Did you know: the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships is an annual event; world record stands at over 300 feet

Did you know: the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships is an annual event; world record stands at over 300 feet
Have you ever had the urge to throw your cell phone at something (or someone), be it out of frustration or for any other reason? Well, whoever came up with the idea of having a phone throwing competition is probably familiar with that feeling. It all started back in 2000, when the first event of this kind took place in Savonlinna, Finland. Organizer was a local translation company which had partnered up with a recycling center for taking care of the waste. Since then, phone throwing contests are being held in the town every year, and others seem to have noticed.

Similar phone throwing contests have been organized in several other places across Europe, including Belgium, Spain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The UK has had its own event every August since 2005. As for the US, the town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, has been a host a couple of times, with Family Wireless being the competition's sponsor. Savonlinna, however, is where the World Championships take place.

The rules of a Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are pretty self explanatory. In the "original" category, a competitor needs to throw a handset as far as possible – the one who throws it the furthest is the winner. Throws can be performed either individually, or as a team of no more than 3 people, and the team members' scores are summed up. There is also the "freestyle" category where contestants are judged on their style as they perform the throw. Lastly, there's the "junior" category for children 12 years and under. Here it is the length of the throw that counts.

Chris Hughff currently holds the record for longest phone throw with a result of 336.9 feet (102.68 meters). He set in 2012, at the same time beating the previous record of 314.4 feet (95.83 meters), which was also set by him. The women's world record is 175.6 feet (53.52 meters), set by Jan Singleton in August of August 2006. 

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22 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

I bet the record holder threw a WP. Explains everything.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I don't think so. If he did he would most likely throw a Nokia and the world hasn't been pulverized yet.

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Maybe he/she threw a fruit... maybe an Apple.

5. Sauce unregistered

And the award for most originality goes tooooo.. Nokian NokiaFTL :D

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

NokiaFTL ?

9. Sauce unregistered

Use your brain. Keep feeding me :P You can't resist.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

^this sounds wrong dude!

13. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Work it, troll... work it! Nothing like watching a good troll do it right.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You mean Nokia for the lose

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol FTL, WTF also works you know...

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I shouldn't have replied. I shouldn't keep on feeding the trolls. I take this comment back.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao +1

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31273; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That Chris guy should be playing center field in the majors, with a cannon like that. He could throw someone out at home plate, from deep center if he's accurate.

8. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

You're not kidding there. That is a BOMB of a throw. Even though I'm sure he's throwing something wide and thin for a discus effect. I'd like to see what device they are throwing and if they are functional or have been modified internally.

11. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

here are the official rules: The sponsor provides the phones used in the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships. There are many different kinds of phones to choose from, weight between 220g to 400g. Every Competitor can choose between any of the phones that are provided. 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. Also there is no dope testing but if the Jury believes the competitor is not mentally or physically able to throw they will not let them. The jury’s decisions are also final and cannot be protested. Rules for Juniors: Traditional over the shoulder throw Only for children 12 years and under (ID must be presented if asked) The one who can throw it the farthest is the winner, one throw per competitor Rules for Freestyle: No age limits Team and individual series, teams can comprise from men or women, max. 3 people per team the style and aesthetics will be judge. The overall appearance is crucial, the jury of 3 will judge the performance, grading is from 1 to 6 points the competitor with the highest score wins, one throw per competitor. Rules for Original: Traditional over the shoulder throw is just the length of the throw counts, the one who can throw the mobile phone the furthest is the winner, one throw per competitor, own series for men and women Rules for Team Original: Traditional over the shoulder throw Max. 3 persons per team. Teams can either be men or women, team members' scores will be summed up and the highest score wins one throw per competitor

12. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"I turned my phone into Airplane Mode and threw it at Mobile Throwing World Championship. Worst.. Transformer.. EVER"

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I sort of wish that I had thrown my old Nokia 6010 instead of recycling it. It would have worked really good for that.

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wonder what the phone choices are. Could an LG G Flex work like a semi-boomerang, and win on total distance flown rather than distance from thrower? (not serious, it wouldn't work)

16. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It was a nice thought, though.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Stress management contest.

19. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

If the phones thrown were a nokia 3310 then we'd be f*cked

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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