Slippery Character

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to pay a year of Cornell endowed tuition entirely in eels? No? Well, one recent doctoral alum has. And he can tell you, too: a whopping 213,024.

John Wyatt Greenlee, PhD ’20, knows his eels. The medieval studies grad calls himself the “Surprised Eel Historian” on Twitter, where he shares eel-related factoids both vintage and modern on a near-daily basis—including the observation that since eels cost the equivalent of 33 to 66 cents each in medieval England, “hotdogs are a good modern analog” for their price point.

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