Friday Follies: The Annual Rolling of the Cheese

By June 3, 2005Friday Follies

In case the homework story below is too high-minded for you, here’s a story about the annual cheese rolling contest at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, England. The origins of the cheese race are unclear, they say, but it’s believed to have started several hundred years ago, possibly as a pagan festival to celebrate summer. Couldn’t they have just taken off their clothes and jumped in the lake?

In any event, as you’ll see from the story, the idea is that they chuck a 7 lb wedge of cheese down a very steep hill and then a horde of unintelligent men (and later, women) each take a step or two and then fall and tumble headlong down this hill, often at great peril and damage to themselves. Some manage to get to their feet again briefly, only to tumble headlong once again like so many projectiles down the hill. Any story that includes “among the injured” in the text is probably not a good one, at least not for the people involved.

In case you’re having a hard time visualizing all of this, don’t worry, here’s a link to a video of the festivities, for your viewing pleasure. There are other links in the story, above, as well.

Looking at this, we are left to ponder, is it any wonder we won the Revolution….?