Education: Gulpers

Collegiate historians last week were ready to record the months of March and April, 1939, as among the maddest in the annals of U. S. undergraduates. On campuses throughout the land, the nation's reckless collegians madly gulped almost every conceivable object. Beginning with goldfish (TIME, April 10), they went on to swallow worms, magazines, snakes (see p. 2), footballs, gunpowder.

Finicky collegians started more appetizing games. At San Jose (Calif.) State College, for example, Jack Baldwin wagered he could catch and kiss 20 co-eds in 30 minutes, fell six short. Soon San Francisco State College's Marshall Blum claimed a record: 40 kisses...

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