Wait... the Lightsaber Combat League Is Real?By: Grant Marek
Remember when you were a kid, how your mom would get a bunch of wrapping paper during Christmas time and you'd very carefully pull two cardboard tubes out of the inside of the wrapping paper rolls when she wasn't looking -- one for you, and one for your brother -- and then proceed to have a Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker-caliber fight with the cardboard lightsabers until they finally ripped?
Well, this is kinda like the grown-up version of a nerdy version of that.
It's called a Lightsaber Combat League, and features a bunch of grown men putting on far too much body armor and fighting other dudes with toy lightsabers.
There are a surprising number of regulations for this thing -- you can wield a long, short, or double polycarbonate lightsaber, but only if it meets all of the length and width requirements, "the combat arena for official competitions can be rectangular or circular, no other shapes are allowed" (DON'T YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, TRIANGLES) and real-life competition judges oversee every bout, which you score points in by hitting anyone in any area that isn't their arm or leg. First to score a certain number of points wins.
If you REALLY wanna read all the rules you can do that here.
And if you REALLY wanna participate -- they do competitions in nearly all 50 states -- you can do that here.
And if you REALLY don't wanna do either of those things and would instead just watch an awesome video about a new sport called Rope Swing Beer Pong, you can do that here.