Contestants in these kooky competitions vie for titles ranging from the best booty to the boozy king of beer pong. We'll find grown men riding tricycles in their underwear and bodacious burlesque dancers battling it out in Travel Channel's collection of extreme competitions.
Red Neck Games
East Dublin, Georgia
There are plenty of butt cracks, buck teeth and cheap beer to go around at Georgia's Red Neck games. While the world watched the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, a local radio station stirred up some competition of a different kind in East Dublin. Self-proclaimed rednecks compete in events including bobbing for pigs' feet and a belly flop contest in a big pit of mud. A game of redneck horseshoes, where hicks hurl toilet lids, rounds out the wacky competitions.
World Series of Beer Pong
Las Vegas, Nevada
Beer Pong has left the dorm rooms and entered Sin City at the annual World Series of Beer Pong. This boozy competition heats up with 600 competitors vying for the title of champion and $50,000. It takes 3 days and more than 1,000 gallons of beer to get to the end of this round-robin tournament. To play the game, cups of beer are set up in a pyramid shape on a table. You must toss a ping pong ball into your opponent's cup. For every ball that hits the target, your opponent must drink up. Sinking the ping pong ball takes finesse, but you'll also need some swilling skills as the losing team winds up throwing back about 10 cups of beer.
World Beard and Moustache Championships
This mustachio bashio celebrates the finest facial hair around. Every 2 years, men bearing mustaches and beards of all shapes and sizes descend on a different city. Wacky categories are separated into 3 divisions: beard, partial beard and mustache. Sub-categories include best Dali-style mustache and even a freestyle category that inspired the 2009 winner to shape his 'stache into the likeness of a fork and spoon. Look out ZZ Top -- you've got some competition!
Most Beautiful Bottom in the World
It's one thing to have the best booty in town, but there's only 1 competition that celebrates the best butt in the world. European underwear manufacturer Sloggi invites participants, including models as well as bootylicious amateurs, to strut their stuff for a panel of 8 judges from the fashion world. But a darling derriere alone won't earn the title of top tushie. Male and female participants are judged in other categories including entertainment quality, athletic body, great smile, attitude, radiance and the ability to be a Sloggi spokesperson.
Shin Kicking Competition
Chipping Camden, England
There are no shin guards allowed at this painful British competition in the otherwise bucolic town of Chipping Camden. The goal is simple -- kick the other guy in the shins until one of you falls down in pain. This painful contest is part of the Cotswold Olimpicks, a tradition that is nearly 400 years strong.
Most of the guests at the annual Testicle Festival in Clinton, MT, are there to indulge in plates of tasty bull's testicles. But some competitors come to sprint in their skivvies in the Undie Run 500. This 4-person relay race competition starts with a chug -- racers must throw back a beer before taking a spin on a child-sized tricycle. The course is just 32 yards, but even this short distance is a challenge when you're wearing nothing but beer goggles and underwear.
National Hollerin' Contest
Spivey's Corner, North Carolina
Before there were cell phones in the South, the preferred method of long-distance communication was hollering. The tiny town of Spivey's Corner, NC, has hosted the National Hollerin' Contest since 1969 to celebrate this loud local pastime. Judges rate contestants in 7 categories including stage presence, diction and, of course, volume.
San Francisco, California
This San Francisco death match pits robots against each other in a series of 50 cyber-battles. Mechanical gladiators are guided by remote controls in a quest to take down their competition. More than 5,000 android aficionados come for the explosions, theatrics and steady dose of adrenaline. To stay safe, observers take in the events from behind the bulletproof cage where the robots tear each other to bits. The winner must collect the most points for aggression and amount of damage inflicted, or simply be the bot who doesn't leave as a pile of parts in a bucket, known in these high-tech parts as a "bucket bot."
Burlesque Hall of Fame Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada
It's no surprise that Sin City is home to the biggest burlesque competition in the world. It takes more than sparkly sequins, bouncing boobies and a whole lot of booty to become the queen of burlesque. Burlesque is an art that combines choreography and a naughty sense of humor for a sophisticated striptease. Performers have just 4 minutes to wow the judges with glamour, creative moves and stage presence in this sexy showdown.
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