Yes, traditions can seem strange when viewed out of context. I’m sure my hometown’s annual woodchuck toss and goat shellacking competition would seem just as odd to outsiders, but it was a beloved event that helped fuel the local economy through most of my childhood. Sadly, a few years ago a carelessly hurled woodchuck strayed over the Canadian border, causing an international incident, and bringing about the end of a decades old institution. Some have suggested the goat shellacking should continue by itself but, come on, that would just be weird.