In a one-horse open slay…

January 6, 2009

Blog Guy, you used to do a better job of covering bizarre sports. I haven’t seen anything here lately.

Fair point. How about these photos from an annual sled race in Germany?

What’s so bizarre about a sled race?

Well, it looks like a guy gets to shoot at the racing sleds with a hand-cannon. That has to get the old adrenalin flowing.

Yikes! Can they protect themselves at all?

Sort of. Some of the sleds just make the least popular team member sit in back. Other folks put a lot of hay behind the driver, to catch the lead.

Very interesting! Is that enough hay to stop one of those cannonballs?

It turns out it isn’t, but I’m not going to run those photos here.

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Traditionally dressed Bavarian Alpine mountaineer fires hand-cannon to start annual sled race in German resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, January 6, 2009.

A man rides a traditional wooden sled loaded with hay during the race.

Four men ride in a traditional wooden sled during the race.

REUTERS photos by Alexandra Beier

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And here I thought these were before and after pictures of safety regulations. I don’t know, between helmets and haystacks, which one actually stood up to testing? Is that a crash dummy in the haystack picture?

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