In what some are calling the single most improbable feat in the history of humankind, the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos has ended and everyone who went to the event remains alive. Not a single Juggalo died from dehydration, drug overdose, violent act or even embarrassment. Some are probably nursing some pretty bad hangovers this week and others are likely regretting a few of the decisions they made (and booking appointments with their local STD clinics), but everyone is still breathing.
Every year, about 10,000 fans of the Insane Clown Posse and the lifestyle they promote descend on Cave-In-Rock, Illinois for a weekend of hip hop performances, hardcore wrestling, wet t-shirt contests, unregulated tattooing and, of course, widespread drug use.
Previous Gatherings have seen some casualties and a few fatalities. At the 2011 Gathering, a 24 year-old Tennessee man named Jesse Waters was found dead. He was discovered floating in the nearby Ohio River.
In 2010, another man was found dead. He had wandered off and died from dehydration, likely brought on by heat stroke.
Others have died from drug overdoses. Some have nearly lost their lives as the result of multiple stabbings.
In 2012, though, everyone stayed alive. It’s unclear whether the lack of any deaths this year is simply a freak statistical anomaly or if the Juggalo army has decided to get its act together and act more responsibly, but it’s something that pretty remarkable, either way.