Underwater basket weaving
Underwater basket weaving is a professional sport where athletes must submerge themselves underwater, and weave as many baskets as possible in a set amount of time. One of the most notable groups who participate in this sport is the Underwater Basket Weaving Club (UBWC).
The Underwater Basket Weaving Club was formed in 1984 by former president Richard Nixon, who in addition to politics, enjoyed basket weaving while submerged in water. Nixon was quoted of saying that forming the Club was his "biggest regret... even in comparison to that other thing."
The UBWC currently has 15,203 members in forty different countries. Membership is gained by mail or through the Club's website. The only requirement of membership is proof that you have weaved at least one basket while underwater, no matter the quality.
- Richard Nixon
- The first Old Spice commercial guy... not Terry Crews
- Three of the four regular line judges at Wimbledon
- Don Pardo, the announcer guy on Saturday Night Live
Underwater basket weaving in popular culture
Underwater basket weaving has been in the public eye since baskets were ever weaved under water. In fact, before creative differences with the record company, The Beatles' hit album "Yellow Submarine" was supposed to be an album-tribute to the sport. Still, they hold it near and dear to their hearts.
Additionally, the original cut of the film Citizen Kane featured a twenty minute long underwater basket weaving sequence, but it was cut for time.
- Get underwater
- Do everything you would do for weaving a normal basket, except remaining underwater.