Nov 12, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT
It’s a sport reminiscent of the training exercises in the novel Ender’s Game (and if you haven’t read that, you should) … a 60-year-old Japanese military tradition called Bo-Taoshi. That word is Japanese for “Ow! My spine!”
Because you never know when another country will invade and ruthlessly try to topple your telephone poles, the Japanese military has invented this sport for its cadets. The rules are simple: There are 150 men on each team. Seventy-five men defend their team’s pole, while the other 75 try to pull down the opponents’ pole. (“Call for Dr. Freud. Dr. Freud, white courtesy phone …”).
This is done by any means necessary, and as you can see below, the mayhem is brutal, and of course stupid. A winning strategy usually involves running up the backs of your teammates and launching yourself at the enemy pole.
Or as they called it at my high school, Free Taco Day.
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