There are too many bizarre happenings around the world to fit in one article. So here, GuideGecko has decided to show you five of them (for starters, there may be more to come) that will make you raise an eyebrow or chuckle.
1) Giant Omelette Festival
Well, not too hard to guess what this one entails. How many eggs do you think they use? Well, try 5000 eggs and a whole lot of oil, onion, salt and pepper (2 boxes?).
Participating chefs stand around a giant frying pan wielding 1.5m long wooden spatulas in Abbeville, Los Angeles, USA.
Don’t they know of the proverb "too many cooks spoil the broth"? I’m also very curious about how they’re going to flip the omelette.
2) World Kudu Dung Spitting Championships
Okay, so technically this isn’t exactly a festival, but really? Putting Kudu (a type of African antelope) poop in your mouth and trying to propel it as far as possible? This has to be one of the most bizarre activities of the world.
The dung pellets are dried before they are “ready” for the competition held in South Africa, although not like this is a consolation for some.
Kudu dung spitting began when hunters pelted the organic bullets back at the Kudu, after its constant evasion frustrated the gun wielding humans.
3) La Tomatina
This is taking food fighting and magnifying it to a street level but only being given one type of ammunition. Fret not though, your bomb of choice is the mighty tomato. It stains and it stings as it explodes on your enemies, who happen to be anyone and everyone else on the street.
La Tomatina is held in Bunol, a small village outside Valencia in Spain, where more than 150,000 tomatoes meet their squishy doom every year.
I pity the people who clean up the streets the next day.
4) Stiletto Run
How many of you have ever walked in a pair of stilettos? How many of you suffered after that? Well, imagine taking that pain to the next level as you sprint down the road in a bid to win 10,000 euros.
The festival is held in Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Moscow. Before the dash, stilettos are celebrated with a fashion show. Participants who sign up for this event must be in heels that are more than 9cm tall. At the sound of the gun, these leggy ladies sprint for 100m. First one to cross the line gets 10,000 euros and I’m guessing the first thing the winner will pay for is a foot massage.
5) Wooly Worm Festival
Celebrating the Wooly Worm is the aim of this festival and a highlight of the event is where the worms race each other.
About 20 strings hang from the top to the bottom on the backboard of a flatbed trailer. The wooly worms them writhe their way up the “racetrack” and whichever crosses the finish line first takes home $500. There are about 60 heats in a day and anyone can enter for $5 if they're in Banner Elk, North Carolina, USA.
Remember to treat your worm with love, respect and provide ample encouragement. Athletes work best that way!