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Mutton Busting

If you have never witnessed the event of mutton busting, you have missed out on one of life’s great oddities. The announcer at the rodeo put it something like this: “Do you ever notice, when you give your child a little swat at the supermarket, everyone stares at you like you belong behind bars? But let your kid get trampled by a wild farm animal, and everyone just claps and claps.” This rodeo—the only one I’ve ever been to—was otherwise uneventful. None of the bull riders stayed on the bucking beasts for anything close to the coveted eight seconds that qualifies ...