Hundreds if not thousands of Astro fans were watching a parade on Friday, celebrating their world-series victory, in a multi-level parking garage when a woman from many levels up dropped her hat. So with a bit of teamwork, this massive group of strangers had a blast tossing her hat up from level to level, cheering every time someone caught it, and cheering some more when it sometimes fell back down a level or two. With a bit of sweat, good aim and laughter, the hat made its way back to the owner.
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Oh, just the 7th largest gathering of humans in history happened last week.
Five million of the most patient humans in the world -- Cubs fans -- descended on Chicago's lakefront last week to celebrate a victory that was against all odds. But win they did, ending the longest World Series drought in baseball history -- 108 years -- and the lifting of the Billy Goat Curse. Friday's event was the 7th largest get-together in human history, about a million shy of the 2015 papal visit to the Philippines. The rest of us can keep it simple and get a glimpse of the Cubs on The Tonight Show Monday. The event in Grant Park turned out to be a pretty tame party for Chicago, when you consider the things fans have done over the years to try to lift the curse.
But first, what is the Billy Goat Curse? In 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis and his goat were ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the Cubs first World Series since 1908. Apparently the goat's odor was offensive, Sianis was offended and enraged, and legend has it that he declared, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." The Cubs lost the game that day and haven't even been a contender in another World Series, let alone champions, in the 108 years since. Until last week.
Actual Things People Did -- and Ate -- To Lift the Curse
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