On Butter that Stinketh, and the History of College Student’s Hating Their School’s Food

Last night, while attending trivia with Eliza, Mad, Bear, Evan, and Meg, a question was asked in regards to the location of the first college student protest in American , in which “Behold, our butter stinketh!” became the rally cry.  Being informed that the protest occurred in 1766 narrowed the number of university options, and we all guessed correctly with Harvard.  However, knowing the location did not quell our curiosity for more details on the event, especially in regards to the “butter stinketh.”

Evan, being the good and curious chap that he is, performed some simple research and found us an answer on Trivia-Library.com (a site at which I could waste an extraordinary amount of time).  Wikipedia provides some additional information on the Butter Rebellion.  All and all it is a weird little historical anecdote (especially considering that the primary rebel rouser was none other than Henry David Thoreau’s grandfather).  But what is more interesting, I think, is that, as far as I can tell, the displeasure with college food, has never really gone away.

This really is not a matter that should be of much surprise.  Food in general is apt to elicit degrees of strong emotions, whether for or against, and colleges and universities, being places that house often largely confined populations, are pretty much incapable of pleasing all consumers of their culinary fairs.  Fine and good I say, however, here is a challenge for all you currently college kids, the next time you really feel that your dining hall has failed on significant degrees do not just mope and moan about it, instead, leap upon you table, dramatically toss your food to the ground, and let out the cry of “Behold, our butter stinketh!— give us therefore, butter that stinketh not.”

~ by Nathaniel on January 5, 2011.

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