Despite the many similarities between the two countries, the United States and the United Kingdom still have plenty of differences, especially in the world of sport. For instance, the British play football with their feet. Meanwhile, in our version, Americans barely use their feet at all – a fact that earns American football plenty of ridicule across the pond. But for those in the States looking for a way to jibe those back in England, here’s something we can be proud of: We don’t have a competition where you chase a nine-pound wheel of cheese down a muddy 200-yard embankment.
Over the weekend, competitors did that exact cheese chase during the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling challenge in the English county of Gloucester, participating in an event that started way back in 1826. The event sounds ridiculous, and video, in fact, confirms that it is. Dozens of people struggle to stand upright (and inevitably fail) as they follow a wheel of double Gloucester down a wet, grassy hill while thousands watch and jeer them on from the sidelines.