Slacking off on the Green

No, UFV hasn’t started offering a major in tightrope walking. It’s a slackline — a taut, flat rope used as a balancing exercise.

Pool noodle swords make for epic fights

Regimented exercise is about as much fun as stirring a pot of soup on low heat for four hours. I hate it. As far as I know, most people feel about the same way, unless they are truly dedicated. However, there are solutions.

Pole dancing at the Goddess Movement

The mention of pole dancing usually stirs up imagery of something along the lines of a neon-lit stage with scantily clad strippers walking around a pole as men flip money into the air. However, pole dancing has been emerging as a form of performance art, and a recreational and competitive sport. If you watch a video of a pole dancing competition, you will see why this is.

Chess-boxing, goat-bashing: weird sports you’ve never heard of

Popular games like hockey and football are great, but they are so prominent in our culture that it is easy to forget that there are other sports out there, some of which are delightfully weird.

Floating to relaxation in a sensory deprivation tank

Sensory deprivation tanks are essentially giant tanks of water with a high salt concentration in which a person floats in relative or complete darkness.

Fraser Valley Footbag aims to bring Hacky Sack back

As a self-professed lover of footbag—Hacky Sack is the trademarked name—I was quick to partner up with a friend to start a local organization of footbag enthusiasts. This group, Fraser Valley Footbag, meets during the summer months to play games, usually at Mill Lake or Jubilee Park (especially during the awesome, free concert-and-culture series Jam in Jubilee). Fraser Valley Footbag is open to the community, but it’s also a UFV club. As such, we also meet on campus to play sometimes – usually on the green.

‘‘Q to 12’’ and other nonsensical expressions of joy

I’ve only come across one sport in all my years of athletics which creates adequate flexibility for the breadth and flux of true competition, and it’s one I’ve never been brave enough to try. In fact, I’m only sure of a single rule, one golden rule in contrast to the manuals which accompany most other sports. And that rule is simple: you may not play the game the same way twice. Yup folks, I’m talking about Calvinball.

Don’t blame the bugs

In a contest run by a Florida pet shop earlier this month, a man named Edward Archbold scarfed down dozens of worms, superworms and finally cockroaches to win the grand prize of a python. According to a Facebook post, the prize wasn’t what mattered, but the “glory” that would come with being a bug-eating champion. The story ends tragically.

EastVan PillowFight Club

After the initial shock and bewildered joy resided, my next thought upon learning of the relatively new all-girl EastVan PillowFight Club was “Well, how does it work?” So, that’s what I set out to learn.

Sports you’ve never heard of: Royal Shrovetide Football

Royal Shrovetide Football is an epic sport played by every man, woman and child of the small village of Ashbourne. The game is split into two eight-hour halves starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The goals are old mills positioned three miles apart called Clifton and Sturston. Shrovetide Football is played once a year, the first half on Shrove Tuesday, the first day of Lent and the second half on Ash Wednesday, which is 46 days before Easter.

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