4 Bizarre Festivals That Prove Human Eccentricities Know No Limits

Every now and then, people like to get together as a collective unit and engage in excessive and generally questionable behavior. These events are usually known as festivals. Oftentimes, festivals are great opportunities to showcase local culture and traditions. The thing with local culture, though, is that it can appear quite strange to outsiders who simply “don’t get it”. But as the following festivals suggest, the confusion is entirely warranted.

El Colacho

Bizarre Festivals Colacho Jump

Best Adidas commercial ever
Source: The Guardian

Celebrated during the Corpus Christi feast near Burgos, Spain, this festival is known internationally by another name: baby jumping. The concept is relatively simple: mattresses are draped along the village’s main road. Babies are placed on those mattresses and then, naturally, men jump over them. Easy peasy!

Bizarre Festivals Top Down

Something to tell your therapist in 20 years
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Doing Yoga In An X-Ray Machine: A Study Of The Human Body

This incredible video was created by Hybrid Medical Animation, a group dedicated to the accurate depiction of the human body in dynamic, 3D images. A perfect digital rendering of a human skeleton, this video is meant to show the stress, cooperation, and grace of the human skeleton in motion.

Charles Bukowski, Uncensored

Grit, grime, booze and a relentless wit. Charles Bukowski’s style is without a doubt inimitable. Not known for self-censoring, here’s a 1993 conversation with the late poet on his writing and success. His thoughts? “I was blessed with a crappy life, that’s all.”

Immigrants Of New York: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Brighton Beach Waiter

Waiter at Café Volna Source: Tyler Bird

A neon hammer and sickle sign flickers in angry, vindictive red as soon as I exit the Brighton Beach subway stop in Brooklyn, New York. Except it’s not there to promote communism; it’s a flashy attempt to sell mid-grade booze. At first this strikes me as a bit odd, but then what is communism if not–like capitalism–one of the most enduring, elaborate and nastiest marketing campaigns this world has ever seen? Besides, I figure, it’s probably best not to try to make too much sense of everything I see today. After all, I am in Little Russia.

Brighton Beach Women

Source: Tyler Bird

Brighton Beach is Coney Island’s eccentric, slightly bedraggled aunt who thinks it’s funny to spike your 14-year-old cousin’s drink at the dinner table but then looks at you spitefully when you ask why he’s passed out at the table. Wizened 70-somethings sport gilded “Odessa” sailors’ hats while eating smoked herring at the boardwalk bar; babushkas in floral muumuus dot the well-worn street corners with a grimace chillier than the Cold War; battered and bruised men crowd around chess boards and toss half-empty beer cans to the ground not necessarily to dispose of them but perhaps to say—and loudly—“I am here”.

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