To Toss a Possum or Not?

In New Zealand, that is the question. Just last September the BBC World News front page featured a headline that read like something out of The Onion: “Row Over NZ Possum Tossing Contest.”

The contest occurred at a local NZ elementary school…after all, what third grader doesn’t want to toss a possum during recess? For the animal-tossing uncultured among us, a possum-tossing contest entails the following: one, catching and humanely killing possums; two, tossing them as far as you can. That’s about it. See the video below for an example.  Sounds like a normal Sunday for me…

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