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Worm charming. Yes, you read that correctly. Worm. Charming. And it is a competitive “sport” or game.


In this event, competitors or “charmers” are given a plot of land. Usually, it’s a small plot of land, about nine feet by nine feet. The goal of the game is to “charm,” or extract, as many worms as possible from the ground in 30 minutes.

How in the heck does one “charm” worms to come out of the ground? Well, the most popular form of charming involves vibrating the soil, which in many cases brings the worms to the surface. Charmers also try to bring the worms out of the ground by playing music.

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The world record for worm charming belongs to Sophie Smith of the United Kingdom, who was just 10-years-old when she charmed a staggering 567 worms to the surface at the World Charming Championships in 2009. That broke the previous world record that was established 19 years before she was even born.

Sophie’s method involved sticking a pitchfork in the ground then hitting the top to cause vibrations in the dirt which brought the worms to the surface.

The World Worm Charming Championships first started in 1980 and became an annual event that celebrates the sport.

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