There was a Catholic secondary school for women a mile and a half or so from the Government teacher training college where Fanselow was teaching in 1962. Young Catholic women taught at the secondary school not as Peace Corps Volunteers, but as volunteers for a Catholic organization.
John and the women would often get together on weekends after mass at the secondary school and sometimes went on walks later in the day.
One afternoon they came upon the large pot used to cook stew for events in the village. John and the women teachers had food with them as well as forks, knives and spoons for their picnic, and they thought it would be a good joke to give forks, etc. to the people in the village and hop into the pot. (John had remembered seeing an old Abbot and Costello movie with a similar scene.)
Of course as soon as he saw the slides of the photos he realized how insulting and insensitive their joke was.
The villagers, however, had thought it was a funny thing what John had done, but they had not seen any Abbot and Costello movies, and had no experience of putting people in pots.
The photo was taken in 1962 after Fanselow had been in Uyo, the town where both institutions were located, for only a few months.
Rather than destroy the outrageous photo John, throughout his long teaching career, has used the photo when discussing how we often do things without thinking of what we supposedly have learned. That is one reason, John says today, “why trying to teach cross cultural understanding is so tough.”