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Old 06-08-2009, 12:57 PM   #31
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My favorite IotDs, if I may say so m'self, are the ones that capture some weird festival, like the Spanish Tomatino or Delaware's Punkin Chunkin. Of course these festivals may suffer from success, and so it may be a mixed blessing to publicize them. The best answer is to start more such festivals.
I just learned that there is an annual one on Easter Island called Haka Pei. It looks like it's every February. Painted natives riding logs down a long steep grassy hill.
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But the most amazing event is known as haka pei, the “banana slide.” Contestants slide down a steep hill while perched on two banana tree-trunks, lashed together. They lay face up on this contraption, their feet braced against a short crosspiece. The one who remains on his tree trunk and goes the farthest, wins. It is suicidal. The contestants wear only tiny hami, plus lots of feathers and body paint, and so they have no protection. Every year some participants end up in the island’s hospital with broken bones, or worse.
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:22 PM   #32
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:35 AM   #33
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I thought there were only about 5 trees left on Easter Island!
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:37 PM   #34
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The internet exposure has killed the cheese roll. At least for this year. It's been canceled for 2010 because it's become too popular and they haven't figured out how to handle the crowds. The attendance had gone from a couple hundred each year to tens of thousands last year, and they were expecting a lot more this year.

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my ACL and my rotator cuffs are wincing just watching that vid.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:29 PM   #36
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The internet exposure has killed the cheese roll. At least for this year. It's been canceled for 2010 because it's become too popular and they haven't figured out how to handle the crowds. The attendance had gone from a couple hundred each year to tens of thousands last year, and they were expecting a lot more this year.

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Old 03-15-2010, 12:51 PM   #37
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