Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Culinary Iconography - Pope chicken breast
Four days after Pope John Paul II died, E.J. Rouzin-Moy, a freshman undecided major, found that his chicken breast was shaped like the head of Pope John Paul II. Rouzin-Moy found the chicken on his plate while eating lunch in the dining hall with a friend.
"You could tell there was a nose," Rouzin-Moy said. "That's the first thing that makes it look like a man."
The seasoning on the breast is situated in such a way that it looks like the pope's pileolus, his small hat, Rouzin-Moy said.
Once the "pope chicken" was posted on eBay, the bidding was set at 99 cents. The only comments Rouzin-Moy received concerning the item were from one supporter and another person who said the auction of the "pope chicken" was "tasteless," he said.
After less than a day, the highest bid only reached $1.29 for the breast.
After 20 hours, 8,000 page hits and a total of three bids, the "pope chicken" was removed from the Web site, but the reason was unclear at first to Rouzin-Moy, he said.