Filthy Freshmen: A Plebe's Greased Up Rite Of Passage

By: Scott Ragan

What's hotter than a pile of greasy Turkish oil wrestlers? A pile of greasy Naval Academy "Plebes" of course!

As reported earlier this week, each U.S. Naval Academy freshman class (known as Plebes) proceed to climb a campus monument covered with lard to retrieve a Plebian Sailor's hat and replace it with an officer's hat. The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to something more like a U.S. Naval officer.

What seems to be an unintentionally sexy explanation of this wacky tradition is found at "The smell of the melting lard permeates thousands of cheering spectators. Bodies turn red with beads of sweat dripping down the tower of people. Agony shows on the faces of those at the bottom of the pyramid as they support upon their shoulders three or four tiers of muscular bodies. As the crowd yells in anticipation, the class gets excited and "They're gonna make it" is heard all around. Crash. The bodies collapse like dominoes. Their greasy skin, stained with dirt, lard and sun make it extremely difficult to sustain any balance for a long period of time."

We're sure that's quite enough explaining... Now check out a few photos below, then head over to to see the entire sweaty collection!

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