The world's 10 weirdest festivals
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For most students, the thought of a festival conjures up thoughts of dirty wellies, questionable toilets and a lot of people crammed into one space listening to music they paid a hefty fee to hear. Different types of festivals might be considered more sedate: beer festivals, food festivals, jazz festivals. The ten festivals on this list fall don’t fall into either of these categories, and show just why people aren’t lying when they say ‘life would be boring if we were all the same’. Take a look at ten of the weirdest festivals around and see why… 1. La Tomatina. If being covered head to toe in tomatoes sounds more appealing that the British version of a festival, then head over to Buñol, Spain. Participants in this August festival throw tomatoes at each other for… well, just for fun really. Who needs a reason? 2. Testicle Festivals. Yes, you read that right, there isn’t just one of these wonderful festivals, there’s several. The oldest testicle festival – that is, festivals where the sole purpose is to consume battered or fried balls – is in Byron, Illinois, and features turkey testicles, but the idea was obviously such a success that you can chew on various types of testicles at several exclusive locations across the US. Oh, and if you’d like a real challenge, why not try the World Testicle Cooking Championship in Ozrem, Serbia? You’re welcome. 3. Cheese Rolling Festival. This one’s a bit closer to home – the annual cheese rolling contest at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire takes place on the late spring bank holiday Monday, and boasts that it attracts people from all over the world. Basically, a round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down a hill with a one second head start, and participants hurl themselves down after it, with the hope of being first over the finish line and proud owner of a new slab of cheese. Just don’t get in the way, because although Double Gloucester may seem tame, it can reach speeds of 70mph.
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