World's Strangest Sports

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Wall of Death, India

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Fasten your seatbelts. This national sport requires only a barrel-shaped track and drivers with nerves of steel. Popularized by American carnivals in the 1920s and exported shortly after, this man-versus-gravity spectacle has been embraced by citizens of the subcontinent ever since. Drivers race cars and motorbikes inside the near-vertical barrel, nonchalantly climbing out of windows, sitting on roofs, and riding bikes without hands (back in the day, some even went so far as to pop a bear or lion in the sidecar). The winner, of course, is anyone who manages to survive.

World’s Strangest Sports

World's Strangest Sports

Wall of Death, India

Fasten your seatbelts. This national sport requires only a barrel-shaped track and drivers with nerves of steel. Popularized by American carnivals in the 1920s and exported shortly after, this man-versus-gravity spectacle has been embraced by citizens of the subcontinent ever since. Drivers race cars and motorbikes inside the near-vertical barrel, nonchalantly climbing out of windows, sitting on roofs, and riding bikes without hands (back in the day, some even went so far as to pop a bear or lion in the sidecar). The winner, of course, is anyone who manages to survive.

World’s Strangest Sports

World's Strangest Sports

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