Is beard-growing weird? Most definitely. Is it a sport? Well, I guess that depends upon your perspective. Do beardos think beard-growing is a sport? Yes. Yes they do. And thatâ€™s why it piqued my interest.
Iâ€™m a photographer. Iâ€™ve spent years documenting a vast subculture of fun and quirky spinoff sports I call, appropriately, Weird Sports. Perhaps it should be called â€śI love all sports and I love all those who love sports,â€ť but that doesnâ€™t exactly roll off the tongue. I could call it â€śFun sports,â€ť but that sounds weird.
So I call it Weird Sports, and Iâ€™ll be writing about them for Wired. Some of them are most definitely weird, in the â€śWho came up with this?â€ť kind of way. Coffin races and lingerie football come to mind. Others may seem mainstream but I consider them weird because of their fanatical subculture. Yeah, NASCAR, Iâ€™m looking at you.
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