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Strange Games "What do you get if you cross a large rubber ball used for physical therapy with the medieval sport of Jousting? Yoga Ball Jousting."
posted by feelinglistless (18 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I thought Ball Jousting would be something very different. Y HALLO THAR INSOMNIA.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:14 AM on June 30, 2009

Can't we do something else?
Like someone who attacks you with a pointed stick?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 2:38 AM on June 30, 2009 [1 favorite]

It would be more fun without the balls, and naked.
posted by HuronBob at 3:17 AM on June 30, 2009

Hey you this on my lawn!
posted by srboisvert at 3:18 AM on June 30, 2009

Oh dear god. This is the DUMBEST goddamn thing ever...and yet so very, very fun. I cant think of a single time I've done something, uh, ill-advised, with those exercise balls and not been injured in some fashion.

Still, ridiculous amounts of fun. Riiiiight up to the point where I end up up flat on my back and trying to figure out if my neck, arm, or crotch are broken.

Good times.
posted by Stunt at 3:29 AM on June 30, 2009

A couple of weekends ago, I was at a medieval event at a stately home in Cheshire. After the doors had closed and the public had gone, there was wheelie bin jousting. [video from '08, but still.]

Also, when your medieval campsite gets flooded out you can do some water skiing.
posted by Pallas Athena at 4:09 AM on June 30, 2009

Oh dear god. This is the DUMBEST goddamn thing ever...

Are you sure about that?
posted by embrangled at 4:19 AM on June 30, 2009

In my distant past, I played a jousting game. Long tiled hallway, two office chairs, two rubber-tipped crutches, two galvanized garbage can lids, two jousters, two seconds. At the signal, the seconds accelerate the "knights" to ramming speed... yeah, there might have been an injury or two. Makes an awesome sound, though.
posted by Ella Fynoe at 4:57 AM on June 30, 2009

Can't we do something else?
Like someone who attacks you with a pointed stick?

Pointed stick? Oh, oh, oh! We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you, eh?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 5:50 AM on June 30, 2009 [2 favorites]

cough... Canoe jousting is harder than hell...
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:56 AM on June 30, 2009

In some periods jousting score was kept based on whether or not your lance broke, based on the idea that, if your hit your opponent squarely enough for your cheesy jousting lance to break, a war lance would have gone right on through. OK, now imagine this with over sized balloons that are thin enough to pop on solid impact!

It's all fun and games until someone looses and eye. Then it's a sport.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 6:16 AM on June 30, 2009

What I love about nonsense like this is how blasted the kids get afterwards - just lying crumpled on the ground like they didn't know it was going to actually hurt. Badly.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:17 AM on June 30, 2009

I'm convinced that "Let The Bodies Hit The Floor" is one of the most overused youtube soundtracks for anything involving competition....

(ps. looks kinda fun)
posted by samsara at 9:28 AM on June 30, 2009

Oh, no. This website is going to change ruin my life now. How I love Stupid Human Tricks!
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:40 AM on June 30, 2009

Ahh, this brings back to mind the good old college sport of chair jousting with an entirely new level of danger and looking stupid!
posted by strixus at 10:44 AM on June 30, 2009

The ergo ball bumping is pretty retarded. But further down the blog there is a fricking gem!
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 11:18 AM on June 30, 2009 [4 favorites]

Many years ago friends and I had a "game" where we'd stand two people at opposite sides of a big open room that had no windows, have each hold big blocks (like 3' x 3' x 4') of foam rubber against their chests, turn the lights out so it was completely dark, then run at each other. That was fun... big bounces like what you see in the yoga ball video, but you don't know when it's coming.
posted by dammitjim at 12:21 PM on June 30, 2009

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