‘S out of the ordinary.
Don’t want to hurt nobody.
Some, things, sure, sweep, me, off, my, feet…
Burnin’ down the house! "
In doing my research, I found a mention of the fact that the tradition began “around 30 years ago” according to a story that had been written in 2005. So at least I had the beginning of a time line for "when". The next logical question was "what" was the initial trigger that caused the first couch- burning incident in Morgantown…other than too much beer? Of course, "why" will forever be a question that goes unanswered into perpetuity.
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Today, WVU has become known as the school that burns couches as well as for very often being named, much more importantly, as "the number one party school in the country". These kids really have got it all going on in "Mo'Town".
Above: Our story starts out, innocently enough, here on the beautiful campus of Faber...er, West Virginia University. Dean Wermer's office is in the administration building, lower center.
Above: Ah the Delta frat house at WVU. Now we're getting warmer! Kind of sinister in appearance, I'm sure that there are tons of couches stockpiled in their basement as well as a multitude of chilling beer kegs, anxiously anticipating giving up their sweet nectar. Below: Half of the fun of burning a couch, apparently, is seeing if you can "take the heat" as this biophysics major is discovering.
Above: Not very smart. Look closely at this picture. You'll notice that this couch is on fire inside the house (hence the song from the "Talking Heads") ! But don't blame an '80s song for this because these fires have been going on since before the "Talking Heads" were even born! Below, a couchfire has another Morgantown street blocked.
Above:A typical "Hooplehead" sits on a burning couch. Not very smart, but obviously, "He's the man". I'm sure that his girlfriend was impressed too. Below: Another graduate student from the WVU School of Brain Surgery revels as the last remnants of his couch go up in toxic smoke.
Above: Here's an interesting fellow. I was trying to figure out what could possibly be more fun than lying on a burning couch drinking a beer? Unfortunately, I came up empty! Below: Who knows what this guy's trying to accomplish?
Above: One of the more intense couch fires you'll ever find. "The pyromaniacs friend ", gasoline, probably had something to do with it, I'd lay money on that! Notice that no brave men are lying on this couch!
Above: This mode of celebration is spreading like a bad brush fire. From Edmonton, Canada after winning the cup to Below: Our own University of Pittsburgh following the Steeler's most recent SuperBowl XLIII victory on February 1st.
Above: One guy that we're sure will never be caught DEAD anywhere near Morgantown, West Virginia!!! It's the Browns former quarterback, Tim Couch. Yeah, he stunk, but you don't have to burn him. In fact, Steeler fans would probably like to thank him!