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Getting carried away

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In case you haven't noticed, we live in a very strange world. And if you happen to be in Sonkajärvi, Finland, on the 4th of July, you'll know it for sure. Brace yourself for the World Wife Carrying Championships.

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It's almost surreal but the event is basically a relay race for brawny men and their over-the-shoulder wives. The prize? Their wives' weight in beer. 

Everyone is invited to compete, but the minimum weight for the wife is 49 kilos. 'If it is less,' say the organizers, 'the wife will be burdened with such a heavy rucksack that the total weight is 49 kilos.'

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If you're thinking of competing, here are some other points to consider: 'Generally the best wife is the wife of one’s own, all the more if she is harmonious, gentle and able to keep her balance while riding on the shoulders of her man.'

'There are four customary styles to carry the wife: the traditional piggyback, the wife dangling upside down on the carrier’s back, thrown over on the shoulder and crosswise on the carrier’s shoulders. The style is free. You may also create a new personal style of your own.'

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'You can sense the excitement in the air during the wife carrying competition. The core of the race is made of a woman, a man and their relationship. The wife carrying and eroticism have a lot in common. Intuitive understanding of the signals sent by the partner and becoming one with the partner are essential in both of them – sometimes also whipping [huh?].'

'It is possible to train for the wife carrying competition everywhere in the middle of the daily routines: in the bath, in the super market, in the playground or in the body building centre. The wife carrying is good for your relationship.' Good to know. RM

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