New world record set at mobile-phone throwing contest

August 19, 2012

A Finnish teenager has smashed the world record -- and probably his phone -- in this year's annual mobile-phone throwing contest in Finland.

Eighteen-year-old Ere Karjalainen launched a phone the "amazing" distance of 101.46 metres (332 feet 10 inches), Finnish public television network YLE said after Saturday's event.

Second place went to South African Jeremy Gallop, who threw a phone 94.67 metres.

According to contest organisers, the competition offers a unique opportunity to "pay back all the frustrations and disappointments caused by these modern equipments."

Finland is the home of Nokia and is awash in obsolete phones, organisers said.

"There will be no doping tests," organisers said on their English website.

"However the jury can rule out the contestant if his/her mental or physical preparedness is not adequate for full a performance."

The event has been held in the southeastern town of Savonlinna since 2000.

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not rated yet Aug 19, 2012
That's actually very close to the best olympic javelin throws at 104.80 meters, and much more than what they can throw with the re-designed olympic javelin.
not rated yet Aug 20, 2012
It's what I'd like to do to some people's phones. By that I mean like talking very loudly in a confined and crowded space such as on a train. Or being disruptive during a movie by not turning them off or at least to vibrate, and then answering them then and there. What's worse is that these are usually the same people who become even ruder and more obnoxious when they are asked to quieten down...
Cheers, DH66
3 / 5 (2) Aug 20, 2012
Hey DH66, dontcha wish in those moments that theaters still had balconies that you could sit in....and the miscreant was as luck would have it, just under the balcony rail......and yu had just drank a gallon of beer about, say, an hour ago....and you had an empty stein handy.......! Awww, shame on you, but bet it was fun wuzzent it.

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