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.
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
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