Mobile phones take flight in Finland
Savonlinna in southeast Finland holds an annual Mobile Phone Throwing Competition in order to recycle old handsets and have a little fun in the process. (Sergey Mukhamedov)
Technology takes its toll on all of us from time to time, but the Finns have found an unconventional way to fight back.
As a way to work out the frustrations of modern life, the town of Savonlinna in southeast Finland holds an annual Mobile Phone Throwing Competition in order to recycle old handsets and have a little fun in the process.
While competitors cannot throw their own phones ― as much as they might like to sometimes ― the competition organisers provide hundreds of mobiles to choose from, all of which have been donated over the previous year and screened for safety. All kinds of models and brands are represented among the mobiles, which competitors then launch as far as possible from the throwing area. Last year’s winner Ere Karjalainen set a world record with his 101.46m throw, giving credit to drinking and practicing once as his preferred training methods.
Those without a strong throwing arm can enter the freestyle competition, during which the style and aesthetics of the throw are judged rather than the distance. A three-person jury gives scores from one to six, and the thrower with the highest number of points wins.
This year’s competition will be held on 24 August; sign-ups are still being accepted for five euros per person or two euros for children 12 and under. Once all the day’s phones have been thrown, what remains of the devices are taken to a specialised recycling centre so the batteries can be properly disposed of.