To Diet Or Not to Diet? Of Tests, Trees, and Forest

January 13, 2015 10:08 PM

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The Lumberjack World Championships, coming up for those interested in Hayward, Wisconsin in late July, 2015, appear to be very impressive. Contestants are judged on a diverse array of aptitudes, from chopping and sawing, to pole climbing and log rolling. One presumes the criteria for winning each of these are clear and as objective as possible. There is a panel of master lumberjacks to help oversee the judging.

In short, as a non-lumberjack, I am fully prepared to be impressed by the Lumberjack World Championships, and to be convinced that what they say about the best lumberjack is almost certainly true. But I do find an important little splinter of disaffection just the same, or maybe it is merely an obse...

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