Ear pull

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Ear pull match at the 2008 World Eskimo Indian Olympics

The ear pull is a traditional Inuit game which tests the competitors' ability to endure pain.[1] In the ear pull, two competitors sit facing each other, their legs straddled and interlocked. A two-foot-long loop of string, similar to a thick, waxed dental floss, is looped behind their ears, connecting right ear to right ear, or left ear to left ear.[1] The competitors then pull upon the opposing ear using their own ear until the cord comes free or the opponent quits from the pain.[1] The game has been omitted from some Arctic sports competitions due to safety concerns and the squeamishness of spectators;[2][3] the event can cause bleeding and competitors sometimes require stitches.[1]


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