Crokicurl — the new ice game that combines elements of the board game crokinole and curling — has made its debut in Winnipeg.
What are believed to be the world’s first crokicurl games were played at The Forks on Friday, with more people joining in the new activity Saturday.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Cameron Langedock, who brought his wife and son out to play the game. “It’s creative and it obviously brings people together.”
Crokicurl is similar to a life-sized version of the board game crokinole — in which players take turns flicking small discs across a circular board, trying to land the discs in the higher-scoring parts of the board.
Crokicurl, which uses rocks about the size of curling rocks but made from lighter materials, is played with two teams made up of one or two players, who try to score points by throwing the rock into the centre of the ice, where the highest-scoring circle is.
A Detroit-area entrepreneur believes he has scored a touchdown with his new business idea. Or thrown a strike.
Actually, it’s both.
Chris Hutt owns the Fowling Warehouse, a 34,000-square-foot repurposed industrial site in Hamtramck that’s devoted to a football/bowling hybrid sport — fowling — he and some buddies invented while tailgating years ago at the Indianapolis 500.
The facility features 20 lanes, where players or teams try to be the first to knock down all 10 of their opponents’ bowling pins by tossing a single football from a distance of up to 48 feet.
The game is not complicated, Hutt said, but it’s not easy, either. In the Fowling Warehouse’s first six months of operation, only 29 strikes had been thrown over 100,000-plus games.
There’s another quick way to end a fowling match: A unique shot called a Bonk, which occurs when a player knocks the middle pin — and only the middle pin — off the board on the first throw. The other nine pins must remain standing.
Woodkopf is a crazy new sport invented in the Czech Republic that’s been gaining quite a lot of national media attention lately. The popular sport involves a pair of opponents wearing two-meter wooden boards on their heads and trying to knock the other’s board down without dropping their own. As strange as it sounds, a rousing match of Woodkopf can be quite exciting to watch.
The wacky sport can be traced back to July of 1992, when it was practiced during a cultural festival of art school graduates in Prague. Woodkopf (which literally translates to ‘wooden head’) is popular partly due to the fact that the game is simple, inexpensive and requires no complex equipment, but also because it never fails to supply a good dose of humor.
It is played by both men and women of all ages, and the rules are pretty simple. Both opponents must wear long, thin wooden boards of 200x16x2 cm, weighing between 3 and 4 kilograms. Once the boards are in position, the opponents try to knock each other’s boards off, using only plank-to-plank touches. No body-to-body or plank-to-body touches are allowed. The player who manages to knock down the opponent’s board twice in a row is declared the winner.
Veteran Woodkopf players are now striving for the sport to be included in the Olympic Games. They strongly believe that it has a great future. Vladimir Cech, who has been playing for the past seven years, said: “We want it to become our national sport, and a part of Czech culture along with beer, pork, dumplings and cabbage.”
Hey, why not?
It’s not unheard of for bored workers to spend some time on their Facebook page to escape the drudgery of spreadsheets, paperwork and internal memos.
A new phenomenon on Facebook, however, appears to attempt precisely the opposite: to simulate the most ordinary, mind-numbingly boring office lifestyle possible.
The Facebook group Generic Office Roleplay has attracted over 3,000 members since August, with users posing memo-like notices about the cubicle-confined goings-on of a fake company, Stackswell & Co.
The posts on the page are a mixture of the most boring, one-note, unremarkable notices one gets while working in a nondescript office environment. For example, See the page’s description of Stackswell & Co., with its combination of meaningless corporate speak – “Agile, Vision-oriented, Disintermediated” – and its dedication to “red-tape, bureaucracy and efficiency.”