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Fight Against Maturity

Don’t forget the dramamine

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April 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A cheesy race

cheese2.jpg It did, at least, make a change from the traditional bank holiday pastimes of DIY and garden centre visiting. But there was also more danger inherent in chasing a cheese down a hill than you might at first suspect.

Following a patently ridiculous but 200-year-old tradition, dozens of people put their safety at risk yesterday in Gloucestershire to chase cheese down a 1-in-2 incline.

Watched by at least 4,000 spectators, contestants gathered on Cooper’s Hill, in Brockworth, to chase cheeses downhill for 200m, hoping to emerge victorious and win an 8lb double Gloucester as their reward.

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Creationist’s dream

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Hatfields and McCoys — Feud caused by disease?

hatfieldmccoy.jpg The most infamous feud in American folklore, the long-running battle between the Hatfields and McCoys, may be partly explained by a rare, inherited disease that can lead to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts.

Dozens of McCoy descendants apparently have Von Hippel-Lindau disease, which causes high blood pressure, racing hearts, severe headaches and too much adrenaline and other “fight or flight” stress hormones.

No one blames the disease for the whole feud, but doctors say it could help explain some of the clan’s notorious behavior.

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That’s Jerry Hatfield (left) and Ron McCoy (right) in the picture.

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