While in Botswana in 2014 we were introduced to the sport of
Impala Dung Spitting.
(I decided to be politically correct with the title)
Each contestant must finds his, or her,
own piece of impala dung before they can compete.
There is a lot of skill involved in the selection process alone.
Too fresh is not good. Dung needs to dry a bit.
Too old is too light and lots of sucking must be done
to re-hydrate it the optimal spitting weight.
So probably it is best to come along about
a week after the impala…if you get my drift.
Our guides demonstrated.
Leaning back to gain maximum trajectory.
then in one swift movement…
for added height and distance…
around the projectile and exhale…through one’s mouth!
mark your pellet.
Note the slightly different style.
Weight initially transferred to the back foot…
Still slightly bent knees..
and after a quick transference of weight
from back to front foot,
forward to gain trajectory and distance.
However, I think a draw would have been appropriate…
off their best spitting performance.
We could possibly turn this into an Olympic,
certainly an international event.
Sheep produce spit-able pellets,
as do rabbits and many other animals.
Just think of the headline
South Africa versus Australia
in the Dung Spitting test.