Thursday, May 01, 2008

Muffin: I Will Cut You, Bitch!


I tried to find a photo of a menacing muffin to better illustrate this story. It's not possible. Muffins are just inherently wimpy-looking.

What is wrong with people? An NYU student brought razor-filled muffins to class this week. According to the New York Sun:
The muffin was baked for a philosophy course. According to a spokesman for the university, John Beckham, a student brought in the booby-trapped confection along with several normal muffins as part of a project on absurdism, a philosophy based on the belief that the universe is irrational and meaningless.
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"A friend of mine, another student, picked them up and said, 'Hey, there's free muffins,' and being college students, we never turn down free food," Mr. Jarosch said yesterday in an interview. "The muffin I happened to grab had razor blades in it."

He said he was lucky: "I spit them out before they cut. It could have been a lot worse, there's no doubt about it," Mr. Jarosch said.
Somehow I don’t think that’s what Kierkegaard and Camus had in mind. However, it’s worth pointing out that The Razor Muffins would be a great name for a metal band.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Well, it is Camus in nature. In The Stranger, Camus' hero Mersault kills an Arab for no good reason. And in this case, Beckham just baked a muffin with razor blades for no good reason.

If you take a look at the Absurdism page, here's a quote from Kierkegaard: ... in spite of or in defiance of the whole of existence he wills to be himself with it, to take it along, almost defying his torment. For to hope in the possibility of help, not to speak of help by virtue of the absurd, that for God all things are possible -- no, that he will not do. And as for seeking help from any other -- no, that he will not do for all the world; rather than seek help he would prefer to be himself -- with all the tortures of hell, if so it must be.

That Beckham needs help alright.