Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Extreme wife-carrying

I've attended too many Korean weddings where the groom at some point traditionally carries the bride around the ceremonial wedding table a few times. But I had no idea the Finns take this ritual to a whole new level. The "Estonian Carry" is an invention of athletic genius, so intuitive too. Raise the woman's hips (center of gravity) higher to gain improved stability and ease of movement. It's right out of the backpacking textbook. Even more ingenius is the prize: the wife's weight in beer.