A company of porcupines crowded themselves very close together one cold winter’s day so as to profit by one another’s warmth and so save themselves from being frozen to death. But soon they felt one another’s quills, which induced them to separate again. And now, when the need for warmth brought them nearer together again, the second evil arose once more. So that they were driven backwards and forwards from one trouble to the other, until they had discovered a mean distance at which they could most tolerably exist. — Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga und Paralipomena, II. Teil, XXXI., “Gleichnisse und Parabeln” (As quoted in Sigmund Freud, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego) And then re-quoted from Zizek's article on hipsters. Probably a more relevant metaphor for your adolescence/college existence! The point was that you could look like a full skeleton!