What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Guzzling champagne, smooching a random stranger at midnight, and making heartfelt resolutions you’ll forget by January 2? Boring! Far more thrilling: dressing up like a dancing bear, choking down seed-filled fruit, or deliberately drizzling dessert topping on your kitchen floor.
Since before even the Roman Empire, a small town in Spain has played host to an annual ritual that sees young men and women wrestle wild horses into submission, then trim the flowing hair along their mane and tail. This year, we were there.
The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period."