In a shocking turn of events, three people were injured during the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The two-minute run, an Old World vestige seemingly untouched by time, continues to attract thousands of mozos (revelers, runners, and idiots) each year.
From the Associated Press report:
No one was gored but a Navarra regional government statement said a 23-year-old man from Nottingham, England, was in serious condition with chest injuries and rib fractures sustained during the frenzied dash through the narrow winding streets of this northern city. He was identified only by his initials, T. H.
This is where things get interesting. The running of the bulls was made popular by the Ernest Hemingway book The Sun Also Rises. In it, Hemingway chronicles both the running of the bulls and the (now-controversial) sport of bullfighting.
In bull-fighting they speak of the terrain of the bull and the terrain of the bull-fighter. As long as a bull-fighter stays in his own terrain he is comparatively safe. Each time he enters into the terrain of the bull he is in great danger."
So what to make of the mysterious T.H.? Could it be a Hemingway? Last year, Hemingway's great-grandson Michael, a budding photographer, went to the running of the bulls on the 90th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's first sojourn to the event in Pamplona. Here's a picture of him in the eye of the storm:
However, he did not participate in the event. Despite all of Papa's machismo, many people believe Hemingway never actually took part in the running of the bulls either. Could this mysterious T.H. have sought to redeem him?
We may never know. In the meantime, here are some pictures from this year's chaotic scene:
PETA, ever the ethical buzzkillers, were not amused:
Perhaps, they have a point: