Ivy League Frosh Used To Have To Pose Naked ‘For Science’ — Here Are Some Famous Alumni Who Possibly Posed

The American actress Meryl Streep.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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The American actress Meryl Streep. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The more and more this generation learns about the “good old days”, the more we all realize there was so crazy shit going on that everyone considered COMPLETELY NORMAL.

Like this recent news (recent to anyone who didn’t go to an Ivy League school in the 40s-70s) about every incoming frosh having to take nude pics.

For decades, thousands of students at Harvard and other prestigious schools would arrive on campus, strip down, and pose in front of a camera with four-inch metal pins sticking out of their spines, essentially turning them into human porcupines.

The practice of taking “posture photos” was common from the 1940s to the 1970s. That means photos may still somewhere exist of students of that era including Hillary Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Meryl Streep, Bob Woodward and Diane Sawyer—all of whom attended schools that took nudes in the name of “science.”

As with everything perverted, it all started with one guy and a camera.

It all began in 1880, when the Harvard Physical Education Department took nude photos of all freshmen. At this time, there were no women at Harvard. The Crimson noted that being nude in college actually wasn’t that weird. Men did swimming races in nothing but their birthday suits because it was considered more “hygienic.”

The photo practice continued unabated until 1940, when Harvard researcher William Sheldon co-opted the program and turned it into a “somatotyping campaign.” This meant he assigned each student one of three labels to describe his body type. Supposedly, Sheldon wanted to photograph the intellectual elite to show what their physiques looked like because he believed they would be indicative of their personalities, according to The Crimson .

I’m sure Sheldon died with thousands of photos of Ivy League bros hanging in his home office. You know, for research purposes.

Here’s an extensive list of actors and actresses who went to Ivy League schools though not all of them during the “pose naked” years. Mentioned earlier were Clinton, Bush and Streep, and those would all be interesting photos just based on the fact they possibly a) exist and b) could be worth millions. Other possible naked pictures of note include Kathryn Bigelow, Bill Nye, Tommy Lee Jones, Angela Bassett and future President Donald Trump.

[via Boston.com]