The town of Au Claire in Michigan, USA, is known as the cherry pip spitting capital of the world.
At the inaugural cricket-spitting contest in the town of Marshfield, Wisconsin, in 2009, Brian Johnsrud spat a dead cricket 22ft 8in. His son Jared Johnsrud then managed 10ft 5in to win the nine-to-11 age division. Mr Johnsrud said the key was to pick the biggest insect and take a deep breath before putting in your mouth, to avoid swallowing it.
A 2007 survey in Beijing showed that the city is making progress, with only 2.5 per cent of people spitting in public, down from 4.9 per cent in 2006.