Best New Sport: Throwing $5,000 Computers

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Throwing the hammer or the javelin might have made sense in ancient times, but we don't live in ancient times. We live in the modern times with modern things to chuck around. You know, like computer servers.

Recently, tech company Speedlink Japan held its Engineer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The point of the competition is to "liven up the engineering industry" by having engineers from different companies competing in various athletic events, the most interesting of which was the "Server Toss."

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As website Netorabo points out, the engineers attempted to see who could throw computer servers, which weigh between 20 and 30 kilograms, the furthest.

While each server costs around five thousand bucks, do realize that, as Netorabo points out, these are servers that can no longer be used. So, yeah, they're apparently not throwing new, working hardware around.

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In the clip below, you can see a server toss in action. Is it too late to get this in the next summer Olympics?

1台50万円のサーバーを投げます。うりゃぁああああ! とりゃぁあああああああああ! [ねとらぼ]

Photos: ねとらぼ

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DISCUSSION

Those appear to be hollow server racks, it seems they took out the major useful components, like the hardrives, memory and/or processor. It would weigh a lot more than it looks like it does by how it moves in the air and lands, if it was a complete server module.