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GURNING SPORT | Strange Sport Where The Ugliest Face In The World Gets A Championship Award

   
   

GURNING SPORT | Strange Sport Where The Ugliest Face In The World Gets A Championship Award

Gurn or chuck, in British English, is an extremely distorted and particular facial expression. A typical gurn involves projecting the lower jaw as far forward and up as possible and covering the upper lip with the lower lip.

GURNING SPORT | Strange Sport Where The Ugliest Face In The World Gets A Championship Award

Gurning Sport

   
   

This is an unusual sporting event where men and women compete for the World Gurning Championship making funny, grotesque faces.

Gurning competitions are thought to have originated in 1297 at the Egremont Crab Fair, in the UK, named after the crab apple, which are pretty sour. It makes sense then that as part of ‘Crab Fair’ in this part of the world they hold face-pulling competitions to see who can make the ugliest face.

This must be easier for some people, though they make it even easier to make a funny face by requiring you to also wear a horse collar at the same time. 

Gurning through a horse collar is known as “gurnin’ through a braffin’. A typical gurn involves projecting the lower jaw as far forward and up as possible and covering the upper lip with the lower lip

GURNING SPORT | Strange Sport Where The Ugliest Face In The World Gets A Championship Award

The competition is held in mid-September each year. England’s best-known gurner is Peter Jackman, who won the world championship four times from 1998, with a face called the “Bela Lugosi”.

   
   

Elsewhere in the world, there is the similar Mr. Ugly Competition in Zimbabwe, which requires a little more than pulling an ugly face, they are after men who are ‘naturally’ ugly!

   
   

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