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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by arkitect, Oct 27, 2009.
Of all the stupid things students do this takes the cake.
Back in my day, we had required calculus classes to weed out the idiots.
Dumb thing to do.
Too bad they don't qualify for Darwin awards.
This branding thing is weird. I remember seeing a programme about it, how people are branding themselves rather than getting tattoos, crazy people I tell ya!
This isn't that uncommon.
I went to a party as an undergrad where people did the same thing.
It was a first tier university and no one there was by any means an idiot--just 18, drunk, and free of parental control for the first time.
many people with filthy rich parents but it is one of the few schools with no real athletics and where legacy status does not matter when applying
in fact we've been "undefeated since 1836" because we've never played
The "will have permanent scarring" part of the story is funny. Um, yeah! The whole point of branding to leave a permanent scar in the shape of the brand. I know a guy who did it to himself with a couple of friends in high school. Truly, the practice is not some extremely rare thing in that some varieties of college fraternities practice it with regularity. Though I haven't done it myself and wouldn't consider doing it the truth is branding is really no different than any other form of body art. The problem is people who don't do their research and don't seek appropriate medical attention.
there are also some tribes that do branding in africa. so although it's stupid to do this in that context and with coat hangers, branding itself is a valid cultural phenomenon.
i wouldn't do it to myself and certainly not with a coat hangar. that's really stupid.
It is possible they used closed loops in the design. It's my understanding that with branding and scarification, you don't want to have closed loops, as the skin in the middle has a higher risk of dying off or getting infected through lack of blood supply / lymph drainage / other things I don't know about.
Getting drunk before doing it would also suppress the auto-immune system and raise the risk of infection. Poor after-care would be a factor too.
All in all, I don't think hospital treatment was really warranted, but then I wasn't there.
The leaders of tomorrow......
I doubt we'll be hearing Paxman telling them to "come on!" very soon…
There are a few fraternities at my school whose members brand themselves. Crazy.
I'm not sure branding is that different from tattooing or piercing. They clearly knew what they were getting into, and all of them involve risk of infection.
coat hanger are usually low quality metal that is prone to have contaminants that you might be allergic to. this makes then for extra deep and wide scars. if you want a branding scar let a pro in a good tatoo shop do it. looks certainly much nicer afterwards. also you're not likely to be drunk like that when you do it.
sober + branding = pain
drunk + branding = fun with a nice surprise after you wake up
Well, at least they didnt try it with plastic hangers. Theres some hope for them.
Before i make my comment, what house were you in?
really, this is news?
Yes, students are stupid - especially when there are copious amounts of liquor and drugs involved.
Nobody listens to their mothers anymore.
what idiots, seriously branding?
Very common among black male fraternities in the US.
Just because some culture does it, doesn't make it "valid". India has a caste system, but that doesn't make it ok.
You're getting into a separate discussion about ethics and/or morality. I don't think andiwm2003 was saying that branding is "ok" in general. I think he/she was simply saying that there are cultural traditions of branding and that, in some cases, the practice carries some cultural significance. Obviously, that does not apply in this case.
One of the fraternities here at my university does that on the right butt cheek of their brothers...friend across the hall was sitting on a towel for two weeks.