Did you know that mobile phone throwing is a national sport in Finland?

Did you know that mobile phone throwing is a national sport in Finland?
Most of us, attentive and caring smartphone users, go to great lengths to protect our gadgets from harm. We buy armor cases and tempered glass screen protectors. We grip our smartphones with the force of an angered Darth Vader choke-holding a guilty imperial officer. And yet, here are the fine and ever so slightly withdrawn people from Finland doing something completely counter-intuitive — turning phone destruction into competitive sports! We're not even joking, welcome to the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships! Since 2000, the town of Savonlinna in the southeast of Finland has been the host of this technologically brutish event, with other countries in Europe hosting their own national competitions as the years came and went by.

So, what's the big idea? Well, you come to throw away your frustrations and your aging phone, and compete with other athletes for the maximum distance reached! Meanwhile, the local recycling center who's been partnering with the organizers collects all the toxic waste to repurpose it for something good. Most sensibly, attendees and athletes could also buy a new phone at the event. And there are prizes, of course! The first prize is, predictably, a new handset — one that's probably to be smashed to bits next year.

As with any organized sports event, phone throwing is governed by specialized rules. The organizer provides official WC mobile phones that are used in Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships. There are all kinds of brands and models to choose from. Every contestant can choose the best fitting phone for him/her. During the throw the competitor must stay within the throwing area. If the thrower steps over the area, the throw will be disqualified. The phone must land within the marked throwing sector. The official jury of the competition will accept or disqualify the throw. The jury’s decisions cannot be protested. Period.

Also, there are no doping tests. However, the jury can rule out the contestant if his/her mental or physical preparedness is not adequate for full a performance. Contestants can also be excluded from the championships if they are considered to be a danger for themselves, other contestants, or to the public.

Mobile phone throwing also has its Hall Of Fame. In August 2013, the three winners in men’s category were all from Finland. The longest throw was 97,73 metres, and the winner was Riku Haverinen. The second longest throw was 87,88 metres, done by Ilkka Aaltonen. Third was Otto Sammalisto and his throw was 86,09 m. Åsa Lundgren from Sweden was the winner in women’s category. She threw the phone 40,41 metres after just a few times practicing! Second was Louise Van De Ginste, a throw of 39.88 metres. Third was Finnish Tanja Pakarinen with a throw of 36,69 metres. How about that?


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22 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

No wonder Nokia phones are built to last.

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Beat me to it. Or maybe the sport developed to see if anyone could bust a Nokia 3310.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Heavy phones will go far away.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Any 12+ year old Nokia will fly like a bullet, and probably hurt more if it hits you.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

best part is all the phones in the pic will not brake on impact hahahaha, i love the brick the 2nd guy is about to toss.

2. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I want to participate my Sonim XP7 would be perfect for this!

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Blasphemer.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

i want to throw all the iphone parts i have left over and mostly my old sprint/nextel ic902

4. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Can i participate with my iPhone 6s plus

5. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Or maybe with my Motorola DynaTac

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Throw it like a Frisbee and it will go farther... But of course, this only applies to slim yet large phones.

12. Lovejoy

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

There could actually be an idea for a totally new sports, phablet/tablet golf. Basically would be just like frisbee golf, but the frisbee would be replaced with phablet or tablet.

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

that would be a lot more fun then watching golf

10. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

these cruel! mean! people!

11. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Naomi Campbell needs to go here and join this competition.

13. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

If 3310's are allowed in, then it should be considered an extreme sport !

16. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

land of nokia, so no wonder

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Better look out! When I toss this Nokia 1020

18. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I am sure there is people who would love to buy these phones and fix it (or take several parts and put them in another device) to sell it, use it or being owned to a phone collector.

19. Gorilla

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Im sure nokia are the ones secretly hosting these competitions, Its A Conspiracy I Tell You!

24. Riymod007

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 10, 2015

When My Samsung Galaxy Tab S & Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets slower to work, I feel throw them to South Korea on The Head of Samsung CEO....Really!!! The Worst Devices I ever used !!!

25. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

My favorite part of the story: Also, there are no doping tests. However, the jury can rule out the contestant if his/her mental or physical preparedness is not adequate for full a performance. Contestants can also be excluded from the championships if they are considered to be a danger for themselves, other contestants, or to the public.

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