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Afterward, the winner feasted on foie gras


From the Sydney Morning Herald comes news of yet another bizarre festival soon to be protested by PETA: "As part of the Basque San Antolin festival, a contestant in the 'Antzar Eguna' (Day of the Geese) competition attempts to decapitate a dead goose. The animal is suspended from a rope in the middle of the harbour and contestants have to hold onto the goose for as long as possible while being dunked in the sea by onshore spectators raising and lowering the rope."

The Cellar claims that previous versions of the contest involved live geese. And you thought conger-cudding was bad....