Thursday, February 14, 2013

What is a planing competition?



Here at Digital Diner, we try to bring you the unusual items that you might not learn about elsewhere.  It may seem difficult to top such great topics as windless kite flying, but I think this will give it a run for its money.  The 'sport' is wood planing.  That's right, the sport of making wood extremely straight.  Apparently, in Japan they have an annual competition to see how thin a slice of wood you can plane off of a board.  The answer appears to be 9 microns.  Take a look at the video for yourself and see what you think.  Could it be the next big spectator sport here in the US?  I'm thinking that it could get its own TV show and professional league.  I think it would end up much like "sawing for teens" from one of my favorite animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada called "The Big Snit"


What do you think?