ADAM: This year marked the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, and today (October 4th) is officially the last day of the festivities. So you should probably suck down a beer or double-team a sausage.
LAURA: The oxymoronic thing about Oktoberfest is that most of it doesn’t actually occur in October. But the first one did: It was held on October 12, 1810 in Munich to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig. The matrimonial event lasted for five days and included a giant horse race, which means Prince Ludwig was possibly the world’s first bridezilla.
ADAM: The racing nonsense persisted until 1960, but long before that, the main activity had switched from watching sprints to getting blitzed. Plus soon after Oktoberfest’s inception, the celebration was lengthened to multiple weeks and moved into September, where the days were longer and the weather warmer.
LAURA: The best Oktoberfest food is easily weisswurst, a girthy veal sausage that you wrap your lips around and then suck on till the meat squirts out, a method known as “zuzeln.” To watch us get our zuzeln on, check out our video on Oktoberfest foods. We might make a penis joke or five.