What We Love This Week, Volume CXXX

Published July 10, 2015

Running With The Bulls, Roaring With The Crowd

Bulls Trampling Man Pamplona

A steer jumps over a fallen runner as two Jandilla fighting bulls follow behind at the Mercaderes curve during the first running of the bulls on July 7, 2015. Source: The Atlantic

It starts with a rocket launched into the air. Pamplona, Spain’s Fiesta de San Fermin has, since 1591, been an annual celebration of maximalism. There’s the parade of giants, the flaming bull statue, and more than enough wine and fireworks even for the 1 million people that pack into a city that normally holds just 200,000. Then there’s The Roar, in which revelers gather at the town square one minute before midnight and, for several hours, simply make as much noise as they can. And, of course, there’s the running of the bulls.

Set aside your ethical objections to bullfighting and stifle your enochlophobia (fear of being in a crowd), as the case may be, and immerse yourself in the festival at The Atlantic.

Crowd Pamplona Celebrating Hands

Revelers celebrate during the launch of the Chupinazo rocket, which marks the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin fiesta. Source: The Atlantic

Bull Running Crowd Pamplona

A runner is knocked by a steer during the second running of the bulls on July 8, 2015. Source: The Atlantic

The Spotted, Chameleon Lake Of Western Canada

First you have to acknowledge that there is an honest-to-goodness desert in Canada. Then you have to acknowledge that there is a lake there–that is, a lake in a desert–that appears to be spotted, with large puddles of water dotting the surrounding gray earth. Lastly, you have to acknowledge that those spots not only come in bizarre colors like yellow, green, and blue, but that the spots can change colors, based on the lake’s mineral content. Transport yourself to what feels like an alien planet with this startling gallery.

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.