WTF, Vol. 1

Every March, in Sweetwater Texas, girls compete for the Rattlesnake Round-up tiara and the title of Miss Snake Charmer. Contestants are rated on grace, beauty, poise, and their ability to chop up, dismember, and skin a live rattlesnake in front of cheering fans.

Laney Wallace, aka Miss Snake Charmer 2011, loves the round-up and bursts with glee when she tells CNN, “I get to skin snakes and chop their heads off, I’m super excited about it.”

Most disturbing of all, in accordance with tradition, the contestants smear their bloodied hands on the sacred wall leaving bloody hand prints along with their signatures in Sharpie.

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