Sam S. writes in with a follow-up to Comic #717, which addressed the issue of leftover food. Sam pointed me to this article about Reed College’s culture of “scroungers”, who hang out in the cafeteria and pick over others’ leftovers:
Scrounging is definitely a social activity. There are stretches of time where there’s no food—just five or six students standing around talking. In that way, scrounging provides common ground for people who may share very few similarities other than being a Reed student who doesn’t want to pay for his or her food…
I was impressed with the communal spirit of the Scrounge. There’s plenty of sharing and no hoarding. With most items (pizza crusts are a biggie), scroungers take a bite and pass it along. Etiquette dictates that scroungers use forks, not fingers. Then again, a few scroungers are partial to spoons and at least one uses really long chopsticks.
Full article here! On what is seems to be a pretty interesting blog entirely about the subject of food waste.
I first wrote “entirely about the subject of wasting food,” which is also true, but which seemed to subtly suggest that the blog advocates the wasting of food. Tips on how to throw away tomatoes more efficiently, and so on.
Word choice matters! Or so I keep telling my first wife. (Whom I am happily married to.)