We Can't Stop Laughing At The Greasy Pole Contest

This competition dates back to 1927!

July 2, 2019
Photo Credit: Charlton Buttigieg/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Charlton Buttigieg/Getty Images

It's survival of the slipperiest.

Since 1997, the steady and the determined have flocked to Gloucester, Massachusetts in an attempt to walk on a telephone pole covered in Crisco and vegetable oil.  The goal: capture the Italian flag at the end of the pole.  If you fall, you (kind of) comfortably land in the water.  No worries if you make a fool of yourself: only about 1,000 people are watching!

Check out the highlights below.  And congratulations to 18-year-old Derek Hopkins: he snatched the flag on his first attempt!

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