Somehow, somewhere…we’re not sure just what the mechanism was…a lone Twinkie® started appearing, and re-appearing, at the summer research social events. It is thought that the origin of the lone Twinkie® may go back as far as a biology faculty meeting sometime in the spring of ‘08, but nobody knows for sure. What we do know is that it re-appeared at the ODC social event in June and again, sat alone, unwanted. Some biology profs (who have requested to remain anonymous) decided that the Twinkie® should become a traveling metaphor for all the amazing, various things that we do in the biology department, the places we go, and what is right and good in the world.
Initial plans for the Twinkie’s trip to the nation’s capital (as an official member of the Phage Genomics instructional team) went awry when an un-named prof simply forgot to take the Twinkie®. But it was quickly rescued by the Costa Rican research team of Dr. Greg Murray and Nathan Poel, who packaged the twinkie® in a waterproof travel device, the TTC (“The Twinkie Cozy”) and accurately measured the Twinkie® weight pre- and post-trip (26 June – 16 July 2008). “El Twinkie®”, Dr. Murray, and Nathan have returned (almost) safely to Hope College. It is rumored that the Twinkie® will vie for a 3-minute time slot with Darth Tater at the annual “Meet the Faculty” seminar scheduled for August 29, 3 p.m. The only question now is: Where will the Twinkie® go next?????