You snooze, you lose? Not this time…

August 10, 2011

Blog Guy, what would you say is your best sport, personally? Rock climbing, Ironman? Fight Club?

I’d have to say extreme napping.

Napping. You mean like just closing your eyes and sleeping?

It’s so much more than that. Oh, any idiot can just flop into bed at noon and call it a nap, but the competitors are always finding new places, mapping new napping.

Look at these pros in the photos. The guy napping under an armored vehicle, people snoozing on horseback, a bride asleep at her wedding.

Those are some very serious nappers, I do have to admit.

I myself take several naps a day to keep in shape, and I name them, military-style. Nap Alpha, Nap Bravo, Nap Charlie…

But surely there is no organized competitive napping, is there?

Think again. In September I’m heading to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the annual Snoozapalooza Invitational. That’s where the Olympics-quality nappers show their best stuff.

I had no idea it was so elaborate, Blog Guy. So how do you rate your chances this year? Think you’ll be going for the Snoozapalooza gold?

Me? No, I can’t win. The Snoozapalooza is ALWAYS won by a cat.

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Top: A British Army soldier of Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, rests under his Jackal armored vehicle during a short breakĀ  at a Afghan National Police (ANP) check point outside the town of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 11, 2011. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Right: Riders practice for a show on their horses at a farm in Kaposmero, Hungary, August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Left: A bride takes a nap as newlyweds attend a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Sun Moon University in Asan, south of Seoul, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Bottom left: Mooshu, an older neighborhood cat who has lived most of his sixteen years in the Lanikai section of Kailua, Hawaii, takes a cat nap on a skateboard belonging to his owner’s children, July 5, 2004. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni

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“Cat nap on a skateboard”. Really? That’s what we’ve been reduced to?

As for the top pic – #1 rule is to sleep when you can, ’cause you never know when your next chance to do so will be.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I’d love to write some witty comment, but it will have to wait until after my nap.

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

That cat napping is beyond precious.. I say, Gold well deserved!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

So the napping on horseback photo is a phony – the caption clearly says they’re practicing for a show – So they’re only practice napping….

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

The horseback photo looks like a corollary to planking.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

@Moonshine – I think you misunderstood the type of show they were practicing for. They’re demonstrating the “Pony Power Nap” portion of the Cirque de Snooze, kind of like the IceCapades for the Extreme Napping professionals. They’re followed by a bunch of orange tabbys doing the Garfield “Nap Attack” segment – a real crowd pleaser!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Equestrian Resting: when it’s time to hit the hay.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Does the outgoing Nap Champ retire?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Jazz, but of course Garfield is the King of Snooze..
When he gets a nap attack, Shakira sings “Whenever, wherever, we are meant to be together..”

Dont ask me how Shakira popped up into this conversation, just know that I am gonna be humming that song all day…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

My captions to the above photos:

– Is it an Afghan National Police (ANP) checkpoint, or a National Afghan Police (NAP) checkpoint…?

– What do you get if you sleep on a horse? Nightmares.

– What do you call a nap during a wedding? A naptial

– How do you stop a cat nap? Catnip, of course.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

I can haz skatezzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Good one Nosmo.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

so cute cat :)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

no no no planking is done on your stomach….

Posted by warpeddove | Report as abusive

wait, is the sleeping bride wired? now that’s a serious band name—–wired sleeping bride; what is she wired to??? hmmmm

Posted by warpeddove | Report as abusive

wapeddove, you remind me of a band name I once thought of; “Wired in a Weird Way”.

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