An event I am pleased to cover every year.
On Monday afternoon several hundred Navy plebes worked together to scale a 21-foot obelisk slicked with lard on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. It is a thrilling event. The fact that a gaggle of young, fit men rip their shirts off and scale a lard-covered monument while climbing on top of each other is enough to accelerate my heart rate.
This is an annual tradition. Plebes, at the end of their first year at the academy, must replace an underclassman’s “dixie cup” hat at the top of the monument with an upperclassman’s hat. Only then can they begin their summer.
And without further adieu, here is the event via The Washington Post:
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