Things that make you go hmmmmm….

Cup stacking. Air guitar. Extreme ironing. Worm charming. These are all extraordinary competitions that actually exist. People train to be good at these events and hold a championship for it. A co-worker was trolling the ‘net for oddities and ideas when she came across a really interesting blog that she suggested I read. Buried in the animated screen was something that piqued my interest: pen spinning. Yes. Pen spinning.

Seeing as though I write a blog about office supplies and how they factor into our lives, I had to see it. Whoa. First off, if you have no idea what it is, I’ve included a convenient YouTube link to it, which you can find here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q7s4E94-No

Japan has a Pen Spinning Association. There are special pens that you can buy. There is even a Wiki for it. I used to be a baton twirler, but I don’t think I have the dexterity in my fingers to do with a pen what I did with a baton! I watched the video and I couldn’t keep up! The pens are flying through their fingers so fast that I don’t know how they don’t spin away and hit someone in the face. Which is what would happen if I tried it. It reminds me of the people who can roll a coin across their knuckles. The coordination it takes to do that astounds me, and I always considered myself a coordinated person (don’t ask my husband about that though).

Watching these people spin their pens made my head spin. And the championships are televised in Japan. What’s next for pen spinning? World Championships? The Olympics? And to think we used to make fun of curling, but that actually made it into the Olympic games. Let’s hope that worm charming doesn’t follow in its footsteps.

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