Summer Sports reminds us how weird sports are


Badminton: it's like tennis, except the racquet is smaller and the ball doesn't work. What is the deal with badminton? Who decided that a racquetball would be better with a tail?

Horseshoes is an equally bizarre game. At some point in history, someone saw a pile of metal things made to nailed to horses' hooves and thought "Hey, I bet it would be fun to throw those at a pole!" Now, specialized horseshoes are made specifically for being thrown at a pole.

Summer Sports includes both of these freaky pastimes. A video of the horseshoes game in action follows.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.