(CBS) — Where’s Waldo isn’t a topic you would think would be on a college application, but it is.

The New York Times says there’s a new trend by universities to ask potential students out of the box questions to get a glimpse into their personalities, but the University of Chicago has been doing it for years.

Spokeswoman Grace Chapin says students seem to like bizarre questions like “What does Play-Doh have to do with Plato?”

“What I did on my summer vacation or a story about grandpa is not usually the best way to elucidate how a student might participate in class or what they are thinking about or what their ideas are,” said Chapin.

Some universities are going as far as “tell us your favorite joke and try to explain it without ruining it.”

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