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The Lost Camper

Title: The Lost Camper

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Noah Schwed
  • Date Collected: This data was collected during a one-on-one interview in the library of Dartmouth College with Noah Schwed on October 29th, 2018.

Informant Data:

  • Noah Schwed ‘21 is a male student studying Economics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College. He is originally from New Jersey. Noah participated in a hiking trip before the start of his Freshman year at Dartmouth as part of the First Year Trips DOC program. He has an older brother (Eric Schwed ‘18), who attended Dartmouth, but Trips were his first true introduction to life as a Dartmouth student.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Noah encountered this joke, which is not specific to the hikings section of trips and is actually quite common, when he was a tripee during August of 2017.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their first year tripees. As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they offer a great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

During First Year Trips each year, Trip leaders will have a member of the Trips Crew staff participate in their trip for a period of time, especially during hikes or travel oriented trips. Eventually, this individual will break off from the group, and the trip leaders will attempt to scare their tripees by claiming that the individual is now lost in the wilderness. Once it is clear that the tripees are legitimately concerned and that they have bought into the prank, the Crew member typically returns from hiding with food for the embarrassed tripees.

 

Transcript:

  • Jackson: Hey Noah, I understand that you went on trips and I’m conducting an interview regarding pranks that were played on trips. But, before we get started, could you say a little bit about your background, where you’re from, what you’re studying?
  • Noah: Yeah, so I’m Noah Schwed. I’m a 21. I’m from New Jersey. I’m studying Econ and CS, and, as of now, I haven’t declared an official Major yet.
  • Jackson: Cool. So, when you think back on your time on Trips, were there any like especially notable or like memorable pranks that were played on you or on your trip section?
  • Noah: Yeah. So one memorable one was when one of the trip leaders coordinated with one of the kids on Trips [Crew] to pretend that they got lost. When they disappeared from the group, the trip leaders told the rest of the kids on the trip, trying to get everyone to freak out that we’d lost someone.
  • Jackson: Did people like fall for it? Were people pretty into it?
  • Noah: Some, yeah, but it wasn’t the first prank they [our trip leaders] had pulled.
  • Jackson: Alright, great! Thanks.

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

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Informant’s Comments:

  • “They [the trip leaders] had some people on my trip pretty scared for a while. Ironically, I think we actually came together as a group during that moment.”

 

Collectors’ Comments:

  • This prank plays off of a scared fear of having lost someone. As Noah mentioned, the group rallied together when they were under the impression that they had lost someone, bringing them all closer together.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth.

Deer Droppings

Title: Deer Droppings

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Stanislav “Stas” Van Genderen
  • Date Collected: This data was collected during a one-on-one interview in the library of Dartmouth College with Stas on October 29th, 2018.

Informant Data:

  • Stanislav “Stas” Van Genderen ‘21 is a male student studying Russian Area Studies and Economics at Dartmouth College. He is originally from Cape Coral, Florida. Stas participated in a cabin camping trip before the start of his Freshman year at Dartmouth as part of the First Year Trips DOC program.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Stas encountered this joke first when he was a tripee during August of 2017 and mentioned that this is a classic prank that occurs every year on the cabin camping section of First Year Trips.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their first year tripees. As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they offer a great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

During the cabin camping section of trips each year, trip leaders plant small pieces of chocolate outside of their cabins in the morning. The trip leaders bring their tripees outside and draw attention to the chocolate, claiming that the pieces are deer droppings left recently. As they speak to all of their tripees and build up the suspense and hype surrounding the droppings, a trip leader eventually takes a piece of the chocolate and eats it in a repulsing manner. This prank is designed to falsely disgust everyone until they too realize that the droppings are chocolate, at which point they often join in eating with their trip leaders.

 

Transcript:

  • Jackson: Hey Stas, so I understand you went on trips when you were a freshman and experienced some pranks. Could you just tell me first a little bit about your background and where you’re from and what you’re studying?
  • Stanislav: Yeah, so my full name is Stanislav Robert Van Genderen. I’m from Cape Coral, Florida, and I’m currently planning on majoring in Russian Area Studies and Economics. So yeah, I had a prank played on me during trips. I woke up, you know, one day walked out of our camping tent, and then my trip leaders were both there. They were like telling us to “hush-hush” because they said that they found some deer poop recently nearby within the past five minutes and that it still means a deer’s still around. Then, they started to start to sniff the deer poop and then proceeded to pick it up and put it in their mouth and start eating it. I fell for this prank. I started to like, you know, say, “Ew! That’s so disgusting!” And then they handed me, you know, a piece of that quote-unquote deer poop and it was just pieces of chocolate. I fell for that pretty hard.
  • Jackson: Good. Thanks!

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

Audio file

Informant’s Comments:

  • “I couldn’t get enough of that deer poop once I realized what it was. Great prank.”

 

Collectors’ Comments:

  • Stas’ experience with this commonly repeated prank from First Year Trips highlights the use of a fake educational moment and the rapt attention of the tripees as the object of humor. The unravelling of the prank into an instance where everyone on the trip eats chocolate together creates a moment of togetherness and bonding.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth.

Emergency Landing

Title: Emergency Landing

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Jack Kurtz
  • This data was collected during a one-on-one interview in the library of Dartmouth College with Jack Kurtz on October 28th, 2018.

Informant Data:

  • Jack Kurtz ‘21 is a male student studying Economics and Quantitative Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. He is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jack participated in a canoeing trip before the start of his Freshman year at Dartmouth as part of the First Year Trips DOC program.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Jack encountered this joke first when he was a tripee during August of 2017. Jack described that this practical joke is specific to the canoeing section of trips, where students camp out by an airstrip.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their first year tripees. As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they a offer great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

During canoeing sections of trips each year, trips camp one night next to an old, seemingly unusable airstrip. In the middle of the night, their trip leaders and members of Trips Crew come and wake them up, telling them that they need to move their campsite and provide help with a plane that is attempting to make an emergency landing. When all the tripees get involved and begin waving flashlights to signal the impending arrival of the supposed plane, a bus with wings strapped to its sides arrives, much to the chagrin of all of the tripees.

 

Transcript:

  • Jackson: Could you tell me a little bit about your name and background?
  • Jack: Yeah, my name is Jack Kurtz. I’m from Philadelphia. I’m a 21 here at Dartmouth.
  • Jackson: What are you studying?
  • Jack: I’m studying Economics and Quantitative Social Sciences.
  • Jackson: So, I understand you went on first year trips. Where there any really funny pranks or anything that happened that was of note before you came to Dartmouth?
  • Jack: Yeah, so there was one while I was on canoeing. We were camping by this old landing strip that airplanes used to land on in the middle of New Hampshire, actually it was Maine. They [our trip leaders] woke us up in the middle of the night, when a group of the Grant Crew raided our trip. They told us that there was a plane that was coming in that needed to make an emergency landing because of some mechanical failure. They got everyone like woken up because we were all still kind of tired, and so we believed them and we all ran out. We were supposed to line the runway with flashlights so they knew where to land, so we all had headlamps and flashlights and like waving them and then they pulled out of the woods in like a truck that they had put wings on. At that point, I guess it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t a plane, but they still got everyone pretty good.
  • Jackson: Thanks!

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

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Informant’s Comments:

  • “We were so tired we just were in a total panic when our leaders woke us up. I thought it was really funny after the fact, though”

 

Collectors’ Comments:

  • As Jack mentioned, the brief experience of fear and the need to work together as a team to accomplish a supposed goal both brought his trip together and served as a really funny way to prank everyone. The fact that this prank was taken as seriously and continues to be performed in such an over-the-top manner really underscores its function to bring trip sections together.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth.

The Lone Pine Greeting

Title: The Lone Pine Greeting

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke, Gesture
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Will Bednarz
  • Date Collected: This data was collected on November 4th, 2018 during a one-on-one interview at the Russell Sage dormitory with Will Bednarz.

Informant Data:

  • Will Bednarz ‘20 is a male student studying Government at Dartmouth College. He is originally from Larkspur, California. Will participated in a hiking trip before the start of his Freshman year at Dartmouth as part of the First Year Trips DOC program. Will is of Irish descent and has distant family who attended Dartmouth, but he knew little about Dartmouth before arriving for First Year Trips.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Will encountered this prank/gesture first when he was a tripee during August of 2016. Will noted that his trip leaders played many pranks on them such as this one, but that this was one of the funniest and most treasured amongst Dartmouth students.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their first year tripees. As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they offer a great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

Trip leaders signal back and forth to each other and between trips by raising two fingers on either hand together and crossing their thumb. They refer to this as “Lone Pine Greeting.” Trip leaders prank their tripees by leading them to believe that this is a common way of greeting individuals on Dartmouth’s campus and encourage them to use the signal throughout the duration of trips. In reality, no one actually does this at Dartmouth, and the signal means nothing. 

Transcript:

  • Jackson: Could you state your name and background please?
  • Will: My name is Will Bednarz. I am a ’20, and I’m studying government here at Dartmouth College.
  • Jackson: Where are you from? Did you know anything about Dartmouth trips before going?
  • Will: I’m from Larkspur, California. I have a couple of older cousins who went here, but I didn’t really know anything else about the school or trips aside from my connection to them.
  • Jackson: Were there any pranks that your trip leaders played on you when you were on trips?
  • Will: Yeah, actually there were a lot. I remember one of the funniest pranks was this weird gesture that they made us all do to each other. Our trip leaders would greet each other by putting their hands in the air with both fingers raised and their thumbs like *this*. They made all of us catch on to it as a friendly way to wave and say hello to each other, and it really caught on. At the end of the trip, when we got back to campus finally, they told us the gesture was totally made up, and I felt really stupid.

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

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Informant’s Comments:

·       “I looked so stupid doing this. I can’t believe I ever thought this was a real thing.”

 

Collectors’ Comments:

·        This gesture based prank seems like a hilarious way to develop something within a small group of people that only they share. Looking back, Will seemed to fondly recall the mutual humiliation of realizing that the sign wasn’t a real thing that people do at Dartmouth.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth. Gesture.

The Fake Talent Show Prank

Title: The Fake Talent Show Prank

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Dylan Whang
  • Date Collected: This data was collected on October 29th, 2018 during a one-on-one interview in the library of Dartmouth College with Dylan Whang.

Informant Data:

  • Dylan Whang ‘21 is a male student studying Economics at Dartmouth College. He is originally from New York, New York. Dylan participated in a canoeing trip before the start of his Freshman year at Dartmouth as part of the First Year Trips DOC program. He has an older brother (Derek Whang ‘17), who attended Dartmouth and encouraged him to participate in the Trips program. However, he was not informed in advance of what the experience would be like.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Dylan encountered this joke first when he was a tripee during August of 2017. Dylan described that this practical joke was one of many played on him and his fellow tripees during their time on trips; however, he feels that this joke was the funniest because it was the best executed and was taken most seriously by his fellow tripees.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their first year tripees. As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they offer a great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

Trip leaders informed their tripees that there would be a talent show on the final night of trips and that there would be a special, unknown reward for whichever trip section performed the best. Trip leaders of Dylan Whang ‘21’s section encouraged their section to come up with something that they could perform together to help win the prize. After his trip leaders had their section perform a song and dance routine several times leading up to when the talent show was supposedly going to take place, he was informed by his trip leaders that it was all a prank. In reality, the talent show was just a practical joke played on all of them to get them to come up with a crazy, embarrassing routine.

Transcript:

  • Jackson: Hey Dylan, I’m just curious if you could just tell me a little bit about your background?
  • Dylan: So, I’m Dylan Whang. I’m a ‘21 from New York City. My brother actually is a 17 and went to this school.
  • Jackson: What are you studying?
  • Dylan: Computer science and quantitative social sciences.
  • Jackson: Cool. So, when you went on trips, did you have like any background or understanding of what it would be like?
  • Dylan: So because my brother told me like it’s a really fun time but didn’t really tell me anything other than that. I think he did like he did kayaking, and I did canoeing so we kind of went to the same spot which is kind of cool.
  • Jackson: Do you remember if there were like any pranks or jokes that were played on you during trips or anything that stuck out in particular?
  • Dylan: Yeah. So like one that actually sticks that sticks out to me is when we were canoeing like towards the end, [our trip leaders] were saying that like when we got back to the Mount Moosilauke or wherever we were going but we would have to perform a talent show. So, our group came up with a song. We did a remix of pop songs to make them have to do with Dartmouth and with Trips. The whole time on our trip we were trying to find songs to do and were practicing them across our boats.
  • Jackson: Why do you think it ended up being so funny?
  • Dylan: It was funny because a couple of our tripees got really into it and were really excited to perform in the talent show. We were actually sadder at the end that there wasn’t a talent show than being upset about practicing and having to come up with a song.

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

Audio file

Informant’s Comments:

  • “I really enjoyed this prank. I was almost sadder that there was not a real talent show at the end because I had so much fun rehearsing songs with the friends I made on my trip.”

 

Collectors’ Comments:

  • Dylan Whang fondly recalled this prank. When I asked him if he recalled any jokes from trips, this was the first thing that came to mind. Thinking about the nature of the prank as a whole, it serves perfectly as a way to develop friendships and to bond as a group.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth.

The Cabot Cheese Taste Test

Title: The Cabot Cheese Taste Test

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Brad Stone
  • Date Collected: This data was collected on October 29th, 2018 during a one-on-one interview in the library of Dartmouth College with Brad Stone.

Informant Data:

  • Brad Stone ‘19 is a male student studying neuroscience at Dartmouth College. He is originally from Tampa, Florida. Brad has lead several trips before as a member of the Dartmouth Outing Club First Year Trips staff.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Brad encountered this joke first when he was leading a trip during August of 2018. Brad noted that this specific practical joke was not very common on other trips, but that the practice of unknown visitors arriving at random trips and playing practical jokes on the tripees is a widespread part of the First Year Trips experience.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their first year tripees. As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they offer a great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

While a land-based trip is in progress (typically hiking), a random member of the First Year Trips staff unknown to the tripees arrives dressed in a lab coat posing as an employee of the well-known cheese company, Cabot Cheese. The visitor asks tripees and trip leaders if they want to give feedback about some new types of cheese that Cabot is rolling out that are targeted at hikers and other outdoorsy individuals. When the tripees say yes, the visitor gives them several samples of cheese, which are actually all the same cheese and asks them several prodding questions about how the cheeses taste, which is their favorite, etc. Eventually, after the victim of the prank is unable to tell that each cheese is the same and that they are being pranked, the truth is revealed to their embarrassment.

 

Transcript:

  • Jackson: Hey Brad, do you think you could tell me like a little bit about your background and where you’re from?
  • Brad: Yeah. Sure. So my name is Brad Stone. I’m a ‘19 from Tampa, Florida, and I’m a neuroscience major here at Dartmouth College.
  • Jackson: So, when you were coming here to Dartmouth, did you know anything about the school in advance or anything about trips or was that totally new for you?
  • Brad: So, interestingly enough, my dad was an ’87. So I knew a bit about the College. He told me that trips were an awesome experience for him, but he never really went into detail. So I was I knew to expect something positive but was kind of flying blind other than that.
  • Jackson: I know you’ve also led trips before too, so you must now have a lot of exposure. What are what are some funny jokes that you’ve heard before or pranks that you’ve heard being played on trips?
  • Brad: Sure. So this past fall, I was leading a trip had a group of eight ‘21s, and I had a ‘20 as a co-leader. One of the more interesting pranks that was pulled on our trip was a raid done by Vox Crew. So, Vox Crew is sort of the logistical division of some trips. They get make sure you have enough food and water etc. while you’re out on the trails. Any sort of emergency medical that wouldn’t be straight to 9-1-1, they would take care of. So, we met a member of Vox Crew coming down a trail. We just hiked like eight miles, and we were hitting an intersection of the trail around a main road when we met an upperclassman dressed in a lab coat. She approached us and said she was from Cabot Cheese Factory, and they were really interested in polling hikers as that as that was a Target demographic of theirs. So, they led us to a van. Outside the van, they had set up this table with a bunch of different plates of cheese labeled “A,” “B,” and “C.” At a glance, knowing they were Dartmouth students, it was pretty obvious they’d stolen the plates from Foco and had put out the same slices of cheese on each plate, but I decided to play along. And so, we told each of the tripees that they were taking an objective survey quiz asking various questions. The questions kept getting sillier and sillier, until it became obvious to everyone that it was a prank. At that point, we broke out cookies and chatted and had a good time, but it was pretty amusing to see them think it was an actual Cabot employee.

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

Audio file

Informant’s Comments:

  • “I had never heard of this prank being played except a couple times, so I was really excited when it happened to us while I was leading Trips. Definitely brought my tripees a lot closer together and was just a great time.”

 

Collectors’ Comments:

  • This joke seems to function in-line with the goals of Trips as a whole, where the tripees have no idea what to expect. As the object of the humor, the tripees are pranked and embarrassed together, bringing them closer together and helping to build lasting friendships before their time at Dartmouth truly begins.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth.

Canadian Ground Fruit

Title: Canadian Ground Fruit

General Information about Item:

  • Customary, Practical Joke
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Myself
  • Data Collected: This data was collected on November 1st, 2018 via a recording of Jackson’s experience with how the Canadian Ground Fruit prank is usually performed on trips.

Informant Data:

  • Jackson Baur ‘20 is a male student studying Economics at Dartmouth College, who is originally from Houston, Texas. Jackson is of German descent and had never been to New Hampshire prior to going on First Year Trips at the start of his freshman fall.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context
    • Jackson encountered this joke first as a participant in trips.
    • This joke is typically played by upperclassmen or students leading trips on their trip members (referred to as tripees). As the objects of the prank, the new freshmen are supposed to be initiated and bonded together as a new class by going through the embarrassment of this prank together.
  • Cultural Context
    • This joke occurs on first year trips, which close to 95% of every incoming class at Dartmouth College participates in. Trips are used as a way to welcome each new class to Dartmouth and to break down whatever misconceptions they might have. Accordingly, jokes on trips are used often as they offer a great way to subvert expectations and to make everyone have a good time. Typically, the practical joke is played once the members of the trip and the leaders have left Dartmouth’s campus and are together somewhere in the surrounding wilderness of New Hampshire/Vermont. In this way, practical jokes like this one are very common to the Trips setting as they serve to bring everyone closer together through group humiliation/embarrassment.

Item:

To perform this practical joke, First Year Trip’s leaders from each trip will wait until their trips leave campus.  Once they are in the wilderness together, one leader runs ahead and buries a pineapple that they brought along with them in the ground up to the tip of its pointy leaves/stem. Upon returning to their tripees, the trip leader will suggest that the trip goes on a walk or continues in the direction of the partially buried pineapple. When they approach, the trip leaders make note of the odd looking, half buried fruit and highlight for their tripees that they have come across a rare feature of Northeastern plant life called the Canadian Ground Fruit. Excited tripees inevitably gather around and are encouraged by their trip leaders to dig up the Canadian Ground Fruit and even taste it, reassuring them repeatedly that, although it may look like and even taste like a pineapple, it is not a pineapple.

 

Transcript:

  • Jackson: I’m Jackson Baur. I’m a ‘20 here at Dartmouth from Houston, Texas, and I’m studying Economics. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, I had no experience with Dartmouth. I’d never even been in New Hampshire. So, First Year Trips were really my first introduction to the school. On first year trips, one of the most prominent, seems like one of the most archetypal, pranks that was played on us was this one referring to something the trip leaders called the Canadian Ground Fruit. This happened when I was on a hiking trip, and, once we were out in the wilderness, my trip leaders ran away from the group or one of them did and buried a pineapple on the ground up to its stem. When we came across this later, they pointed it out, drew a bunch of attention to it, and said it was something that only grew in the Northeast, a rare plant called the Canadian Ground Fruit. They encouraged us to dig it up, at which point we all noticed that it looked like a pineapple, but they really were insistent that it wasn’t a pineapple, that it was this thing called a Canadian Ground Fruit. And so, when we pulled it out, they encouraged us to even like, you know, cut it open and even take a bite out of it. They said it was edible, at which point, we realized that we were the butt end of a prank, that this was, in fact, a pineapple, and they had just fooled all of us naïve, will-be freshman into thinking that a pineapple was something that is just totally nonexistent, a totally made-up thing.

Associated file (a video, audio, or image file):

Audio file

Informant’s / Collectors’ Comments:

  • As one of the most fondly remembered practical jokes of Dartmouth Trips, this practical joke is also one of the most widely repeated and referenced after many students are done with their trips.

 

Collector’s Name: Jackson Baur

Tags/Keywords:

  • Joke. Pranks. Practical Jokes. Trips. Dartmouth.

5:45 am Wake-up

Title: 5:45 am Wake-up

General Information about Item:

  • Customary Folklore: Tradition, Song
  • Language: English
  • Country where Item is from: USA

Informant Data:

Ethan Isaacson lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is currently a student at Dartmouth in the class of 2018. He was born on January 5th, 1996, and is studying chemistry and physics. He went on freshman trips when he was an incoming freshman, was a trip leader his sophomore year, and was on Hanover Croo, known as HCroo, this past fall, so has seen many different aspects of the trips program.

Leigh Steinberg was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was born on April 19, 1996. She is a student at Dartmouth in the class of 2018 and is a history major and plans on going into consulting after graduation. She was a trip leader before her sophomore year of college and was on Hanover Croo, known as HCroo, this past fall.

Contextual Data:

At 5:45 am, HCroo wakes up all the trippees and trip leaders in a loud and fun manner. It is experienced by everyone, and serves to bring the freshman closer together.

Item:

The first night of trips is spent in the Levronne field house. The next morning, everybody is woken up at 5:45 am to the song, Circle of Life, from the Lion King. HCroo is wearing onesies and flair and runs all around the field house to wake everybody up and get people moving quickly. Once this song ends, they then play other morning songs like Good Morning Baltimore. They are supposed to help people get moving in the morning and provide a fun way to start the morning before being sent to the woods for four days.

Transcript of Informant Interview:

We wake them up to the Circle of Life from the Lion King. It’s like again, everything on trips is crazier than the version of it in real life. So we tell them we are going to wake them up at 5:45, which they already are unhappy about, that’s the one thing we don’t lie to them about. And then when we wake them up, we are all wearing onesies or other animal costumes and we start blasting Circle of Life and go running to their faces. There’s a morning medley, so like Good Morning Baltimore and other morning songs. Like we would play certain songs if we really needed them to get the fuck out. I would say a lot of HCroo is centered around trying to herd cats in the nicest way possible while also trying to be fun.

Informant’s Comments:

The wake up serves a practical purpose on top of trying to be fun, as they need the trippees to get moving early. They need to be crazy to motivate students to move faster in the morning.

Collector’s Comments:

I remember being so tired the morning of my trip, but the fun wake-up made the morning much better.

Collector’s Name: Henry Senkfor

Tags/Keywords:

  • Trips, DOC, morning, Circle of Life, morning, wake-up

The Medley

Title: The Medley

General Information about Item:

  • Customary Folklore: Dance, Tradition, Song
  • Language: English
  • Country where Item is from: USA

Informant Data:

Ethan Isaacson lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is currently a student at Dartmouth in the class of 2018. He was born on January 5th, 1996, and is studying chemistry and physics. He went on freshman trips when he was an incoming freshman, was a trip leader his sophomore year, and was on Hanover Croo, known as HCroo, this past fall, so has seen many different aspects of the trips program.

Leigh Steinberg was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was born on April 19, 1996. She is a student at Dartmouth in the class of 2018 and is a history major and plans on going into consulting after graduation. She was a trip leader before her sophomore year of college and was on Hanover Croo, known as HCroo, this past fall.

Contextual Data:

The Medley is taught first by HCroo and then by Lodj Croo again to the trippees. It is the first thing that happens on trips, as before trippees even meet people on their trips or their trip leaders, they do the medley, making it a defining moment in their Dartmouth careers. It is meant to build bonds and reduce the awkwardness.

Item:

One of the most iconic parts of trips is the dances to certain songs. The playlist of songs, known as the medley, all have choreographed line dances that HCroo and Lodj Croo members teach the incoming freshman each year. The playlist changes slightly every year, but there are some permanent fixtures like Everytime we Touch, I’m on a Roll, and Blame it on the Boogie. However, there are some songs that only are in the medley for a year, like Waka Waka and September. The dances really help freshman overcome the awkwardness, and by the time trips ends, people get very into the dances.

Transcript of Informant Interview:

So we call it the medley. So it’s like 4 or 5 per year, some of them are permanent fixtures, some of them rotate. They are pop songs that most people know with simple dances that we can easily teach people. Line dances. Um that’s like pretty much it. It’s like very much a cornerstone of trips culture. I would say especially Everytime we Touch, which is the main one. It’s a fun way to break down barriers, and I don’t know, as an HCrooling, it is cool because we got to see them do the dances at three different points. So they did them like the first afternoon when they got to the lawn. Some of them were super receptive, some of them, like section B for us, we couldn’t get a single one to do them. It was brutal. But then we also see them dance again later that night after the safety show. And even in those like 8 hours between those two, they are so much more comfortable dancing in Sarner Underground with us after we have performed the Safety Show and everyone gets really into it. And we also get to see them when they get back from the Lodj, they may or may not be sick of it, but they definitely participated and were happy to do it one more time, so it’s kind of cool we get to see them, like the uh it’s like a proxy to see how they are feeling about trips and Dartmouth at that time. And to see them getting more comfortable and enjoying them is cool.

The songs this year, the permanent ones were Everytime We Touch, which we learned cuz we crashed a wedding was, is more recent than we think, maybe from 2011. So its super recent. And then Blame it on the Boogie by the Jackson 5 is a permanent one. Yeah that’s permanent. So like sunshine moonlight good times. Um, another recent one is I’m on a Roll. My ex wants sex tonight, we pulled that line out. And um Salty Dog Rag, those are the four.

Every year, the directorate makes a new one, but these have a varying degree of stickiness. For example, one year it was Waka Waka, but I think that got cut out. One year it was Shut up and Dance, but that year, the Lodj captains for our year, made that, so they did it at the Lodj but we didn’t because no one on our croo knew it. And then September was this year and it was not a well thought out dance so we did not have people do it.

Informant’s Comments:

  • They said that after a few days of doing the dances multiple times, they got sick of them quite quickly.

Collector’s Comments:

  • Not everybody knows that it is called the medley, as some people just know them as the trips songs and dances

Collector’s Name: Henry Senkfor

Tags/Keywords:

  • Medley, Everytime we Touch, DOC, trips, dance, tradition

Jewball

Title: Jewball

General Information about Item:

  • Customary Folklore: Tradition, Celebration
  • Language: English
  • Country where Item is from: USA

Informant Data:

Ethan Isaacson lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is currently a student at Dartmouth in the class of 2018. He was born on January 5th, 1996, and is studying chemistry and physics. He went on freshman trips when he was an incoming freshman, was a trip leader his sophomore year, and was on Hanover Croo, known as HCroo, this past fall, so has seen many different aspects of the trips program.

Leigh Steinberg was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was born on April 19, 1996. She is a student at Dartmouth in the class of 2018 and is a history major and plans on going into consulting after graduation. She was a trip leader before her sophomore year of college and was on Hanover Croo, known as HCroo, this past fall.

Contextual Data:

Jewball is an event that takes place every year between all members who help run trips. It serves as a culminating celebration for successfully running a 3 week outdoor program without the help of any adults that 95%+ of freshman go on. It is meant as a way to relax, celebrate their last night together, and see friends who they have not seen in a couple weeks.

Item:

The night trips ends, anyone who worked on a Croo goes to the Lodj for a celebration. There is drinking, celebrating, dancing, and many trips-related activites. It is a great time way for Croo members to spend their last night together and see their friends on other Croos that they have not seen in a few weeks. The next morning, all Croos help to clean the Lodj, as they do not have time to clean it all, so they appreciate all the manpower possible. This has been going on for as long as they know.

Transcript of Informant Interview:

So, um Jewball is, it’s not always called that, but this year it was called Jewball, is the party after trips with all of the crews, so HCroo, Vox Croo, Lodj Croo, Grant Croo, Oak Hill Croo and Climbing Croo all come together and there is alcohol for the first time in three weeks and everyone is very tired and out of trips mode for the first time in 3 weeks, well kind of out of trips mode. And you like do dancing and stuff and night, we all sleep in the Lodj, and you all wake up, disassemble and clean the Lodj top to bottom. Yeah it is basically a big ploy to get all of the Croolings at the Lodj so that they can hold us hostage so that we clean it. Basically, like every other Croo has time to clean everything because of the way the trips timeline works. So we, with a week out, weren’t even sending trips, so welcoming them back after the Lodj is very, very low maintenance, so we were slowly cleaning up everything so by the last day of trips everything was done. But the Lodj sends trippees off and like 5 hours later has this party so they don’t have the manpower or time to clean everything. But it was really fun. A lot of trips songs, we did the dances again, the cleaning wasn’t fun. The directors of trips acknowledge every director of trips, so like the leaders of the croos and the logistic people behind the scenes, and so I don’t know it’s sorta like an in between of everyone wanting to spend their last night together but also seeing friends and people from other croos for the first time in a few weeks, so it’s an interesting balance between all of them.

Informant’s Comments:

They both talked very highly of the events at night, but hated doing the cleaning of the lodj the next day.

Collector’s Comments:

This seemed like a more secretive event, unlike most other things the croos do. I had never heard about it until very recently, and I do not think it is often disclosed to people.

Collector’s Name: Henry Senkfor

Tags/Keywords:

  • Trips, DOC, Celebration, Lodj