Estonia Sweeps Mobile Phone Throwing Contest

The 9th Annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship just took place in Estonia. The winner in the men's category was an Estonian, who hurled his handset about 280 feet. The women's champion — also an Estonian — chucked hers 135 feet. The sport comes from Finland, which has a long history of javelin throwing.

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And today's last word in business involves a novel way to recycle your mobile phone - throw it. Not throw it out, just throw it as far as you can. The Ninth Annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship just took place in Estonia. The winner in the men's category was an Estonian who hurled his handset about 280 feet. The women's champion chucked hers 135 feet. She is also an Estonian. What happened to the Chinese team?

Anyway, the sport actually comes from Finland, which has a long history of javelin throwing. One Finnish writer calls this new sport a symbolic mental liberation from the restraining yoke of being constantly within reach of this BlackBerry, which I'm hefting in my hand and thinking.

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