Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Anyone up for a lawn mower race?
Oh, the things I find when I'm supposed to be doing homework. I found out that there is such a thing as lawn mower racing from watching the news last summer, so I remembered it today and decided to look it up. According to Wikipedia, there are many actual racing competitions and even a U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association. I think this might just be one of those times when I'm proud of our society :P
I don't know about anybody else, but I remember as a little kid riding around in the lawn mower with my dad while he mowed the lawn, and asking him to drive faster. Now that I can actually drive it myself (the joys of being a northern country girl) I might just take our beloved lawn mower and go for a spin now.
The best part of my research? The Wikipedia explanation: "The sport was independently "invented" in 1973 in The Cricketers Arms pub in Wisborough Green (not far from the town of Horsham) in West Sussex, England, UK, by a group of young men bemoaning the prohibitive costs of getting involved in any kind of motorsport."
I especially like that they used the word "bemoaning." Typical young guys: completely broke, but need something to do, so they go and invent a lawn mower racing league. Why are the English so damn cool?