The town of Au Claire in Michigan, USA, is known as the cherry pip spitting capital of the world. The world record for spitting a cherry pip is 93ft 6.5in, set by Rick Krause of Michigan in 2003. Rick's son Matt Krause won the Eau Claire "Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship", with a spit of 41ft 6.5in into a headwind. According to the official rules of the contest "Contestants' hands must remain below the shoulders (to avoid popping one's cheeks)".
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.