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Ten "sports" that you've probably never heard of, let alone played

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Every Sunday is a funday at Viewhouse Eatery Bar and Rooftop, and there's a good reason why: games like dunk tank and yard sports like corn hole and giant Jenga.

In the spirit of unusual sports and games -- that are typically only enjoyed with a drink in hand -- here is a list of ten "sports" you probably have never played. They're much more extreme than what you'll find at View House, so prepare yourself.

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10. Cheese Rolling

Swiss, Provolone, Cheddar, American, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, it's all delicious. But it is it worth sprinting down a steep hill for? That's questionable. The seven-pound Gloucester cheese can reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour, I'm going to go out on a limb and say "no thank you." However, Colorado's own Kenny Rackers didn't feel this way when he won the competition on May 27.

9. Dunny Derby

A major crowd pleaser in Winton, Queensland, Dunny Derby involves one person sitting on the John, while a team pulls him along on a mission to defeat the other poopers. The fastest lavatory wins the grand prize of $3,000, oddly not $2,000, come one who doesn't like some good ol' potty humor?

8. Elephant Polo

This sport originated in Meghauli, Nepal where the world championships still take place. The extreme version of polo has spread to Thailand, England, and Scotland. America has yet to jump on the bandwagon -- or rather the trunk.

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7. Dwarf Tossing

Sadly, dwarf tossing is exactly what it sounds like. Little people dressed in padded clothing and helmets are tossed by a burly beaded man. The person who throws the little person the furthest wins. It's about as politically incorrect as they come.

6. Worm Charming

Originally, this was just a way to get worms from the ground and onto a fishing pole hook. But at some point, probably after a few six-packs, this hobby turned into a competitive sport. Now, there are competitions to see who can use their wits and charms to get the most worms in their bucket.

5. Canine Freestyle Dancing

Parents are enrolling their children in dance classes and sports all time, so it only makes sense that dog parents are doing it too. This sport tests a pup's obedience, creativity and rhythm. Canine Freestyle came to be in 1989 and has made for a tail-wagging good time all over the world.

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4. Extreme Ironing

Apparently, society is bored enough to make tidying up your Sunday's best into a sport. Some Extreme Ironing athletes, and we use this word liberally, claim this sport is one of the most grueling activities they have ever done. The creator of Extreme Ironing, Phil Shaw (AKA: Steam), ran the Hasting half marathon in 2012 with an ironing board strapped to his chest while straightening his unmentionables all the way to the finish line.

3. Joggling

You may have caught this wacky sport -- in which juggling and jogging have been united -- on TV last summer during the Olympic Games in London. One of the world record holders, Scott Anthony, lives in Colorado Springs. Colorado's got talent.

2. Zorbing

New Zealander's were just so jealous of their hampsters; they decided they wanted in on the fun. There are two types of orbs that are rolled down a half mile slope, one orb has a harness for stability and the other is a free for all. Zorbing has made its way to the United States, and there are sites open to the public in Tennessee and Massachusetts. Visit the Zorbing Facebook page to vote for a site to be built in Colorado.

1. Shin Kicking

The rules are simple: Grab your opponent's collar and kick them in the shin until they fall to the ground. Shin kicking, also known as hacking, has been referred to by some as a martial art. We aren't quite sure who those people are, but we are sure they must be drunk. Some mom was probably so secretly entertained by her kids kicking each other in the shins that she decided to turn it into an event.

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