Education: Butter

At Harvard University, 289 years ago, a meal of baked beans and fish cakes was served in the university Commons. The undergraduate body— "two nephews of the president and the professor's son"— complained bitterly about the fish cakes. They added that the butter was bad. For many years thereafter, good wholesome fare was served in Commons, at the sight of which Harvard students laid down their table implements; sweet dairy butter was passed at which they bit their thumbs. Things reached a crisis about the butter, in colonial days, when a "Butter Rebellion" was organized, and Harvard funny men chanted a...

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