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19 May 2006 @ 11:40 am
Just for ONE day each year...  
I want to be a Naval Academy plebe!!!

See under cut for several pics and the story...

Here's the deal: Throughout most of their freshman year (known as "Plebe Year"), students at the U.S. Naval Academy get yelled at almost daily. They run until they drop, march in orderly rows just about everywhere and generally get their egos ripped into tiny little pieces.

When it's over, they celebrate by climbing a 21-foot-tall greased granite obelisk every May.

In the ritual -- known as the Herndon climb -- approximately 1,000 students must work together to scale the monument, which has been slathered in more than 200 pounds of lard. Whoever gets to the top must snatch off a plebe "dixie cup" hat from the pinnacle and replace it with an upperclassman's hat.

The granite monument honors Commander William Lewis Herndon (1813-1857), a man known for his dedication to discipline, teamwork and courage.

No one knows for sure when the formal tradition of climbing the Herndon began, but it is an event not to be missed. Each year, thousands of spectators gather to take in the sight -- and smell -- of the 1,000 lard-soaked, mud-splattered midshipmen as they build their human pyramid.

The class of 1969 set the speed record, clocking in at a minute and a half. Slowest honors go to the class of 1995, at four hours, five minutes and 17 seconds.

This year's class succeeded in 74 minutes!

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Mark: guy Footballerboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Will do! It's good to hear from you, sweetie! *smooooooooooooooch*

There are a few boys on there with great arms (not to mention the legs and butts too!! :)
athosian on May 19th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm. US Naval Academy plebes... *sigh*

How could it take over four hours? Was it a really small class that year or something? O_o
Markboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
LOL! Maybe the plebes that year enjoyed being in such close quarters with each other?! :)
lomelinde_sama on May 19th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Man do I wish I was on top of that obelisk and the prize to be gotten.
Mark: gay lovey leanboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that I'd like to be against the base and climbed over by all of those sexy plebes! :b
lomelinde_sama on May 20th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
I say, to each his own. We can grope without stepping on each other's toe like that !
Markboywondermark on May 21st, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
VERY good point! LOL!
Su: Isshin Shibaralphiere on May 19th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
Talk about phallic! O_o

I bet that activity thrills more than a few of them - woo hoo!

*tackles and glomps*
Mark: gay Griffindor boys are kinkyboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
LOL! I would find SO many hand holds on my way up THAT mountain!! :b
TomOnWheelstomonwheels on May 19th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
To quote a famous blond:

"That's hot."
Mark: guy Footballerboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's like swimming through a sea of muscles, Tommy!!! *drool*
dendroidmandendroidman on May 19th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
lol i saw the first picture and almost had to close the window. lol thats funny as all hell. ha ha ha. i like problem solving things like that. there fun. and hay who wouldn't want to be involved in that nice wet pile of muscles? lol
Mark: gay lovey leanboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
It's like Homo Heaven, I'm tellin ya!! LOL!!
dendroidmandendroidman on May 20th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
lol you know the real reason they started letting women in the military right? ;) lol
Mikemickey0801 on May 19th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
You guys handle that part and I'll handle the showers afterwards! LOL!

Did you ever see the movie "Annapolis"? James Franco! YUM!
Mark: gay fun in the tubboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
You handle the showers and I'll give some of them bubble baths! :)

Never saw Annapolis (the movie), but I have been to the Naval Academy many times...it's like 25 min away!

Mikemickey0801 on May 19th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
The movie is pretty good...you should see it!

You live that close to Annapolis and you've never nabbed a hot Naval muscle stud for me? LOL
Mark: guy Footballerboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
LOL! If I'm nabbing, I'm keeping!!!
Jase: Got Milk?slavetopassion on May 19th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
thats nothing! I climb a greased phallus as often as I can! lol! And I would think making it last would be the prize! lol!

Mark: gay juicyboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Any pics of THAT you want to post?!
Jaseslavetopassion on May 19th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Michaelmikey89 on May 19th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Some of these Plebes look like they are in precarious positions.. lol

Looks like fun.. :-)

Mark: gay RoboBitchboywondermark on May 19th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'd switch places with any one of them!!