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February 8, 2010 9:33 AM   Subscribe

Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur. Being a Statistical Analysis of Graffiti Found at the University of Chicago Library.

Full Dataset. (google docs spreadsheet)

B-Level Men's Bathroom

(Previously-ish)
posted by GodricVT (11 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Having spent innumerable depression-inducing nights in the Reg, that someone would undertake this project is not a surprise at all. It's part of the syndrome.
posted by scblackman at 9:37 AM on February 8, 2010


What about all the "grout"- based puns? Or are those in … Harper? I can't remember. Those were the best.
posted by kenko at 9:46 AM on February 8, 2010


At a cursory glance it looked like the messages were more positive than I expected them to be but closer inspection reveals that kids seem to be every bit as stressed and completely miserable there now as I was back in the day. That's good to know, I heard the students were getting more attractive and less maladjusted. Stay crazy, stay ugly, stay sharp Maroons.

Also, where's Blazecock?

Dios sux. Shut up.
posted by The Straightener at 9:58 AM on February 8, 2010


I feel like this should include that upstairs bathroom at the Med as a logical annexation of Reg bathrooms, mostly for the sequence (written by three different people):

"God is dead" - Nietzsche

"Nietzsche is dead" - God

"Nietzsche is God" - the Dead

There are so many questions! Is Zombie Nietzsche worshiped by those who have died? Do the Grateful Dead believe that Nietzsche is divine? Who is to say? Still, I take those writings as gospel.

I heard the students were getting more attractive and less maladjusted.

When I was there everyone was still maladjusted and unattractive. Now I'm an alumni interviewer and I pay close attention to "fit" which often translates into "maladjustedness points", although I don't explicitly write worse recommendations if you're attractive.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:19 AM on February 8, 2010


yeah, the grout was on the fourth floor of harper. such good days. sigh.
posted by oonh at 10:25 AM on February 8, 2010


I'm really saddened that they started painting over Instance the determination, which blended in perfectly with the graffiti. "efforts, partial and unsatisfactory" got me into that strange mood on many days.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 10:27 AM on February 8, 2010


I never saw any of these graffiti marks.

Of course, at the time, the thought of entering any other bathroom not at my dorm building caused me fear, being a germophobe.
posted by qcubed at 10:37 AM on February 8, 2010


#414 on the Google spreadsheet is a gift that keeps on giving.
posted by Spatch at 11:28 AM on February 8, 2010


Spatch: "#414 on the Google spreadsheet is a gift that keeps on giving."

[comment about bathroom graffiti resembling a Reddit thread]
posted by brundlefly at 12:08 PM on February 8, 2010


Huh. I don't remember graffiti in the Reg bathrooms. I must have blocked it out or the chicks didn't do it.
posted by Pax at 12:12 PM on February 9, 2010


I also sometimes had Tucker Max sitting across from me, so I had a steady stream of oral graffiti of my very own.
posted by Pax at 12:17 PM on February 9, 2010


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