Cricket Spitting is a sport wherein contestants place a dead cricket in their mouth, and then spit it as far as they can. The contestant who can spit the cricket the farthest is declared the winner.
Cricket Spitting was developed in 1996 by entomologist Tom Turpin at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN as a competition for their annual Bug Bowl event, which brings over 30,000 people per year to their campus for a series of insect-related events and competitions. Since its creation, other universities have begun their own competitions, such as Pennsylvania State University who have hosted their own 'spit-off' since 1998.
The Guinness World Record for Cricket Spitting is currently 32 feet .5 inches (9.766 m) and is held by Dan Capps, from Madison, WI and was set in June 1998 in front of a live television audience. Unofficial records of over 38 feet have been noted at competitions.
Note: The ruleset is not fixed, and is subject to change or modification by organizations hosting their own competitions.
- The crickets are to be Brown House crickets (Acheta domesticus), weighing between 45 and 55 milligrams.
- Crickets should be previously frozen, then thawed for the record attempt.
- Contestants must spit within 20 seconds of placing the cricket in their mouth.
- The distance will be measured from the center of the edge of the spitting circle, to where the cricket comes to rest, using a measuring tape.
- Contestants must not step outside of the red circle they stand in.
- The cricket must be fully intact, and held fully in the mouth before the contestant may enter the spitting circle.
- The cricket must remain intact, and an official must check the spat cricket for six legs, four wings, and two antenna before the spit can be counted.