Contest: Invent the world's stupidest sport!

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It's good to know someone else is obsessed with odd sports -- the bloggers at YesButNoButYes have put together a top-ten list of harebrained physical activities, including:

* The World Highland Games: Events like the Sheaf toss where you throw a bundle of straw, the stone put where you throw a rock, and the caber toss where you throw a tree.

* Surf Lifesaving: Combining the grace and beauty of watersports with the thrill of cardiac arrest.

* Extreme Ironing: You see what marriage does to perfectly normal guys?

Do you have an idea for a new sport that's even more ridiculous than these? There's a free copy of Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets for the person who comes up with the best one by this Friday at 6 p.m. (If we really like your idea we might even stage a staff game.) The rules: Your sport must be (a) so new that it's never been played before, at least on this earth, (b) consistent with the laws of physics, (c) relatively cheap to play, with equipment that can easily be obtained by anyone, and (d) an actual physical sport involving at least two players. We want to see some calories getting burned. Extra points if your idea is explained in great detail, based on some weird historical activity we've never heard of, or steeped in facts and assorted trivia. Leave your ideas in the comments or email us at tips-at-mentalfloss.com!

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