Human Curling

Human Curling was invented and produced by an organization called Obscure Games. Clearly that is not enough information. Hence, I quote from the article in the Pittsburgh City Paper (which I strongly urge you to read, because it’s fun and funny):

Here are the basic rules of Human Curling: You prop yourself in a wheeled office chair. You can kneel or sit, but once you’ve settled on a position, you have to stay there. Then you propel yourself forward, either by pushing yourself off a wall or with a running start. Or — why not? — a teammate can push you.

What else? Oh, yes: When your chair rolls into place, you dismount and stand still on your spot. When the opposing team rolls forward, you can tag moving players (disqualifying them), or you can shove your teammates onward.

And it’s all played on a basketball court.

This manifestly pointless game clearly tweaks the heart of silliness, carrying with it a vibe reminiscent of the herein-much-lauded Circle Rules Football, which is self-explanatory, insofar as both games were invented by the same people.

Which explains why Obscure Games is numbered amongst the deservingly few recipients of the coveted Defender of the Playful award.

Fear not, people of play, we are in good hands.


  1. Lily on July 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Oh wow, it was only a matter of time before people came up with rolly chair games. I’ve seen similar games played with shopping carts.

    Love and laughter,

  2. Shelly Immel on July 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    When I read the post’s title, I had a flash image of people sitting on cafeteria trays being shoved along iced-over streets. Mostly because no one in Central Texas owns a sled or any other snow toy, so when it snowed when I was in college, “borrowed” cafeteria trays were the sled of choice for the golf course hills.

    I must say, this sounds safer! Now if only I new of a Human Curling league in my neighborhood…

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