Thread: Attention paranoid wierdos!!!!
11-14-2005, 08:55 PM #1
Attention paranoid wierdos!!!!
I thought MIT would have been studying something stupid like how to make free energy or a solution to the enery problems of the world. Silly me.
Last edited by stm4710; 11-14-2005 at 08:58 PM.I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
11-14-2005, 09:40 PM #2
Even the Brainiacs need to blow off steam once in a while....
You must also give the guys and gals of MIT credit for some pretty good pranks... like the mockup of the State Police cruiser on the State House dome, the radio controlled helium balloon inflating at the 50 yard line during the annual Harvard/Yale football game, and of course, the classic measurement of distance... the "smoot"!"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
11-14-2005, 10:08 PM #3Originally Posted by CaptainGonzoOriginally Posted by ThNozzleMan
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11-15-2005, 11:11 AM #4
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True, even they need some fun for once... what the heck is a SMOOT? never heard of that...we run into buildings when everyone else is running out... we save lives every day... we are the unsung heroes... we are Firefighters... to the 343 who died on 9/11, we salute you.
21-4-5 to dispatch, we have a problem... dispatch hazmat units (guy running around in boxers covered in sewage) we will need class A hazmat suits, and DECOM showers.
11-15-2005, 03:59 PM #5
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The smoot is a nonstandardunit of length created as part of an MIT fraternity prank. It is named after an MIT fraternity pledge at Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Oliver R. Smoot (class of 1962), who in October, 1958 was rolled head over heels by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge. The smoot is equal to his height (five feet and seven inches -- 1.70 m), and the bridge's length was measured to be "364.4 smoots plus one ear". Everyone walking across the bridge today sees painted markings indicating how many smoots they are from the Boston-side river bank. The marks are repainted each year by the incoming associate member class (similar to pledge class) of Lambda Chi Alpha. Markings typically appear every 10 smoots, but additional marks appear at other numbers in between. For example, the 70-smoot mark is omitted in favor of a mark for 69. The 182.2-smoot mark is accompanied by the words "Halfway to Hell" and an arrow pointing towards MIT. Each class also paints a special mark for their graduating year. The rival Fiji fraternity also paints the smoots, but purple, their fraternity color, only to be soon repainted another color, presumeably by Lambda Chi Alpha. The markings have become well-accepted by the public, to the point that they are sometimes used by police to indicate the location of accidents along the bridge.
This was only the beginning of Smoot's career in standards and measurement; he later became Chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
A tool in Google Earth allows users to measure distances in smoots, as well as other more conventional units."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
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