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Outdoor Checkers

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It's all fun and games under the pine trees, until someone loses an eye!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 25, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Games, 1930's, Dismemberment

Long-Term Betting on Your Kids

According to the BBC, it's becoming increasingly popular for parents to place long-term bets with bookmakers on whether their kids will achieve fame and fortune during their lives. For instance, whether their kid will become a famous soccer player or a great golfer:

A particular type of long-time achievement bet - parents having a bet on their children achieving something in their life - has increased tenfold in the past five years, according to Ladbrokes.
"Parents betting on their children's future successes is as popular as betting on the final of the X Factor," says Jessica Bridge, from the firm.
...it's not all about sporting prowess, he says. Many parents will place bets that their children will pass a particular exam. And then there was the grandmother who thought her granddaughter so beautiful that she wagered she would grace the front cover of a leading fashion magazine.
"People do it for a variety of reasons," says Sharpe. "They are demonstrating that they have real faith in someone - have every confidence in them. They may be using it as an incentive. Or it could just be a bit of fun. Something to talk about, or put on the wall.

If only my parents had placed a bet when I was a child that I would grow up to be a blogger at Weird Universe, they'd be rich! Although the internet didn't exist back then, so it would have been a real longshot bet.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 11, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Family, Children, Games, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

Whack a Banker—Under the Pier

Next time I'm in Suffolk, I'm definitely making a trip to see Tim Hunkin's Under the Pier show, located at the Southwold Pier. It's an amusement arcade full of his unique, hand-made machines. Read more about it in this Guardian article. Below is a video of his timely Whack a Banker game. Link to Tim Hunkin's site.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 10, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Games, Technology

Beat Nixon Board Game

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Where is the 2012 version?

Original ad here.

Color scans here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 01, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Games, Politics, Strange Candidates, 1970's

Chinlone

Mystical Ball from Brian Olson on Vimeo.



Now that Myanmar seems to be opening up to the outside world, do you think their national sport of Chinlone will sweep the planet? A noncompetitive team endeavor, with no winning or losing? Nah, not likely!

Read about it here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 23, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Games, Asia

Amazing miniature golf shot caught on tape

Let's just say this video involves several amazing things. I am giving a screaming man at the end of the video warning.



Keep those cameras rolling!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Jan 23, 2011 | Comments (1)
Category: Games

Grape Escape



A major contributor to youth violence, no doubt, and consequently banned forever! But it would be fun to be able to still buy this today, on Black Friday.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 26, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Games, Children, 1990's

Another PES Film



Old-time WU-vies will surely recall the stop-motion video of furniture sex by PES. Here's another neat one, shorter and tamer, since it's an actual commissioned ad.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 21, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Games, Advertising, Stop-motion Animation

Metaphysical Scrabble

It's a little long, at 8 minutes, 20 seconds or so (it actually stops before the timer), but it will definitely be your weird moment of the day.

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Wed Aug 04, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Addictions, Eccentrics, Games, Surrealism

Women Can’t Jump

When I think of the Olympics, I rarely consider that each event has both a mens and a womens division. I tend to focus more on the sport itself regardless of who is competing. After all, the Olympics is supposed to encourage the spirit of friendly competition, and not highlight major flaws, such as gender bias. Unfortunately this year's winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, is doing just that. Women ski jumpers have petitioned to join every Winter Olympics since Nagano in 1998, and each time they have been denied by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). So what's the deal? Well, the IOC is sidestepping the issue. They've issued a written statement that reads "Women's Ski Jumping does not reach the necessary technical criteria and as such does not yet warrant a place alongside other Olympic events." Yet female ski jumpers argue the point (read about it here). Lindsey Van, current world record holder for the longest jump, is quick to point out that they meet the necessary criteria. But it may be a long time before we see women flying off the end of a ski jump in front of Olympic judges. IOC member Dick Pound is quoted as saying "If in the meantime you're making all kinds of allegations about the IOC and how it's discriminating on the basis of gender," he warned, "the IOC may say, 'Oh yeah, I remember them. They're the ones that embarrassed us and caused us a lot of trouble in Vancouver, maybe they should wait another four years or eight years.'" Yes, you read that right. He is publicly threatening female ski jumpers to keep them out of the Olympics for years if they persist. So much for the spirit of friendly competition.
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