As far back as the 15th century, people have been gathering at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester, England to chase a giant wheel of cheese in an incredibly dangerous manner. I’m sure there’s more to the history of this world-famous cheese-rolling competition, but I’m a man of brevity and care more about the figurative meat and potatoes of this particular story about the annual Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Race.
Despite the fact that police and lawmakers in Gloucestershire have tried to stop the cheese-rolling competition that now draws people from all over the world, and regardless of the efforts to scare cheesemakers into not supplying the wheels, this year’s race went off without a hitch, and I’m betting the merry, ol’ chaps behind this year’s event would like to go back in time and listen to the law.
That’s because a damned Yankee won.
American Kenny Rackers, who travelled more than 4,000 miles from Colorado Springs, won the main competition on Sunday.
The 27-year-old estate agent, who wore a US stars and stripes morph suit, said afterwards: ‘I came over specially for this and I did what I had to do to win.
‘It feels great, I trained a long time for this and got hurt on the hill practising. I came three days early and I took a bad spill, but I came to win and that’s what I did.’ (Via Metro UK)
Sorry, but I’m willing to bet that Rackers said, “Practicing” with a C because ‘MERICA. In fact, let’s push the squabbles over cultural spelling differences aside and celebrate this Memorial Day victory for the Stars and Stripes with a good, old-fashion USA dance party!