Gentlemen, start your whacking! — Miss Springfield, “Whacking Day”
While Whacking Day might be a Springfield-specific holiday, rattlesnake round-ups are ubiquitous throughout our great nation, with the mother of all snake-killing parties taking place in the sleepy seaside burg of Sweetwater, TX.
While Whacking Day focuses on snake butchery, the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-Up is more about snake collecting, with the collected snakes being killed, tanned, and eaten. But don’t take my word for it:
According to the site, over 123 tons of diamondbacks have been “processed” at the Sweetwater Round-Up since its 1958 inception.
I’m going to pass on passing judgment on this one, mostly because I’ve never really been much of a snake fan. If this were a smaller, fluffier, less-venomous animal being massacred, I’d likely be able to summon an opinion, but whatever.
And the Lord said: Whack ye all the serpents which crawl on their bellies and thy town shall be a beacon unto others. — Genesis 1:1