If your brain is tired from figuring out matchups in tomorrow's game, check this out.
There's no language in the world that sounds funnier to me than Dutch.
How do they not break anything?!
That was my reaction as well when I watched a bunch of fierljeppen videos. Seems at the minimum it would be a good way to blow out a knee. Maybe landing on the sand is what makes it less dangerous than it looks.
Nice. Maybe then we could flip Hjalte Froholdt from Arkansas if this was brought to UM.
I guess the Dutch have decided to focus everything on Fierljeppen and Speed Skating...and Levees
Of course, when it breaks they'll have no place to stay.
I know, they taught me to weep and moan.
You happened to be searching for Fierljeppen?
Funny video but they had a huge crowd.
Typical random internet discovery... saw it on Tumblr when I was looking at something else my daughter had sent me.
I used to do things like this when I was a kid, but my mom always made me stop. Now you tell me I could have been a contender.
The Dutch to English translation is "sport in which one jumps over ditches"
meinie stachleggen still schtegen"
Translated, I think that means
Look at that dumbass, climbing the pole, he's about to fall.
Being unfamiliar with Dutch*, at first I thought the Swedish Chef was doing the commentary.
*EDIT: if the comments under the YouTube video are correct, the video in the OP is in Frisian and not Dutch.
But wait, in all honesty that has got to be a very dangerous sport. Could you imagine if say that pole broke half way down with the sharp end sticking up, talk about sheesh -ka- Bob that would be the end of that man as well as the end of that "Sport"......
This is amazing. But what happens if they somehow make it past the sand? Do they just get to immediately retire to the Fierljeppen HOF and roll in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives? No disrespect to people in wheelchairs, but that would suck like crazy. Like... here you go. You're awesome at this sport. Now you can't walk ever again. Congrats!
But also funny.
I hate to say it, but I have actually heard of this before, but I knew it as "Pultstockspringen" because it is actually also played in Ostfriesland, a part of Lower Saxony on the German-Dutch border. There are leagues and tournaments supposedly, but the history is what you might think - this was a common way to cross canals back in the day.
Apparently, the canals in Arle are more difficult than others....
all I could hear is "Dennis Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp, DENNIS BERGKAMP!!"
I've found that if you ask a Korean person something like "Do you like zeevruchten?" about 95% will answer "Yeah, I love it!" or "No, not really." I think Dutch is close to what English sounds like to people who can't speak English.
Some of my most vivid memories of trips to The Netherlands in the 90s were commercials for Mentos and a guy I swear was MTV's Mark Goodman doing his VJ thing for an MTV-like channel in Holland. I had watched Goodman in the States during the 80s so to see what was otherwise familiar but completely spoken in Dutch (even "Goodman" who must have learned to speak it pretty damn well at some point if that was really him) made me think I was living in a parallel universe.
This sport: America is ready.
One shoe on, one bare foot. Interesting. Also, I wonder what the purpose is of the second guy chasing him onto the pole.