Entering the Sauna World Championships

Rick Reilly, a reporter for ESPN, entered the Sauna World Championship competition in Finland in 2007. In an excerpt from his book, Reilly describes his experience. It wasn't long before he realized he was in over his head.
You'd be amazed at how much fun it is to watch a grown man come apart like a $9 sweater. A Belarusian started out sane, just sitting there. Every 30 seconds a pitiless stream of water came out from a ceiling shower in the center of the sauna and splashed on the molten-hot rocks, creating a 100% humidity level in the room that would melt gold. About two minutes in our man started rocking a little. At three his eyes started blinking oddly. At four he began twitching. At five his eyes got huge. At six he started swallowing each breath like a gulp of scorching soup. Then he started glancing around wildly, as if to say to the others, Are you mad? Don't you see what's happening? They've locked us in a Crock-Pot! He started wiping his eyes and mouth. He moved his hands out toward his thighs to rub them, then realized that's not allowed and did so anyway, crazily, as though he were covered in lice. The judges flagged him once, then twice. Then he lurched for the door, and he was out.

And that was only the first heat. Link -via mental_floss

(Image credit: Heini Hiltunen)

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Read the article, one dude get covered in giant puss filled blisters, bleaaa. I think it was the same guy that lost the skin on his upper lip from breathing through his nose.

Im sure it's all about the bragging rights because the prize was pretty lame.
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