Everyone loves a good competition – hell, most folks even love bad ones. (Fans of turtle races, I’m lookin’ at you.) Most competitions make at least some sense – Nathan’s hot dogs, for example, are seemingly designed to be gorged on. Notice, however, that I said most competitions, not all, make sense. The totally bizarre ones on this list defy all logical explanation. They can sure draw a crowd, though! 1. Midget Throwing Contest The Midget Throwing, or Dwarf Tossing, originated in Australia in the 1980's. A bar attraction in which dwarves wearing special padded clothing or Velcro costumes are thrown onto mattresses or at Velcro-coated walls, participants of the contest compete to throw the dwarf the farthest. Dwarf tossing is widely considered to be offensive to the dignity of dwarfs, and some legislators have considered bans. Proponents of the sport have criticized such moves, with some arguing bans deny dwarfs a possible source of income. 2. Air Guitar Championships Since 1996 the annual Air Guitar World Championships contest has been a part of the Oulu Music Video Festival in Oulu, Finland. The idea of the contest was originally coined as a joke (in which the performers pretended to play rock or heavy metal-style electric guitar solos) meant only to be a side attraction for the music video festival. The first on-off air guitar competitions have been organized in the early 1980s in Sweden and in the United States. With rules such as “No back-up bands – air or real – are allowed” and “Competitors may finger pick or strum with either electric or acoustic – but all ‘real’ instruments are banned”, it’s obvious that these guitar heroes take the competition quite seriously. In 2008, the gold winner was Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeie from the US. 3. Extreme Ironing World Championships The Extreme Ironing World Championships started in Leicester, UK in 1997, and is an exciting and dangeous sport where anyone who would like to participate should be ready for ironing a few items of laundry, preferably on a difficult climb of a mountainside, ice or under water. The description on the official Extreme Ironing Bureau does the sport some justice: "It is an outdoor activity that combines the danger and excitement of an 'extreme' sport with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt. It involves taking an iron and board (if possible) to remote locations and ironing a few items of laundry. This can involve ironing on a mountainside, preferably on a difficult climb, or taking an iron skiing, snowboarding or canoeing." 4. World Sauna Championships The World Sauna Championship takes place in Heinola, Finland every August. This championship was started in 1999. Competitors from over 20 countries take part in the competition at their own risk, and have to sign a form agreeing not to take legal action on the organization. The competitors must sit in a 110° sauna and half a liter of water is added every 30 seconds. They must sit erect with their thighs and buttocks on the seat. They cannot touch any surface with their hands and forearms have to be in an upright position and must stay on their knees. The person who sits longest is the winner. 5. World's Ugliest Dog Contest The World's Ugliest Dog Contest takes place every year at the coliseum in Petaluma, California, U.S., to decide which of the dogs entered in the contest is the ugliest. Along with the title of "The World's Ugliest Dog", the winner's owner gets a USD $1,000. The winner of the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog was Elwood, a Chinese Crested-Chihuahua mixed breed dog owned by Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey. 2008's winner was also a Chinese Crested, Jeanenne Teed's Gus. He is hairless, with three legs and one eye. 6. The World Gurning Championship Gurning contests are a centuries-old rural English tradition; said contests exist solely to see who can make the most ridiculously distorted facial expression in their village. People who don't have teeth are particularly good at it; Peter Jackson, England's best-known gurner, actually had his teeth removed so he could do it better. The World Gurning Championship, which has been held in Egremont, Cumbria since 1267, is like the Olympics for these freaks, God love ‘em. 7. Dinka Fat Man Contest Every year, young men in this Sudanese tribe take part in an eating contest... a four month long eating contest. The goal is to eat as much as possible whilst staying as still as possible (since, y'know, moving burns calories). At the end of the four month period, they’re carted out in front of their fellow villagers and judged on their rotundness. Dude, I’d be so good at this. Just park me in front of Netflix with a barrel of nacho cheese and I could make history. 8. Dwarf Tossing Dwarf tossing is exactly as it sounds... horrible. These "competitions" basically consist of drunk dudes at bars throwing little people at mattresses and Velcro-coated walls. In the late ‘80s, they were especially popular in the great state of Florida. Legislation has now made them illegal there, as well as New York, but every other state in the union, however, apparently has a vendetta against small folks ‘cause the savage sport hasn’t been universally outlawed. 9. The World Worm Charming Championships The World Worm Charming Championships, which has taken place in a small village in England since 1980, is one of the oddest competitions known to man. A bunch of people claim small plots of land and, for thirty nerve wracking minutes, attempt to coax as many earthworms out of the dirt as possible without digging for them or "using drugs". (According to the competition’s webpage, water is considered a drug) People use vibrations, sent into the Earth via garden forks and music, to convince the little buggers to come to the surface – whoever collects the most, wins. 10. Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event that's taken place in England since the 15th century. What is it with England and these crazy-ass ancient competitions? But I digress. Basically, you chase a 9 pound round of cheese down a hill and, if you cross the finish line first, you win the cheese. FUN FACT: The promise of cheese at the bottom is the only thing that would make me run down a hill. 11. Bull Surfing Bull Surfing takes place in Kerala, India and requires competitors to hold on to ropes that have been attached to two charging bulls and "surf" through a rice paddy. If you can’t get a good grip on the ropes, hanging on to a tail or two should suffice. This is the ultimate extreme sport, dude. You could totally get gored! 12. Chess Boxing As the name would imply, Chess Boxing alternates between rounds spent playing chess and boxing. Created, presumably as a joke, by a French comic book artist in the early 90s, it’s actually increasing in popularity overseas – a documentary is currently being made about it. The ability to play chess and box is equally important in this game, so you’ve gotta have brains and brawn.