Seeing Hundreds of People Trying to Climb a Slippery Obelisk Is So Ridiculous

By Casey Chan on at

To cap off their first year at the Naval Academy, hundreds of plebes try to scale the greased down Herndon Monument to replace the hat on top of the 21-foot tall obelisk. It’s a fun tradition that teaches teamwork and caps off a hard year—but it looks oh so ridiculous to see so many shirtless human bodies recklessly piled on top of each other, like some sort of zombie horde trying to jump a barrier.

The moment when the hat is placed on top of the obelisk is the best.