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World “Wife Carry” Championships

Each year Finland holds a wife carry competition where the winner earns the “wife’s” weight in beer. Finland keeps trying, but Estonia has won ten years in a row (as of 2007), and has perfected the “Estonian Carry”, seen above in a photo emailed to me. I’m surprised that Greece did not introduce this as a new Olympic event.


From the BBC: "The couple used the famed "Estonian Carry" where the woman clamps her thighs to the sides of the man's face while hanging upside down on his back. The long-standing wife-carrying competition, which took place in the remote village of Sonkajarvi, a few hours' drive from the Arctic circle, has its roots deep within Finnish tradition... It was apparently also common practice for men to steal women from local villages."


Perhaps this explains the high Finnish content in my genes.

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Taken on September 29, 2004