Hornussen is one of Switzerland���s quirkier national sports. Popular among devotees since the 19th century, especially in the Mittelland region, it remains a mystery even to many Swiss. The game involves two teams and a little black object called the Hornuss (���hornet���) weighing just 78 grams. Members of one team take turns to strike the Hornuss into the field. Each member of the opposing team is equipped with a ���Schindel���, shaped like an oversized baker���s bread-shovel. As the Hornuss buzzes through the air at high speed, the fielders attempt to intercept it with a well-aimed throw of the Schindel. You can have a go at the intriguing game yourself in Hergiswil bei Willisau, where novices are also welcome.