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14 wacky animal sports

By: Laura Moss on April 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
boy with cricket in his mouth

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Cricket spitting

Cricket spitting is exactly what it sounds like. Each contestant places a (usually dead) cricket in his mouth and spits it as far as he can. The contestant who spits a cricket the farthest is declared the winner. Entomologist Tim Turpin invented this mouth-watering activity for Purdue University’s annual Bug Bowl. Since then, the sport has been featured at other schools, festivals and events.