Here's an international flavor . . . a rather weird race in Russia, reported in an Australian newspaper, and picked up by a former South African now resident in the USA!
MORE than 500 people rode inflatable sex dolls down river rapids at the eighth annual instalment of a bizarre but popular Russian race, The St Petersburg Times reported.
The competitors - and their odd props - spent three minutes hurtling down the Vuoksa River's Losevo Rapids in the Bubble Baba Challenge.
Men and women both took part in the challenge - with a separate heat for women-only racers.
The race was won by St. Petersburg man Vladislav Pavlenko who rode his doll, dubbed "Vanilla Pelotki," to the finish in two minutes and 47 seconds.
The event was dreamed up by organiser Dmitry Bulawinov who conceived the idea as a joke at a party where the men got drunk and the women failed to show up.
The event was first held in 2003.
Participants must be over 16 years old and are tested for alcohol.
There's more at the link, including more photographs. (I 'censored' the one above with the help of a photo-editing program - the original is at the link.)
I'm not surprised they test participants for alcohol. Perhaps they should do the same for testosterone - with added plastics?