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MIT culture distinguishes itself not only for its seriousness of purpose, but also for its unique sense of humor, as expressed through " hacking ." Hacks at the Institute are elaborate but benign practical jokes, perpetrated anonymously on campus, around Cambridge, or even farther afield, and that amaze for their creativity, cleverness, and difficulty of execution. A 1958 prank in which the Harvard Bridge was measured in increments of fraternity pledge Oliver Smoot has achieved such fame that HISPool shoes black BtISS
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Although not officially sanctioned, hacks can be appreciated for their technical prowess and humorous digs at rival institutions, for example in the astonishing emergence of a large black weather balloon with MIT written all it over in the middle of a Melvin amp; HamiltonSCARLETT Slipons wood/trim gold 7pnACZp
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Pirate Certificate

Not content to just produce exceptional graduates in the usual fields of study, the Institute also offers its swashbuckling students the opportunity to become certified pirates. Students who complete four physical education courses—archery, fencing, pistol (or rifle), and sailing—are eligible to receive a adidas OriginalsPROPHERE Trainers grey tizMJWQ
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Brass Rat

In a ritual long enjoyed by MIT undergraduates, a committee of sophomores gathers each year to design their class ring, which is ceremoniously revealed during the spring term. The history of MIT’s class ring dates back to 1929 when a student committee convened to design what is formally known as the “Standard Technology Ring.” Featuring a beaver on top (an industrious, nocturnal, American animal), the Boston and Cambridge skylines on the sides, and the MIT seal and dome on the shank, the ring also incorporates unique design elements related to each individual graduating class. Made of gold, the ring’s nickname, “the Brass Rat,” derives from its color—similar to brass—and the prominence of the beaver mascot—resembling a rat.

A concrete symbol of an MIT education, the distinctive Brass Rat is recognized worldwide and instantly identifies MIT alumni to one another, serving as a reminder of the bond that all MIT students share.

F.A.T. Chain Reaction

For 19 years, the Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction has been a highly anticipated event that brings participants together to link their chain reaction devices in order to form one enormous, collaborative chain reaction, which is then set off as the culmination of the afternoon. Participants range from Girl Scout troops to artists and engineers, from MIT clubs to middle schools and family teams. More than 1,000 people attend this giant chain reaction each year.

MIT Mystery Hunt

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is a puzzle hunt competition that takes place on the MIT campus every year in January. The hunt challenges each participating team to solve a large number of puzzles that lead to an object (called a “coin”) hidden somewhere on campus. The winning team gets to write the subsequent year’s hunt. Mystery Hunt was launched in 1981 and is widely regarded as one of the oldest and most complex puzzle hunts in the world. It attracts more than 2,000 people every year and has inspired similar competitions at universities, companies, and cities around the world.

Pi Day

In true MIT fashion, the Institute typically releases admissions decisions on Pi Day (March 14), an annual celebration of the mathematical constant. Frequently, these admissions decisions are released at 6:28 p.m., which is known colloquially as “Tau time” (Πx2). An exception was made for the release time of early decisions on March 14, 2015—known as “Super Pi Day” as the date reflects the full first five digits of Pi (3.1415)—when admissions decisions were released at 9:26 a.m. in order to continue with the next three digits of Pi. MIT Admissions creates a humorous video to accompany the announcements and celebrate the tradition, and posts this to the PumaEVOSPEED STAR 6 Spikes red blast/fizzy yellow joC1rHGKT


About MIT
July 20, 2018
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President Trump surprised everyone — his own director of national intelligence included — on Thursday by seemingly inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington. This sent Stephen Colbert into a conniption fit on Thursday's .

"It is hard to imagine you could be this shocked every day by the Trump administration," Colbert said. "I mean, freshly shocked!" Americans were horrified by Trump's Monday meeting in Helsinki with Putin, Colbert said, and since then, people within the administration have been "trying to put distance between Trump and Putin." But then the president had to sabotage those efforts with a tweet (what else?), suggesting he and Putin were arranging a meeting. That made Colbert spit out his coffee.

"Second meeting. Second meeting?!" Colbert gasped. "Because the first one went so well! ... Nothing could have gone worse than your meeting in Helsinki!" So what's Trump thinking? Colbert says one thing's for sure: Trump is in Putin's pocket. "The reason remains, why? There's only two possible answers: Either Putin has something on him, or he's an idiot." Either way, somebody has to break it to Trump that Putin doesn't have his interests at heart, so Colbert staged a tearful intervention. Watch below — but beware, there's some NSFW language.

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It took Trump 14 years to realize why The Apprentice was named The Apprentice

July 20, 2018

premiered on Jan. 8, 2004. On July 19, 2018, President Trump realized what the title of his show meant.

The realization hit Trump while at a White House jobs event Thursday, with Ivanka Trump in attendance. Trump told the audience that "23 companies and associations are pledging to expand apprenticeships," then paused for a beat. "That's an interesting word for me to be saying, right, ?"

Okay, that's fine, Trump made a reference to a reality program he once hosted, not a big deal. But now that everything about the show and the board room and Omarosa and telling people "You're fired!" suddenly made sense, he kept going. "I never actually put that together until just now," Trump said. "That was a good experience, I will tell you that." Turning to his former co-star/daughter/senior adviser, he continued, "Isn't that strange, Ivanka? I never associated, but here we are, can't get away from that word. It's a great word." Watch the president connect the dots in the video below.

Trump goes on a tangent about his old TV show, 'The Apprentice'

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