8lb. block of cheese used for rollingHow much this really has to do with food, I couldn't tell ya. Except the prize is 8lbs. of cheese.
I'm talking about the 2008 Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling. It just doesn't get much weirder. The annual UK tradition of chasing cheese down a deadly steep hill took place on Monday at Cooper's Hill. The official website has this to say about last year's first place winner:
Christopher Anderson, 20, was stretchered off wearing a neck brace on a spinal board after hurting his back as he finished head over heels.That's right, he could have been paralyzed for trying to win cheese. This year's winner is Tony Hanks, the local postman. I don't know his medical status.
Here's how the race works:
- First, the MC counts to four.
- Then, the guest roller releases the heavy wheel of cheese and it goes flying down the hill.
- Then, and borrowing the website's own dramatic words, "The competitors hurl themselves [Marni thinks to herself: OMG!! OUCH!] down the slope after the cheese."
- And finally, the cheese is awarded to the first competitor to reach the foot of the hill.
Take a look at this rolly-polly video of the event.
Is this not the cheesiest festival you've ever seen in your life? ;)