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Wife-Carrying is a actual Finnish sport.
      made by Eestikas


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4 months ago #9817395        
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The prize is the wife's weight of beer :D


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1 year ago #9768290        
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Fun fact: The whole thing originated in the late 1800s with a local brigand known as Ronkainen, who put his men thru a grueling obstacle course to see if they were fit enough for his gang. It was also the time of arranged marriages, so it wasn't all that uncommon for men to steal their sweethearts in the dead of night and whisk them away.
Not to mention that Ronkainen was allegedly very handsome and a hell of a lover... so several of the women went along with him willingly.

2 years ago #9683158        
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The World Championships are held in the village I grew up in. :)

3 years ago #9480867        
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Isn't there something about them also winning their wife's weight in beer, or something.


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2 years ago #9698338        
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Next to mobile phone throwing, boot throwing, and other strange Finnish sports

9 months ago #9802772        
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It's popular in Maine, too. Which makes sense, since Maine has a decent-sized Finnish-American population.

Irish

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11 months ago #9795332        
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Has anyone done it? Is it fun?

1 year ago #9755615        
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Wife carrying is starting to catch on here too....redneck games are redneck games. I knew i liked the Finns for a reason


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2 years ago #9736172        
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And I thought Swedish traditions were weird...

2 years ago #9729556        
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Man, I'd be terrible at that...


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2 years ago #9718704        
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interesting

Mixu

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2 years ago #9684978        
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ANOTHER FINNISH INVENTION!

3 years ago #9560128        
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...that's cute :D

3 years ago #9505042        
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Estonia has the Wife-Carrying sport too!


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3 years ago #9497020        
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The Wife Carrying World Championships
"The original track winding in the rough terrain with fences, rocks and brooks has been altered to suit modern conditions and the following rules set by the International Wife Carrying Competition Rules Committee will apply:
http://www.eukonkanto.fi/en/

Picture;
http://www.kainuunsanomat.fi/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2015/03/14579088-1024x682.jpg

Video;
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=adi1kwcaFlk


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Karen

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3 years ago #9473182        
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True: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wife-carrying

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