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      Wicked and Weird at Anime North 2015

      We were very excited to be able to attend the extremely fun Anime North recently in Toronto, Canada. We were even more tickled when they let us bring in a camera!Not familiar with Anime North? A.N. is one of the largest Anime conventions in North America, drawing in close to 30,000 people each year. The three day convention attracts folks from around the continent to celebrate their love of anime and all things Japanese.The convention is volunteer run and hosts a ton of fun activities like cosplay competitions, anime wrestling, larping events, gaming competitions, cosplay chess, screenings, panel discussions, doll shows, live music, aerial performances, geeky speed dating, dancing, and more. Naturally the competition that caught our attention was the MechaYard Wars. Remember that old TV show called Junkyard Wars? It's a bit like that. Competitors have an hour to build a "robot" from a junk of pile. Points are awarded for skill and creativity. You're also encouraged to bribe the judges, though there is no guarantee that it will help. We had a ton of fun at the competition. To see how we did, check out our episode! As usual there are a few people to thank. Their assistance was crucial to making the episode happen.The footage from Anime North was shot by the very talented Sarah Pidgeon. You can check out here website here.We were also fortunate to get permission to use some really great tunes. Music: “Santa Alegra” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra “Song for the Lovers” by Bark Bark Disco “You Can’t be in Love” by The Shh “The Gypsy Song” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra “Requiem for a Fish” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra “Boogich Bulgar” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra “April 10” by 8-Bit Ninjas “The Hug” by the The Freak Fandango Orchestra “El Mariachi” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra “Mister Milton” by Mowbray and Mills “So Over” by The Shh Extra special thanks to Fingers Delaurus, Kathleen Qu, Irwin Tan and the Anime North Team. To learn more about Anime North go to www.animenorth.com…

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      Grab your Umbrella: It’s the Mary Poppins Festival!

      Many of us were brought up with the stories of that charming nanny who always knows what to say. She’s been parodied more times than can be counted, and even though she is almost 100 years old she is still talked about. The first Mary Poppins book was written in 1934 and while the 8 book series was extremely popular it only became a household name after the Oscar winning Disney film of 1964. The franchise recently got a breath of fresh air with the hit Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks. Few people appreciate Mary Poppins more than the folks over in Maryborough, Queensland, also known as the birthplace of Poppins’ author, P.L. Travers. They are celebrating the life of the author and her beloved character with a cute and quirky street festival. What can you expect for this year’s Mary Poppins Festival? There will be festivities in the park where Poppins enthusiasts can enjoy vintage workshops, tours, chimney sweep challenges, a grand parade, sidewalk art, live music, bouncy castles, food stalls, live music, umbrella sculptures, movie screenings, rides and lots of costumes. The main attraction of the Mary Poppins Festival will be the Great Nanny Challenge. Competitors must don the traditional nanny costume and push a pram with a “baby” in it. The competitors cannot run, bump other prams, slag off their rivals or poke anyone with push-pins. Just kidding. Anything can and will happen during the Great Nanny Challenge. If you’re not up for participating make sure you get yourself a front-row spot; you won’t want to miss this. Pack the kids up and head over to Maryborough for a cheeky good time. For more information check out the Official website and Facebook event page. When: June 28th – July 6th, 2015 Where: Queens Park, Maryborough, Queensland Photo Credit: Official Website…

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      A Prickly Feast: The World Stinging Nettle Eating Competition

      Granted, there are many different food eating competitions, but most of them involve food you might actually want to eat like hot dogs or poutine… but the British have always taken things a notch further and tested how tough you can be. While we’ve already checked out Garlic and Onion eating competitions, we have yet to look at the horror that is the World Nettle Eating Competition. Yep. Stinging nettle. Remember? It’s the stuff you were supposed to stay away from as a kid but would always accidently run into and then get covered in horrible, itchy, welts. …and this is a competition to eat as much of it as possible. Competitors are given two foot stalks of stinging nettle and must tear off and consume all of the spiky leaves. Vomiting is not permitted. Oh, and the leaves might cause your tongue to turn black…not to mention the horrible stinging bumps. If you’re nice to the judges they might let you dip your leaves in beer before you put it in your mouth. The competition will be happening at the same time as the beer and cider festival where over 30 ales and 20 ciders will be available to quench your thirst. Think you have what it takes to win the toughest eating competition in the world? Head on over to West Dorset and put your money where your mouth is. For more information on the World Nettle Eating Competition, check out the Bottle Inn website or their Facebook Page and Twitter. When: June 20th, 2015 (Beer and Cider festival running from June 19th – 21st, 2015) Where: Bottle Inn, Marshwood, West Dorset, United Kingdom Photo Source: Bottle Inn facebook Page…

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      Be Artistic at the Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Championships

      There are few artistic hobbies that are more rustic and badass than chainsaw carving. The folks over in the small Rocky Mountain town of Chetwynd, British Columbia, have a love for it like few others. They host the annual Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving competition and have been doing so for the past 11 years. The event was created by the Chetwynd Rendezvous Committee. The first official carving competition was held in 2005 and hosted just seven carvers from around British Columbia and the United States. Competitors now come from as far away as Australia, Wales and Japan. Carvers will be at the Chambers office on Friday to help promote the event by carving sculptures for purchase. It’s a great opportunity to get some original art created right before your eyes. People, mythological creatures, dinosaurs, bears and everything in between have been past sculptures. Guest carvers this year will include Ryan Cook of the reality TV show Carver Kings, local carver Randy Gauthier, and Aussie friend Robbie Bast. The 2015 event was nearly cancelled due to lack of funds, but luckily the community stepped up and helped keep this international festival going strong. To learn about how you can help the Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition please contact the organizers. The sculptures created at the event are scattered around town for all to see. There are currently 88 carvings from past competitions. During the competition there will be multiple vendors selling food (perogies! Specialty potatoes!), crafts, jewelry, furniture and more. There will be something for everyone. Get your family together, pack a picnic and head over to Chetwynd to get in on the fun. For more information on the Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Championships check out the Official Website and Facebook Page. For more information about Chetwynd, go to the District of Chetwynd website. The competition is held annually on the second weekend of June. When: June 11th – 14th, 2015 Where: Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada Photo Source: Official Facebook Page…

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      Whack a Friend on International Pillow Fight Day!

      Growing up forces us to abandon some of the greatest things from childhood; couch cushion forts, camping inside, water fights. Luckily for us there is a group that is fighting to bring the fun back into our lives. The Newmindspace is a non-profit organization created by Lori Kufner and Kevin Bracken. These two Toronto/ NYC artists have been organizing crazy events ranging from massive bubble battles to subway car parties. Their goal is to get people out of their homes and back into public spaces where they can meet new friends and enjoy their city in a whole new way. Oh, and to have fun; that’s the most important thing.  International Pillow Fight Day occurs each year in early April and has been running in Toronto for 10 years. Since its inception, the Pillow Fight has spread to 100 countries across the globe. To see if there is a fight near you, Click Here. The rules for pillow fighting are simple: swing lightly, do not hit people without pillows, do not hit people with cameras, and only use feather-free pillows. It’s also much appreciated if you help with the cleanup once the pillow fight has finished. This is a free event that can only work with the cooperation of attendees, so get out there, have fun, and lend a hand. Over 1,000 pillows were collected from the 2015 event and donated to homeless relief groups and animal shelters. For more information on International Pillow Fight Day or to see what other cool events are in the works, check out the Newmindspace Official Website, The Pillow Fight Day Official Website, The Newmindspace Facebook Page and Twitter. As always, we must tip our hats to the talented musicians that have allowed us to use their music in our videos. Check out their websites below to listen to more of their tunes! Music: “Bublitzki” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra (www.freakfandango.es) “I want your Love” by The Graveltones (www.thegraveltones.com) “Shiny Spaceship” by 8-Bit Ninjas (www.8bitninjas.co.uk) When: First Saturday of April, annually Where: Over 100 major cities. Click Here to find the closest one to you Photo Source: Wicked & Weird Around the World…

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      Break a Leg at The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

      It looks like the British aren't the only ones who get in on some cheese rolling action! This year marks the 7th year that the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival has been held in Whistler, British Columbia. This quirky festival pays homage to the annual (“banned”) event in Gloucester, UK. The quirky event sees competitors...…

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      Most of us have heard of the iconic 1958 film THE BLOB but few of us celebrate it like the folks over in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The film is about an amoeba-like creature from outer space that terrorizes a small town in Pennsylvania, absorbing everyone that it touches until it becomes an uncontrollable mass. …

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      The Toe Wrestling World Championships!

      One of our all-time favourite “weird” competitions is fast approaching; the Toe Wrestling World Championships over in Derbyshire, UK! If you might recall, we’ve been there! In fact, that’s where we shot our very first episode of Wicked and Weird Around the World. The competition has been going strong since the 1970s...…

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      The Pooh Stick World Championships

      Update** Unfortunately this year’s Pooh Stick World Championships have been cancelled to do poor weather. Keep your eyes on the Rotary Club of Oxford’s website for next year’s event details. While the phrase “Pooh Stick” might evoke some shudder...…

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      Welcome to Wicked & Weird Around the World, you Nutter.

      Welcome and thanks for joining us at Wicked and Weird…Around the World! Join us as we seek out to find the strangest events the world has to offer. You think you’ve seen it all? Wrong! Stay tuned for regular updates regarding upcoming world festiva...…

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      10 Tips to help you Survive La Tomatina

      La Tomatina is one of the most popular “odd” events out there. Taking place each year on the last Wednesday in August, La Tomatina sees visitors from all over the globe getting mucky in the World’s Largest Food Fight. The festival can be found in...…

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      Getting Dirty at the World Gravy Wrestling Championships

      Are you in the United Kingdom and looking to get up to some mischief? What could be better than heading over to the Rose N Bowl in Rossendale, Lancashire to partake in the 5th Annual World Gravy Wrestling Championships? The competition takes place...…

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      Hold on to Your Socks; Antzar Eguna is This Week!

      Now, you might be wondering exactly what Antzar Eguna is…and you wouldn’t be the first. Antzar Eguna, also known as “The Day of the Geese” takes place each year in Lekeitio, Spain, during the San Antolin Festival. There are many different activities...…

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