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An Open Letter To THON’s ‘What’s In The Box?’

Recently, we got to see one of my personal favorite THON segments so far: ”What’s In The Box?” If you weren’t able to catch this segment of THON that happened around 6:42 a.m. Saturday, it’s a pretty simple game. Basically, the contestants put their hands into a box they cannot see inside. The goal is to, you guessed it, guess what’s in the box? The kicker is that we, the audience, can see what is inside the box. 

You may have seen this before on Fear Factor or maybe even The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It’s a classic, fan-favorite game. It’s hysterical to hear contestants make crazy and silly guesses even when the item is so simple.

For these reasons, I would like to request that “What’s In The Box?” graze the THON stage again sometime this weekend. I know this would be quite the turnaround, assuming the return of this fan-favorite is most likely not on the agenda. So, I want to help out in any way possible. Surely, the most difficult part of setting up the game is deciding what will go into the box. The THON team did a great job of choosing items for the first round of this game. For the (hopeful) second round, I want to help out by proposing ideas for what should go in the box.

Fanny Pack

I don’t know if there is anything more common to see at THON than fanny packs, other than smiling faces, of course!

Pint Of Creamery Ice Cream

You need something sticky to keep things exciting! The person could get bonus points if they can even accurately guess what flavor of Creamery ice cream it is.


Let’s just be honest here. Things get a little boring during the graveyard shift of THON. What better way to make things a tad more exciting than adding the thrill of a live rattlesnake to the classic game of “What’s In The Box?”

The Joe Pa Statue

Apparently, it doesn’t exist anymore. So, it would be nearly impossible for our contestants to guess what is in that box! How can you guess something that you are being led to believe doesn’t exist anymore?

The Nittany Lion

It could be fun, for the final item, to hide our beloved mascot under the table with his head poking up through the box. This is sure to get a good chuckle in the Bryce Jordan Center while continuing to instill school spirit.

Cold Chicken Thigh Halal

As a staple item in dining halls across campus, our student contestants shouldn’t have much of an issue guessing this one.

Action-Figure-Sized Old Main

Need I say more? This is an easy one.

TI-84 Calculator

I think it is important to remind everyone that this weekend is all about FTK but come Monday, we have midterms coming up. 

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Rico Gore

Rico is a senior advertising major from Pittsburgh who has been with Onward State since just a couple weeks into his freshman year. He loves to drink Diet Coke and eat Mexican food. You can follow Rico on Instagram @RealBigRico and TikTok @RealBigRico.

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