The Next Great Olympic Sport: Grave Digging
One thing that you DON'T want to hear as all of the contestants line up at the conclusion of the Hungary National Gravedigging Contest:
"Hey, where's Fred?"
In an event that is only slightly more exciting than the name suggests, eighteen two-man teams competed in a national contest to see who could dig the fastest, neatest most luxurious graves during a competition in Debrecen, Hungary recently. Important details, via BBC News:
* Organizers say the contest is intended to increase respect and recognition for the gravediggers' profession and attract more people to the job.
* The winners will compete in a regional contest to be held in Slovakia.
* A regulation size grave is 2.7 feet wide X 6.6 feet long X 5.3 feet deep.
* "We didn't have to prepare in any special way because we do this every day," said Jonas, from the nearby village of Hosszupalyi.
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The fastest grave was dug in 34 minutes, which sounds very fast indeed, though thanks to style points that team may not win. The winners of the Debrecen contest will go on to compete in a regional championship in Slovakia in November.
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