Cheese-rolling, Gloucestershire, England
No one is exactly sure how or why it became a tradition to chase a wheel of cheese down Cooper’s Hill each May. Some speculate this celebration has its roots in Pagan traditions of rolling objects down the hill as part of a fertility rite. What we do know is that cheese has been rolled down the hill since the 15th century, and that groups of men, women and children compete to catch it (or at least be the first to cross the finish line).
Cooper’s Hill is steep and uneven, so this tradition does have its share of injuries, including sprained angles, broken bones and even concussions. Check out the video above to see last year’s race in action.
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