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Salamanders: A Night at the Phi Delta House

In 1982, George Hornbein and Ken Thigpen produced a nauseating and repulsive documentary. It is based on an annual tradition that a college fraternity upholds, consistently, every year at Penn State University. This tradition is that of eating salamanders. Yes, salamanders. Live amphibians dunked in beer and swallowed whole. This tradition has evolved over time and has become a competition between sex and gender. Consistently, each spring the Phi Delta Theta brothers of Penn State University seize salamanders from their confined ponds. The fraternity then puts them on display in their basement. They use temporary and blowup pools and use them as a centerpiece for their party. Their party, like many, consisted of barbeques, drinking competitions, and the infamous salamander…