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At Last, Gefilte Fish and Dog Food Combined

Frat inflicts cruel and unusual punishment on pledges

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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.

U-Va. Fraternity Pledge Hospitalized After Soy-Sauce Dare [WP]

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My thinking, when I blogged on this, was, I didn’t know whether to call the ADL or try to find kosher-for-Pesach dog food.

I’d call it some kind of anti-semitism.
Combining traditional Jewish foods with dog food is more than suggestive of an anti-semitic message. I don’t think it’s funny at all.

Johnny Mardkhah says:

I’m Sephardic, so my comment is: gefilte fish? Eeeeuuw! I threatened my Ashkenazic wife with divorce if she dares to cook me that stuff.

gefilte fish is very similar to Chinese fish balls, a common dish in China and in American-Chinese homes, as well as elsewhere in Southeast Asian cuisine.

Why anyone would eat a dish of that crap so they could join a fraternity is beyond me. Those pledges should have looked at the foodstuff placed in front of them, walked out the door and ordered a pizza.

samuel says:

i’m Sefardic too. I always thatough that gefilte fish was a derrivative of cat chow by Purina. I can’t be labeled as ‘anti-Semitic” because I’m a real Jew. lol, Stuff is gross! Seriously.

samuel says:


J Bel says:

I’m glad this boy is recovering but this is not a funny subject. In the thiry-two years I have lived in a college town, about 8500 students and 9500 full-time residents,there have been 3 fraternity pledge deaths, one boy totally disabled, and many serious injuries. There have been other fraternity realated deaths and injuries not related to pledging. Hazing is a crime in most states and should be treated as such.

It’s a secret tradition, and it comes off as a private organizations’ secret anti-semetic message to their pledges.

What to call it? Why, “Dag food”, of course! Does it come with horseradish?

People should never eat animal food (remember the China/ melamine thing?)


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At Last, Gefilte Fish and Dog Food Combined

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