The World Gurning Championships: the ugliest face wins!

The World Gurning Championships took place on Sept 15 this year as part of the Egremont Crab Fair in England, an age-old tradition since medieval times. Basically it involves participants squishing and pulling their face into the most extraordinarily ugliest expression possible.

Of the event, one of the organisers said: ‘It’s really the degree to which your face changes. If you’re ugly to start with and just get a little bit uglier it’s not as good as if you’re beautiful to start with and make yourself really ugly.’ Graphic designer Helen Irving from Killingworth won this year.

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