I’ve been spending quite a bit of time reading Threshers recently, trying to puzzle out the gags in the 1937 Owl map. I’ve made some headway, but of course I’ve also bumped into a lot of unrelated yet still compelling material. I for one simply never tire of jokes about gastrointestinal distress, so I was quite taken with this story from 1938 about an outbreak of . . . . something . . . . among dining hall patrons:
Unsurprisingly, not only the talent but even the competence of the kitchen staff has been called into question many, many times over the years. Tradition even has it that the reason for the beautiful paneling in the Commons was a food riot that stained the original white walls. I feel compelled to note that times have really changed in this regard. The food in the colleges is really quite good today. But here’s a poll taken sometime in the 1960s that strikes a note that would be familiar to the sufferers of 1938:
Bonus: I believe I’m on record as being pretty uninterested in owls, but the masthead of the 1938 Thresher has a really nice one. Zoom in on him for a good look.