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Dog Throws Phone, and Wins

Tue Sep 2, 2008 - 9:08 AM EDT - By Jay Gross

We all vent our rage on inanimate objects sometimes, and next time you get mad at your cell phone, you could get in some practice for the World Championship Mobile Phone Throwing contest. But the competition is beastly. This year's champion thrower in the "freestyle" category is a dog.

According to the event's official (English) website:

For the very first time in Mobile Phone Throwing history the winner is from animal world. The winner is Cara dog and Cara's owner Ulle Tonov, Estonia. Cara threw 30 centimetres, but luckily for her only style matters in this category. Cara got full points from the judges.

That's a throw of only about a foot, but it's the style that counts. Only the style. Estonian and Finnish contestants dominated the winners in the other categories, with Estonian Timmo Lilium taking the men's title with a throw of 85 meters (about 279 feet). The all-time champion is still Mikko Lampi from Finland whose 2005 phone throw was 94.97 meters – a whopping 311.58 feet. Now that's phone rage!

Naturally, the World Championship in Finland is preceded by national championships, and there are strict rules about conduct and judging. Next year's contest, the 11th Annual, will be August 22, 2009 in Punkaharju, in the tourism-worthy Savonlinna region. Start practicing now!

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