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10 of the world's weirdest festivals

By: Bryan Nelson on May 1, 2014, 9:56 a.m.
People at the La Tomatina festival in 2013

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La Tomatina

Perhaps the world's biggest food fight, La Tomatina is a tomato-throwing festival held in the Valencian town of Bunol on the last Wednesday of August. An estimated 125 tons of tomatoes were flung at participants this year.

Though you might expect the cleanup to be laborious, all of those squashed tomatoes in the streets provide a highly effective disinfectant: The cobblestone roads are cleansed by the acidity of the tomatoes.