The Truth is Powerful
Debate Is Not Central to the College Experience
Here is a very strong memory I have from college.
A group of friends and I decided it might be interesting to see who could gain the most weight in one day . I do not know why we thought this would be interesting, but it is possible that the not-yet-fully-developed frontal lobes of 19-21 year old males had something to do with it.
It seemed more interesting than an old-fashioned eating contest, and there was something about it being an entire day (9 am to Midnight) that appealed to us. It was a way to carve up the routine of the semester with an event.
Once the idea took hold among our relatively small group, we announced it to the entire fraternity  and discovered there was significant interest in terms of the number of competitors.
We set the date, procured the prizes – trophies for both total weight gained and weight gained as a percentage of mass – and asked the fraternity cook to make a bunch of extra stuff we could eat all day.
I believe I gained around eight pounds in the course of the day, stuffing in spaghetti, garlic bread, and chocolate pudding. I felt like Mr. […]