UNIT 5-READING

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Read the text and do the exercise.

Unusual competitions

Have you ever done anything crazy? Did you get an award for it? No? Well, here is something for you – crazy contests.

  • Air Guitar Playing

Air Guitar World Championships started in Finland in 1996. In this contest, the participants pretend to play the guitar. There are two rounds. In the first round, the participants choose their own song to play. In the second round, the organizers decide what song the contestant should play. All performers have to play alone. It is important that they play well and improvise well.

  • Wife Carrying

Wife-carrying competitions also come from Finland. In this sport, men carry their wives through a special track across sand, grass and water as fast as possible. The women must be at least 17 years old and must weigh at least 49 kilograms. The men can use different techniques. The winning couple get the woman’s weight in beer.

  • Pancake racing

On Pancake Day, pancake races are held all over the United Kingdom. The contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and run to the finishing line. During the race they have to toss the pancakes in the air and catch them. If men want to participate, they must dress up as housewives.

  • Mobile phone throwing

Mobile phone throwing competitions also started in Finland. In this sport participants throw mobile phones. It is important how far they throw them and how they throw them. The funnier their throw is the higher score they get. The prize for winning the world championship is a new mobile phone. Such events promote the recycling of mobile phones.

  • Are these sentences true or false?
True False
1        In the first competition contestants can play any instrument they like.
2        Women who weigh 60 kilograms aren’t allowed to participate in the wife carrying competition.
3        During the pancake race women must toss the pancakes and run at the same time.
4        The mobile throwing champion gets a new laptop.
5        All four competitions first started in Finland.
6        Men and women can participate in all for competitions.
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