The world is full of weird things and people with all sorts of strange interests, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are some crazy prizes out there to be won. Whether you love animals or music or just want to laugh your way through life, there’s an award for everyone – even if it is a bit weird.
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 bizarre awards you’ve probably never heard of:
1. The “Most Tattooed Man” Award
This award goes to the man with the most tattoos on his body. The Guinness World Record is currently held by Lucky Diamond Rich, who has an estimated 100% of his body covered in ink.
2. The “World’s Smallest Waist” Award
This award goes to the woman with the smallest waist in the world. The current record holder is Mikel Ruffinelli, who has a waist measuring an unbelievable 82.5 centimeters (32.5 inches).
3. The “World’s Longest Ear Hair” Award
This award is exactly what it sounds like. The person with the longest ear hair in the world is rewarded with this title. As you can imagine, the hair has to be quite long to qualify – at least 20.3 cm (8 inches).
4. The “World’s Strongest Tongue” Award
Do you have a strong tongue? No, we’re not talking about your ability to make witty remarks or tell crude jokes. We’re talking about your literal tongue – the muscle in your mouth that helps you eat, speak, and kiss.
If you think your tongue is particularly muscular, then you might be interested in competing for the “World’s Strongest Tongue” award. This bizarre award is given to the person with the strongest tongue in the world, as measured by how much weight they can lift with their tongue.
To compete for this award, you’ll need to be able to lift at least 3 kg (6.6 lbs) with your tongue. If you can do that, then you’ll be in the running for this weird and wonderful award.
So, if you think you have a strong tongue, start practicing your lifting! Who knows, you could be the next world champion.
5. The Ig Nobel Prize
The Ig Nobel Prizes “honor achievements that first make people LAUGH, then make them THINK.” They are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.
6. The Barbara Dex Award
This award is given out annually to the worst-dressed artist at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was named after Belgian singer Barbara Dex, who wore a self-designed outfit that consisted of a dress made entirely of hair extensions, which she later admitted was inspired by Spiderwoman.
7. The Bent Spoon Award
The Bent Spoon Award is an annual award given by the magazine Skeptical Inquirer to the person or organization that has perpetuated the “most preposterous piece of pseudoscientific nonsense”. The award is a spoon with its bowl bent at a 45-degree angle. It was inspired by a comment made by Uri Geller, who said that any spoon he bent would remain bent even if placed in a microwave oven. The award was first given in CFI’s inaugural year, 1982.
8. Mullet Awards at Mulletfest
Mulletfest is an annual festival held in Australia to celebrate the mullet hairstyle. The Mullet Awards are given out at the festival to people with the best mullets. There are several different categories, such as Best Mullet Overall, Best Individual Mullet (for those with a single mullet), and Best Couple’s Mullet (for those with two mullets).
9. The Golden Raspberry Awards
The Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as the Razzies, are an annual award ceremony to honor the worst films of the year. The awards are given out by the Golden Raspberry Foundation, which was founded in 1981 by John J. B. Wilson. The awards are given out the day before the Academy Awards, and they are often seen as a way to satirize the Oscars.
10. The World’s Most Phallic Building Contest
The World’s Most Phallic Building Contest is an annual contest held by the magazine Architectural Review to find the most phallic building in the world. The contest was first held in 1999, and the winner was the London Eye. other notable winners include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Chrysler Building in New York City.