Competitors at a British pub take their seats at the table for the 38th World Toe Wrestling Championships. Tara Cleary reports.
REPORTER: Something's afoot at the Bentley Brook Inn in Derbyshire, England. It's the 38th World Toe Wrestling Championships. Event organizer, Edward Allingham says it's similar to arm wrestling … but not.
EVENT ORGANIZER, EDWARD ALLINGHAM: "You've just got to get the other person's ankle to touch the toes that touch the side of the board."
REPORTER: Easier said than done, judging by the painful expressions on contestants' faces. And though toes are on the board, tongues are firmly in cheeks.
FEMALE SPECTATOR: "We've had sports psychologists talking to our toes. We've done some stamina training, flexibility training, and agility training."
REPORTER: The winning woman was Rebecca "Camille Toe" Beech and the man with the most dominant digits was Alan 'Nasty' Nash, who had some cracking good advice.
ALAN 'NASTY' NASH: "I prefer the long toes coming up against me because they snap easier."
REPORTER: The first competition was held in 1976, as a way to find a new sport for Britain to dominate. And after all these years of toes in sweaty combat, there's definitely a smell … of success.
1. To go/stand/fight etc toe-to-toe (with someone) means to argue or fight with someone in a very determined way. • Samsung Galaxy F may go toe-to-toe with iPhone 6 come September.
2. If something is afoot, it is being planned, or starting to happen. • Plans are afoot to build a new leisure complex. And, of course, you have toes on your foot.
3. Tongue-in-cheek describes something intended to be humorous and not meant seriously. • The critic's remarks of praise were uttered strictly tongue-in-cheek.
4. Cracking means very good. • That was a cracking party. And Alan 'Nasty' Nash likes cracking (i.e., breaking) other people's toes.
5. The smell of success is the feeling of success. • We have yet to experience the smell of success. And, of course, sweaty toes smell!