Goldfish Swallowing (Late 30s through into the 40s)

Goldfish swallowing was a fad that swept through U.S. school campuses in which participants swallowed live goldfish.

In the spring of 1939, Harvard freshman Lothrop Withington Jr. was the first to start the craze. It is believed that he did it as a publicity stunt in an effort to further his bid for class president.