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    Quick question on... sports, I guess.

    How would you call this in English?



    The Dutch word for it is carbidschieten. Essentially, you shoot footballs from a milkcan.

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    Shooting footballs out of milk cans, I'd guess. This looks rather Dutch in itself.

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    I was thinking it's a lot like this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spud_gun
    http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spud_gun

    but then came across this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium_carbide

    It is still used in the Netherlands for a traditional custom called Carbidschieten (Shooting Carbide). To create an explosion, carbide and water are put in a milk churn with a lid. Ignition is usually done with a torch. Some villages in the Netherlands fire multiple milk churns in a row as a New Year's Eve tradition.[13] The tradition comes from an old pagan religious practice intended to chase off spirits.[citation needed]
    Seeing how the name seems to be derived of the chemical process, Carbide Shooting/Shooting Carbide seems accurate enough.

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    I wouldn't call it a "sport". It's a fun activity for silly boys who like to blow their hands off.
    We did it in our youth, but I think it is not legal outside of shooting clubs anymore (at least here in Germany)
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    We, uh... We don't do that here... We're probably not smart enough as a nation to figure out how, so we just light fireworks and throw them at each other.

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    I'd call it 1/3 of redneck 4th of july, just toss in some bottle rockets
    and sparklers...and a bunch of alcohol... :P

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    I'd consider it a sport if it involved holding and aiming the thing... like archery or shooting. I mean, those at least involve body control to increase your accuracy.

    Or have a guy try to catch the footballs.

    Shooting a cannon isn't a sport.
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    I'd just call it bizarre.
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    Insane? I'm going with insane.

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    And then some people wonder who'd use flintlocks when there are gatling guns around. These guys are re-inventing cannons.
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