Jumping off the Edge of the American West

by Kieran Healy on August 8, 2008

Mild-mannered Professor of History by day, Eric Rauchway emerges at night other times of the day in an altogether different guise.

Eric RauchwayRauchfish

He’s going to swim a mile for charity (presumably in just a few seconds, and while wholly underwater). You can go ahead and donate some money to his cause. Comments are open on the topic of the Rauchfish’s origin story, his unique powers, his faithful sidekick, and the special properties of his suit.



grackle 08.09.08 at 12:03 am

Isn’t that the short guy from Back to the Future in the picture on the left? Does this mean Christopher Lloyd is his side-kick? Way Cool. Swim, history guy, swim.


LizardBreath 08.09.08 at 1:20 am

I’ve heard tell that a student left his office hours last year unable to form articulate speech, except for muttering “Gills. It had gills.” over and over again. The student was never seen in the history department again, although some say that marine biology’s enrollment went up by one.


Jason B 08.09.08 at 1:42 am

He communicates with dense students by way of the rings of mental energy that emanate from his forehead.

But he’s mostly useless as a Super Friend.


Eric 08.09.08 at 2:18 am

Thanks, Kieran. And everyone else, please give!


ben wolfson 08.09.08 at 2:49 am

I love Rauchfisch. I should see about getting some.


Tom T. 08.09.08 at 5:28 am

I appreciate your not showing the suit from the waist down.


Michael Bérubé 08.09.08 at 8:31 pm

I’ve met Eric, and can tell you that he really was bitten by a radioactive dolphin when he was doing the research for Murdering McKinley. Seriously — I’ve seen the bite marks.


ben wolfson 08.09.08 at 9:27 pm

All you’ve seen are marks, Michael. You don’t know that they’re radioactive dolphin bite marks, or even bite marks at all. They get up to weird stuff in Davis—they could have been anything.

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