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At Last, Gefilte Fish and Dog Food Combined

Frat inflicts cruel and unusual punishment on pledges

Marc Tracy
March 16, 2011
Gefilte fish.(Vidalia_11/Flickr)
Gefilte fish.(Vidalia_11/Flickr)

A University of Virginia fraternity forces its pledges to eat a dish composed of dog food, matzah ball, gefilte fish, and soy sauce—something we know because one freshman was hospitalized earlier this month when a severe electrolyte imbalance due to sodium overconsumption—translation: Guzzling soy sauce—caused seizures (he’s fine).

But back to that dish: Dog food, matzah ball, gefilte fish, and soy sauce. It just prompts so many questions.

What is the grossest ingredient?

How do they tell the gefilte fish from the dog food?

Maybe they can’t, and that’s the point?

Would you feed this dish to your dog?

What should it be called?

Any and all responses are encouraged.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.