human Slug Racing.Each competitor needs to bring their sleeping bag. They get into the bag, face down and with their arms down by their side. The race organiser now secures the bag tightly around their

Human Boules

Friday, August 17, 2007

My recent posts on ideal, but strange, beach games led to an e-mail from Sky Croeser - the co-creator of Human Boules. Similar in form to Human Croquet this is the perfect game to play on the beach, especially if you want to attract startled looks from other beach dwellers.Split everyone bar one player into two teams. Each team is formed of one 'thrower' with the rest forming the boules - these

Strange Games for Firemen - Fastest Up the Ladder

Thursday, August 16, 2007

When you think about what sort of games firemen get up to in their spare time then the strangest you probably get is shooting pool or a quickest slide down the pole competition. In Hungary they stage a fantastic speed ladder climbing event. As the video clearly shows these are the firemen you want to come when you are stuck on the top floor of some burning flats. Setting off running carrying a

Report on the First Welsh Open Stone Skimming Championships

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Founder of the Welsh Open Stone Skimming Championships, Mark Davies, writes this report on the inaugural event.We had a fabulous day at the Wales Open Stone Skimming Championships. We had 193 entries and the event raised over £500 – the majority of which will go to the St. John’s ambulance. It seemed like everyone enjoyed a quirky and different kind of day.The winner, Mike Camplin, threw a

Spectacular Deaths

Sunday, August 12, 2007

My recent post about strange games to play in the sand dunes led to friend and correspondent Maurice Tweddle to write in and remind me of a game that we used to play together as callow youths: Spectacular Deaths. Although it can be played anywhere with soft ground the perfect environment is the sand dune.The premise of the game is simple, one must die in response to the other player's imaginary

Strange Games on the Beach

Friday, August 10, 2007

At this time of the year Strange Games receives many e-mails like the following: "Montegue, my family are all ready for a beach holiday, we have got wind-shields so that we don't have to gaze upon our beach neighbours, sunscreen in case the sun comes out and garishly coloured Crocs for everyone's feet...but what strange beach games can we play?"The answer I give is that if you want to avoid the

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German Splash Diving/ Bombing/ Arschbombe

Monday, August 6, 2007

My previous post advocating Belly Button Battles as a game suitable for all portly, paunchy, porcine people prompted Heinrich Guntergarten (Strange Games' German Correspondent) to recommend another game: German Splash Diving. At the end of July the second World Splash Diving World Cup was held in Hamburg ('fat city'). This involves competitors jumping into a swimming pool from heights of 10

Belly Button Bounce-off/ Stomach Jousting

Sunday, August 5, 2007

As the majority of the nation becomes ever more obese and the powers that be cajole them into exercise there is an increasing demand for suitable games for fat people. Belly Button Bounce-off, as witnessed at The Small Festival, could just be the solution. Two players stand facing each other, as close as possible, feet together and stomachs touching. On an agreed signal both players start to push

Chant Intro for Rock Paper Scissors

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Grace Jefford, Strange Games' Brighton Correspondent, has described this brilliant chanted intro to Rock Paper Scissors that is currently sweeping the country. Opponents face each other, hands together and fingertips touching. Both chant,"Tic-Tac-Toe" and on each beat brush the backs of their hands together. Then they chant, "Give me high" - clap their right hands up high, "Give me low" - clap

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