I saw this tweet doing the rounds recently:
Meanwhile in Russia…the 'male slapping championships' took place in Krasnoyarsk. The winner, Vasiliy Kamotskiy (left) took home 30,000 rubles (£350) 👏🇷🇺pic.twitter.com/aXQkMkmbd6— Danny Armstrong (@DannyWArmstrong) March 19, 2019
And, well, because these days I’m living in a strange daze of paralysing existential ennui alternating with apocalyptic climate anxiety and a fear of a rising fascist international, I couldn’t help but think: ‘Huh. Weird. Cool. Weird but cool I guess.’
Here’s a longer version:
And questions abounded:
How has this one bloke managed to get himself to such a ridiculously higher level of slapping power such that he makes the other grown men’s efforts look like that of toddlers? I mean, I know he’s clearly got a lot of mass behind that swing, but nevertheless, what a uniquely specific skill.
Shouldn’t there be weight classes? In such a clearly well regulated and monitored, prestigious sport?
Why do they need to be topless?
These. Are. The. Things. I. Need. To. Know.
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