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The University of Chicago is a great school with more Nobel Laureates affiliated with it than any other major institution, but the school and students have always had distinct qualities. To quote comedian Shelly Berman (who is now best known as Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm), “If you’ve never met a student from the University of Chicago, I’ll describe him to you. If you give him a glass of water, he says, “This is a glass of water. But is it a glass of water? And if it is a glass of water, why is it a glass of water?” And eventually he dies of thirst.”
The University of Chicago used to just be known as ”Where fun comes to die” and had T-shirts stating “Hell does Freeze Over.“ Back when we attended the University of Chicago the oddest things on campus were Sleepout and the Scavenger Hunt.
20 years later it seems some students have truly gone crazy as bed bugs, or maybe decided to take revenge on them. We know bed bugs feed on people, but we don’t recommend people eat insects the way these U of C students suggest. (Look up Entomophagy on You Tube if you really want to see some odd videos – we’ll spare you the links here.)
Did the students take inspiration from Indiana Jones, who was an alumnus? (Remember in Temple of Doom, Indy was offered insects for dinner (twice) and Willie (Kate Capshaw) had to put her hand through thousands of insects to help Indy and Short Round escape certain death in the temple.) No, the students entered a campus entrepreneurial contest, proposing processed insect meat as a sustainable, alternative, and attractive food source, and……….. won first prize!
We wish them luck in their business, but if these students ever invite us to dinner, we’ll politely decline and head to Harold’s Chicken Shack instead!