For the culturally unaware… The Herndon Climb is an annual tradition at the Annapolis Naval Academy in which members of the freshmen class, AKA “plebes,” climb a lard-covered monument to retrieve the Plebe ‘dixie cup’ hat and replace it with an upperclassmen’s hat, marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to headgear more like a U.S. Naval officer.
But really, it’s just about getting nearly naked and climbing a wet, greasy pole. For America.
And, for good measure, here’s a few shots from last year’s climb…
- 26 people, thought to be refugees and migrants, were discovered in the back of a truck in Austria. ›
- Thai police arrested a man alleged to have explosives in his possession, almost two weeks after a deadly bomb blast in Bangkok killed 20 people. ›
- Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first black man to play Jean Valjean on Broadway in "Les Misérables," died Friday. He was 21. ›