In an attempt to
Westernize yet put their own flavor on things,
the Russian Republic of Kazakhstan has replaced
the Hammer throw with the Dead Cat Toss.
Though the translation is not spot on, the
idea behind the dead cat toss is the same
as the hammer throw: distance.
Participants swing a dead
Participants wind up, with
cat in hand and fling the dead animal as
far as they can without going over the line.
This competition started in the farming
regions outside of Astana and then eventually
migrated into the suburban setting.
According to Kazakhstan farmer Boris Gabovski,
"In the country there are many dead
cats to be found. So, we just fling them.
We had no idea that this would catch on
in a sport." Apparently, it has since
the Kazakhstan Dead Cat Tossing team made
their way to Anaheim, California recently
to show off the finer points to interested
suburban Americans (in photo).
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